THE PURPOSE OF PUBLIC EXECUTION
The murder of the seventy royal princes of Israel
Nicely sanitized, this image gives no real idea of the horror of what happened to the seventy male children of the royal house of King Ahab.
In reality their heads were hacked off and placed in oozing baskets at the city gates, as a graphic warning for passers-by.
This practice was not uncommon. There were wholesale purges when one dynasty replaced another. No rivals were left alive.
It paid to make this event known to the subjects of the deposed monarch, as a deterrent against any form of protest.
Public execution, or the display of executed or dismembered bodies, is a popular deterrent in times of civic upheaval.
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