Pondering the Mysteries: The second sorrowful mystery, the scourging at the pillar

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?

Read the rest over at Plain Grace.Β 

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