Abstracts

PENOLOGY

E. Ben-Zimra, "The Aims of Punishment in Jewish Criminal Law as Reflected in the Responsa Literature" (Heb.), Sinai 88 (5741), - 239-259. - Both the generally accepted aims of punishment in the Criminal law, and the special role of punishment in terms of the Jewish religion, are reflected in the Responsa literature on this subject. In the final analysis, all such aims are incorporated in the final goal of being "a holy people to the Lord your God." Ben-Zimra raises the issue of the influence of external factors on Rabbinic penology such as the limited jurisdiction of the Jewish courts to inflict punishment, the attitudes to the punishment of offenders in society at large and the internal strength of the Jewish communal governing body, and concludes that further research is necessary in this area. (Y.S.K.)

 

 

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