Question: For what crimes does the Old Testament call for capital punishment?
Answer: There are many. Whatever you think about capital punishment, understand that the Bible portrays everything on the following list as a serious offense.
Here is a list of most of them.
A. Murder (Exod 21:12; Lev 24:17).
B. Adultery (Lev 20:10).
C. Homosexuality (Lev 20:13).
D. Bestiality (Exod 22:19; Lev 20:15-16).
E. A woman being found to be a non-virgin on her wedding
night (Deut 22:13-17).
F. Rape (Deut 22:25).
G. Incest (Lev 20:11, etc.).
H. Idolatry (Deut 17:1-5).
I. Sorcery, etc. (Exod 22:18).
J. False prophecy (Deut 18:20).
K. Violating the Sabbath (Num 15:32-36).
L. Blaspheming God's name (Lev 24:10-16).
M. Kidnapping (Exod 21:16).
N. Cursing a parent (Exod 21:17; Lev 20:9).
O. Striking a parent (Exod 21:15).
P. Being a consistently rebellious child (Deut 21:18-21).
Q. Having your ox gore someone when you knew your ox would
gore (Exod 21:28-32).
R. Disobeying a judge's order (Deut 17:12)
William P. Griffin, Ph.D.