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by Wayne Blank
"His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; for he that is hanged is accursed of God"
During Bible history, "hanging," in the modern sense, was apparently a means of suicide rather than execution.
"And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father" (2 Samuel 17:23 KJV)
The Egyptian Pharaoh's chief baker was beheaded and then hanged.
"Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee." (Genesis 40:19 KJV)
By The Lord's command, the Israelites executed people, usually by Stoning, and then hanged them - with a time limit on how long the body was to remain.
"And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear."
Crucifixion was also a form of a gallows, in the sense of "hanging" condemned people, just as Jesus Christ was hung "on the tree" (1 Peter 2:24 KJV).
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