From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
It illustrates lines from Leviticus in the Old Testament and shows an Israelite man being stoned for blasphemy. It was part of a group of 135 drawings and paintings of biblical subjects by Blake, commissioned by his patron Thomas Butts.
- Lucian was nicknamed by Christian writers as the blasphemer.
- blasphemeth the name of the Lord... shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him.’