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Getting the possessions of an executed criminal was a pretty standard perk for soldiers of the time. It may not seem like much of a perk to us, but clothing was a significant expense at the time (as it is in many parts of the world today). 'Blood-soaked' wouldn't have been a problem. Things can be cleaned, especially if they were valuable. Just because you ...


In Psalm 22:18 it says "For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” It was a prophecy that was being fulfilled even in the act of Jesus' death. Besides that, the Roman soldiers probably were just making a game out of an everyday situation for them.


Survey of Roman law A now deleted (near) duplicate of this question asked if a claim that the Roman law forbid the crucifixion of thieves, so I'll start with that question, which is highly relevant to our exegesis of the Gospel accounts. There are a lot of claims on the Internet and in popular-level books about Roman crucifixion. Some common claims ...

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