• Old Testament

    What Does it Mean to be Cut Off in the Old Testament?

    Throughout the Old Testament there are numerous times where it is said of an individual, a family, or a nation that they will be “cut off.” But what exactly does that mean? The main theories are as follows: childlessness and premature deathpremature death caused by Godcapital punishment administered by a human courtcessation of existence after death so as not to enjoy eternal lifeproclamation of God’s judgment In evaluating what this phrase means, it is helpful to examine the main offenses in which being “cut off” is an appropriate penalty (Stuart, Exodus, 284). failure to practice circumcision (Gen 17:14)failure to eat unleavened bread during Passover (Exod 12:15, 19)illegally manufacturing or using…