Aug 302017

Study Guide Sanhedrin 45

If after the person is convicted, the witnesses claim that they were lying, we do not accept their testimony and the person is killed.  Likewise, if the convicted person himself makes it clear that he/she is innocent, they are still sent to be killed as there is reason to believe that they are not telling the truth and therefore the court’s original ruling stands.  How was the stoning ceremony done?  A man is stripped of his clothing but was the woman also?  This is a subject of debate and seems to contradict a similar argument by the same rabbis regarding the Sotah.  One who is stoned is thrown from a building by one of the witnesses and then a rock is thrown on him by another. Where is this derived from?  In all of these laws, there is an underlying concept that one should choose the quickest method of death.

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