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Why do you think that some books in the Bible say that Jesus died at The place of a skull which Is called In the Hebrew Golgotha the sight of the crucifixion.

Matthew 27:33 (KJV)

33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

Mark 15:22 (KJV)

22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

John 19:17 (KJV)

17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Now in these scriptures they tell a different story. They say Jesus was killed from hanging on a tree.

Acts 5:30 (KJV)

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

Acts 10:39. (KJV)

39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree.

Acts 13:29. (KJV)

29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

Galatians 3:13. (KJV)

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

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The Greek word translated as "cross" is σταυρός (Strong's G4716 - stauros). It is used exclusively (17 times) in the Gospels to refer to the method by which Jesus was killed, and in almost all other instances, except:

  1. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
    -- Acts 5:30 (KJV)

    And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
    -- Acts 10:39 (KJV)

    Both record Peter's words. The first, when he testified concerning Jesus before the Jewish leaders, "whom YE slew"; and the second just before the Holy Spirit fell upon all the Gentile believers. On the second occasion, Peter says, "whom THEY slew", but it is a generic "they" because there is nothing in his speech that identifies who the "they" are. However, his audience knew.

    It is clear from this that Peter wanted to advertise the fact that those responsible for precipitating Jesus' death, had done a despicable thing.

  2. The "despicable thing" Peter was referring to is explained by Paul, when he says:

    Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
    -- Galatians 3:13 (KJV)

    Paul joins Peter in alluding to the same despicable method of dying, by pointing out that the manner of Jesus' death made him accursed -- "despised and rejected" as it was given by the prophet (Isaiah 53 :3).

  3. In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter again uses this expression:

    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

  4. 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. ...
    29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
    -- Acts 13:27,29 (KJV)

    Like Peter, Paul is drawing attention to the despicable nature of what the perpetrators, "they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers", had done.

    If this were the only record of Paul concerning how Jesus was killed, then there might be some doubt, but since he uses cross σταυρός on all but one occasion throughout his epistles (10 times), from his testimony the matter is clearly settled -- Jesus was killed on a cross.

Conclusion

Jesus was killed on a cross -- a cross is not a tree, but is made from a tree -- and for the purpose of opening the eyes of the perpetrators, to the despicable nature of what they had done to a man "who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him", Peter, and Paul (twice from twelve references) have depicted it as being hung "on a tree", which all who were familiar with the Torah would have understood as an accursed way to be put to death (Deuteronomy 21:23).

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The Tree stands as a euphemism for the sin that came to the world through the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and also for the Cross which, through the death of Jesus, cleanses the world of its sins. The author of Acts employed the euphemism to bring home his readers to the fact God could sublimate a medium of sin and shame to one of holiness and joy !

  • What evidence do you have that "tree" was a euphemism? – curiousdannii May 15 '17 at 13:06
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To answer the question, one idea from Deut. 21:23 is that an already dead man was hung on the tree, but the other idea was "as if" already dead was hung on the tree.

Deut. 21:23

And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:

First idea is shown. An already dead man was hung on the tree.

Jos. 10:26

And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.

2 Sam 4:12

And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

Second idea was "as if" already dead was hung on the tree. This is applied to Roman crucifixion, that Christ was as good as dead when hung on the tree and died on the tree/cross. This is also shown from Scripture.

Gen. 22:4

Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off

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Heb. 11:19

Accounting that God was able to raise him [Isaac] up, even from the dead; from whence also he [Abraham] received him in a figure.

Abraham reasoned because of God's promise, Isaac would be raised from the dead. So, Isaac was as good as dead even as they traveled to the mount. When they hung Christ on the cross, He was already as good as dead and died on the cross.

This same idea is brought out with Vines as to Acts 5:30, Acts 26:21 with the second idea (already dead--as in dead man hung on the cross).

Vines- Kill: primarily, "to have in hand, manage" (cheir, "the hand"), is used in the Middle Voice, in the sense of "laying hands on" with a view to "kill," or of actually "killing," Act 5:30, "ye slew;" Act 26:21, "to kill."

  • Please review the edit, and perhaps increase the depth of your answer. I have pulled the scripture out of the text for ease of reading. Please ensure that your flow and meaning still means what you intended. – KorvinStarmast May 15 '17 at 13:06
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The last comment states that Peter "says" in the book of Peter. It is known historically that Peter did not write the book of Peter. Claiming such a thing only serves to lend false sense of credibility to the fraudulent explanation given you. There is a thing called Truth and there is what is most popular. This is defending Christian biblical traditions at the expense of the Truth. The word cross is used in many places in the Bible, and the word tree in others. There is no "translation" justification for this discrepancy. Tree = δέντρο Cross = σταυρός These are two distinct Greek words. So the translation mishap excuse fails the smell test. Furthermore, the common Christian image of Jesus on the cross is not historically accurate. The Christian cross would have been too costly to reproduce and too labor intensive to erect for all the numerous crucifixions they were carrying out. It was instead two small tree branches crossed in an X shape with a third support beam branch behind it to hold it upright. This would have been what Jesus was crucified on, not the popularized image which so many still think he was crucified on. He was crucified on the same thing the Romans crucified every one else on, not on the image popularized by the early church.

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    It is not "known" that Peter did not author the books ascribed to him. It is argued by some that he is not the author, and that he is the author by others. But it's impossible to prove. – curiousdannii May 14 '17 at 14:46

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