Just the title of this mystery invokes shudders.
Public punishment is not something we have in our culture. But up until about a hundred years ago, this was a normal part of life. People were put in stocks, were whipped in courtyards, and, in Jesus’ time, scourged. It was thought to be a deterrent to bad behavior. Mosaic law limits the amount of scourges allowed to thirty-nine.
Thirty-nine lashes against bare skin. Can you imagine?
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