It should perhaps come as no surprise that within the United States, Jewish and Christian religious bodies have not spoken with one voice on capital punishment.(16) In the broad Judeo-Christian tradition, biblical passages have been quoted by retentionists and abolitionists alike in support of their respective positions.(17) While it might be one thing for certain Jews(18) to quote the Hebrew Bible in support of capital punishment, it is striking that so many Christians support capital punishment.


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