(as a punishment), a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies of criminals (De 21:23) rather than our modern mode of punishment. Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Nu 25:4; De 21:22). (See 2Sa 21:6 for the practice of the Gibeonites.)
Hanging (as a curtain). (1.) Heb masak, (a) before the entrance to the court of the tabernacle (Ex 35:17); (b) before the door of the tabernacle (Ex 26:36-37); (c) before the entrance to the most holy place, called "the veil of the covering" (Ex 35:12; 39:34), as the word properly means.
(3.) Heb bottim (2Ki 23:7), "hangings for the grove" (R.V., "for the Asherah"); marg., instead of "hangings," has "tents" or "houses." Such curtained structures for idolatrous worship are also alluded to in Eze 16:16.
Criminals were usually put to death before hanging, for ignominy (Jos 10:26). The bodies were removed before nightfall in order not to defile the land (De 21:22-23). Hence our Lord's body as those of the two thieves was taken from the cross before the "high day" of the approaching "sabbath" (Joh 19:31).