The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty

By Dale S. Recinella ’76J.D. (Northeastern University Press)


Does the Bible support capital punishment? The author analyzes scripture and takes an in-depth look at how the death penalty in America functions today.

Recinella was a long-time supporter of the death penalty, until he began doing research on a death penalty brief. That experience, he writes, caused him to ask: “Does our [death penalty] system bear any resemblance to the one we defend with scriptural quotes?” Ultimately, he says, “[T]he American death penalty fails miserably in ever possible respect to meet any of even the most minimal biblical standards.”

(June 2005)