Hang • Hangings
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hanging[Heb tālâ; Gk. kremánnumi]. In the OT, where the word is used in connection with punishments, it refers to the hanging of the corpse in public after execution. Stoning was the usual form of capital punishment, but as an added warning (cf. Gen. 40:19, Josh. 8:29; 10:26; 2 S. 4:12) Deuteronomic
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
hanging. In the Bible, hanging is not normally a method of execution; rather, people who have been previously executed are hung after death as a display that renders them disgraced or accursed (cf. Deut. 21:22–23; Gal. 3:10–14). This was permitted, with a proviso that the corpse be taken down before
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hanging Hangings
Hanging, Hangings1. The “hanging” was a curtain or “covering” to close an entrance; one was placed before the door of the tabernacle. Ex. 26:36, 37; 39:38. 2. The “hangings” were used for covering the walls of the court of the tabernacle, just as tapestry is used in modern times. Ex. 27:9; 35:17; 38:9;
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hanging(as a punishment), a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies of criminals (Deut. 21:23) rather than our modern mode of punishment. Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Nu. 25:4; Deut. 21:22). (See 2 Sam. 21:6 for the practice of the Gibeonites.)Hanging (as a curtain). (1.) Heb.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hanginghanging, a method of execution in which the victim is suspended from a rope around the neck. Hanging was not a method of execution in the Bible; rather, executed people were hung after death. Thus Joshua hung the corpse of the king of Ai (Josh. 8:29) and of the five anti-Gibeonite kings (Josh.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HANGING — The usual method of capital punishment in Bible times, especially among the Hebrew people, was stoning, not hanging (Ex. 19:13). Occasionally the Hebrews hung the corpses of lawbreakers on trees, although they were to be removed before nightfall (Deut. 21:22–23). In Egypt a beheaded corpse
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
HangingHanging (by a noose) was rarely a means of execution until Roman times. The two clear instances of death by hanging recorded in the Bible are suicides: Ahithophel (2 Sam 17:23) and Judas (Mt 27:5). The reference in Esther to a gallows and hanging (2:23; 5:14; 6:4; 9:13–14; 9:25) is to be taken
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HANGING<hang’-ing> ([תָּלָה‎, talah], “to hang up,” “suspend,” 2 Sam 21:12; Dt 28:66; Job 26:7; Ps 137:2; Song 4:4; Hos 11:7): Generally, where the word is used in connection with punishments, it appears to have reference to the hanging of the corpse after execution. We find but two clear
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Hanged or Strangled. Examples from the ancient classic writers:—(1) Ac′hius, King of Lydia, endeavoured to raise a new tribute from his subjects, and was hanged by the enraged populace, who threw the dead body into the river Pacto′lus.(2) Ama′ta, wife of King Lati′nus, promised her daughter Lavin′ia
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Hangʹing. This is named as one of the modes of punishment (see Punishment), but it is probable that death was actually inflicted before the hanging took place. In Deut. 21:22, 23 a limit is set to the term of suspension, and this for the special reason “that the land might not be defiled.” The restriction
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HANGING A method of ridiculing, shaming, and desecrating an enemy. Hanging was not regarded as a means of capital punishment according to biblical law, although it was practiced by the Egyptians (Gen. 40:19, 22) and the Persians (Esther 7:9). The Israelites, after putting an enemy or criminal to death,
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
HangHebrew expression: talahPronunciation: taw LAWHStrong’s Number: 8518Key VersesGenesis 40:19, 22; Deuteronomy 21:22–23; Esther 7:9–10The Hebrew word talah indicates death by hanging. The root means “to let dangle.” Talah is found more often in Esther than in any other book of the Old Testament.
Key passages
Ge 40:18–22

Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: The three baskets, they are three days. In three days Pharaoh will lift your head from you and hang you on a pole, and the birds will eat your flesh from you.” And it happened that on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, …