Just this week an Ontario Court ruled that a 19 year old convicted of first degree murder of a police officer would be spared jail time (he was 15 at the time of the murder) as the judge ruled that the injuries he suffered as a result of his actions - he is now a quadriplegic - is punishment enough. I have little interest in commenting on the case itself (see here for further details) but the story came to my mind as I was learning the discussion of the korban mincha, the flour offering, that the suspected Sotah must bring.
Jewish law and thought covers all aspects of life and that means nothing is beyond the purview of Talmudic and rabbinic discussion. With the primary theme of masechet Sotah being that of marital infidelity we should not be surprised to find rabbinic discussion focusing on exactly at what point is one considered to have engaged in an illicit sexual act.
The opening lines of a book are meant to set the tone of the book - providing background, introducing its major characters and themes. Masechet Sotah does not disappoint. On the opening page we discuss the themes of marriage, sexual infidelity, character assessment and theology.