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as a punishment—a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies of criminals (Deuteronomy 21:23) rather than our modern mode of punishment
Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Numbers 25:4; Deuteronomy 21:22). (See 2 Samuel 21:6 for the practice of the Gibeonites.)
hanging, as a curtain
This was the translation of three different Hebrew words.