By Jonathan P. Burnside
What makes one crime extra critical than one other, and why? This booklet investigates the matter of "seriousness of offence" in English legislation from the comparative point of view of biblical legislations. Burnside takes a semiotic method of exhibit how biblical conceptions of seriousness are synthesised and communicated via numerous descriptive and performative registers. Seven case stories express that biblical legislation discriminates among the seriousness of alternative offences and among the relative seriousness of an identical offence while devoted by way of varied humans or while played in several methods. ordinary components comprise situation and the offender's social statue. The last bankruptcy considers a number of the implications for the present debate approximately crime and punishment.
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