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(Gk βλασφημία/blasphēmía: “malicious remark”) refers to defamatory mockery, insult, slander and cursing of a deity in word, writings or actions. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the prohibition of blasphemy goes back to Exod 22:28. On the basis of Lev 24:16, blasphemy became a sin and a crime that was punishable by death (Religious offense). Blasphemy, initially a verbal statement against God, is not precisely defined or explained in the Hebrew Bible though it has received various interpretations in the course of the history of Judaism and Christianity.

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Beck, Herman L., “Blasphemy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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