Banishment, on the other hand, is decisive action by one in power, either forcing a change of residence or excluding one from certain rights and privileges. When Adam and Eve sinned, they were dispossessed and banished from the Garden of Eden (
Banishment was not prescribed by Mosaic law. It was not similar to the confiscation of property or capital punishment. The law did, however, call for one to be “cut off from his people” on occasion. That was the penalty, for instance, for failure to circumcise (
F. E. Hirsch, “Punishments,” ISBE, IV (1955), 2504-2506; M. F. Unger, “Banish,” UBD (1957), 121; M. Greenberg, “Banishment,” IDB, I (1962), 346; A. R. S. Kennedy, “Crimes and Punishment,” HDB (1963), 190.