In Mosaic law, murder still brought the death penalty. Its penalty for eat-
ing clean blood may have
also been execution (however, see 1 Sam.14:31-35,
where it seems an altar was used to atone with instead) (p.42, appendix).
("Blood, Medicine, and the Law of God," 1961, pp.5,6; "Blood Transfusions,"
1994, Jerry Bergman, p.161; "The
Watchtower," 1959, p.640; "Refuting Jehovah's
Witnesses," 1987, rev. 1990, Randall Watters, pp.16,17; "The Watchtower,"
1, 1989, pp.30,31)
However, even if it were the death penalty, it wouldn't necessarily be an in-
dication that it was so serious
a concern, an important ethical matter or wor-
ship of God necessity, that it would continue to be one later for Christians.
things that took the cut off penalty in Mosaic law were ritual offenses
Christians aren't obliged to avoid (Ex.12:15,19;
30:31-33,37,38; Lev.7:25; 20:
18; and others).
Mosaic law continues in Jesus' pre-crucifixion years in the New Testament
Mark 7:1-23; Matt.15:1-20
He then addressed the general gathering of people to add that nothing outside
someone that they put inside
themself can make them unclean--defilement comes
from within. Jesus' followers told him they weren't sure what he
foods were unclean by written law). Jesus repeats that something put into one's
mouth just goes through
them. (Some translations add the phrase: "Thus he de-
clared all foods clean"). But lying, stealing, murdering,
etc. (Jesus empha-
sized the ethical, not ritual, concerns of written law), come from within.