According to the Hebrew Bible, there are any number of crimes for which death is considered the appropriate penalty. Murder another person, and your own life is forfeit. Violate the Sabbath, and you will be stoned. Indulge in incest or adultery, and it is all over. Worship idols, and you have committed a capital crime. And the list goes on.
President Bush made a point of going around the table and greeting each of us personally before the "formal" meeting began. But herein lies the curious part. There really was no formal meeting.