Biblical Stories of Crime & Punishment is a collaborative project of the undergraduate students in the Fall 2020 King’s University College (Western University), “An Eye for an Eye: Biblical Foundations of Crime and Punishment.” Using Prof. Mark Jones’ book Criminals in the Bible as a jumping off point, we attempted to fill a gap in the textbook market for a humanistic, not-exclusively-Christian reader about stories of crime and punishment in the Hebrew and Greek Bibles. Each chapter connects a biblical story to modern concepts of crime and asks what these stories construe as criminal or wrongful behaviour, and what kind of response is or is not warranted.

As the Fall 2020 semester began, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gained traction in and around London, Ontario, Canada, where King’s is located. As we all waded into the unknown waters of virtual classrooms, we wanted to leave our mark in the world of online learning. This open access, digital textbook is the outcome of our efforts. 

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