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Did the Early Church believe that Jesus was crucified on a cross or on a stake?

[1] What Jehovah’s Witnesses believe regarding the cross and what they call a torture stake: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Christian cross is a pagan symbol. In their Kingdom Interlinear ...
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How much did the Cross of Jesus weigh?

How much did the Cross of Jesus weigh? 30At that time ‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31For if men do these things while the tree is green, what will ...
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Did the Early Church believe that Jesus was crucified on a cross or on a stake?

Further to the last point in an answer here, there is more information that can be used to show how the early Christian Church viewed the implement of Christ's death. Although not written in the era ...
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What is the basis of the Jehovah's Witnesses' belief that Jesus died on a Stake instead of a Cross?

The Jehovah's Witnesses have addresses this issue. From their web site: https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/did-jesus-die-on-cross/ Many view the cross as the most common symbol of ...
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How do Catholics respond to the claims that the cross has pagan origins?

This is a non-starter because it rests upon multiple logical fallacies, meaning it's a non-argument for anything other than one's inability or unwillingness to be logical. Namely, it commits the ...
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Was Jesus The Lamb of God or the High Priest (that offers the lamb as a sacrifice)?

He was both, but offered Himself, His own body as the perfect sacrifice. The book of Hebrews goes into great details. If you have a little time, read an overview commentary of Hebrews; if you have a ...
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How do Catholics respond to the claims that the cross has pagan origins?

How do Catholics respond to the claims that the cross has pagan origins? Of course the cross was of pagan origin and you are probably not correct that there are other "references that agree that ...
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Trying to find information on a crucifix found whilst metal detecting

just an update on the cross I found. The British Museum have reviewed it and come back with their findings. It is taking an age to further process due to Covid. The artefact has been declared as ...
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How did the cross come to be a symbol for Christianity?

Long before the cross was the staple of Christianity, Heraldic symbolism was used to help identify units on the battlefield. The two places in which the symbol of the cross featured most prominently ...
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Can a novel interpretation of John 15 be supported by art in church history?

Can a novel interpretation of John 15 be supported by art in church history? I believe it is quite possible. The Vine and the Branches 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts ...
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Can a novel interpretation of John 15 be supported by art in church history?

Your question reminds me distinctly of the opening chapter of G.K. Chesteron's "The Ball and the Cross" where Michael (possibly St. Michael, not sure) tells a story about an atheist who see ...
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Different interpretation of salvation

There are many theories of the atonement, that is what exactly Jesus did for us that saves us, and what exactly he saves us from. Many of them can be true simultaneously. See https://www.sdmorrison....
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When did the split in crufix/empty-cross sybolism occur and why did it happen?

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, whilst the cross was already a symbol of Christianity in the second century (Tertullian says: "We Christians wear out our foreheads with the sign of the ...
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Crucifixion - torture stake or cross?

There were many forms of crucifixion that the Romans employed - from the simple upright pole, actual trees, varying positions of the crossbars, or even multiple poles. However, information found in ...
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Did the Early Church believe that Jesus was crucified on a cross or on a stake?

Perhaps I don't answer your specific question very well, but four early indications our Lord was crucified on a cross can be added to other early evidences:- The Alexamenos Graffito shows a man with a ...
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How did the cross come to be a symbol for Christianity?

”The shape of the [two-beamed cross] had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and ...
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To the Protestant, what is the benefit of putting a cross inside the church?

It seems that most Protestant churches are fairly silent on their reasoning; it's something that people don't really think about because it is so ingrained into their worship. However, the Orthodox ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the use of singular word “name” in the Prayer of Sign of the Cross?

How does Catholic Church explain the use of singular word “name” in the Prayer of Sign of the Cross? As Catholics, we call it a prayer, but in reality it is more a form of addressing the three Divine ...
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What does modern scholarship conclude about the shape of the cross and the method of crucifixion?

What does modern scholarship conclude about the shape of the cross and the method of crucifixion of Jesus? The Romans had only a few forms of crucifixion methods at the time of Christ. The gibbet ...
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What does modern scholarship conclude about the shape of the cross and the method of crucifixion?

The Alexamenos Graffito - "Alexamenos worships his god". Someone decided to mock Alexamenos with some graffiti at the Palatine Hill. Christians, especially in the first and second centuries, were ...
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Take your cross, how do evangelicals do this in practice - Matthew 10:38

First point; evangelicals "pick up their cross" to follow Jesus exactly the same way as all Christians are to do. There is absolutely no need to differentiate evangelical Christians from all other ...
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Take your cross, how do evangelicals do this in practice - Matthew 10:38

The Lord Jesus Christ's teaching about taking up our cross is found in Matt 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34 and Luke 9:23. It is my belief that our Lord was addressing the subject of conversion, not ...
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Different interpretation of salvation

I would urge you to read the scriptures continually until you are persuaded you owe the true God your wholehearted worship; until you are persuaded you are a poor lost sinner; and until you know you ...
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How do Catholics respond to the claims that the cross has pagan origins?

There are 3 separate points or questions actually asked here that need to be addressed Did Jesus die on a cross or a stake? The word stauros and its definition are the problem here. Stauros meant ...
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Are there Christian Denominations or Movements who believe that Jesus didn't actually pay our sin debt?

There is one group that teaches its members that when they die physically, that is when they will pay for their own (individual) sins. Simple logic shows that this means they do not believe Jesus paid ...
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Why do Catholics portray Jesus on the Cross?

A Lutheran pastor explained the difference to me. He said Lutherans display the cross without the body as a reminder of the resurrected Christ. Catholics display the cross with the body as a reminder ...
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Does verse 3 of the hymn "It is Well" conflate parts of two different scriptures to come up with misleading theology?

The sense is that Christ became sin and when nailed to the tree did both. "and took it--Greek, and hath taken it out of the way" (so as to be no longer a hindrance to us), by "nailing ...
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Are there Christian Denominations or Movements who believe that Jesus didn't actually pay our sin debt?

It is possible that the movement called “The New Church” (which came out of Swedenborgian theology) believes that Jesus did not actually pay our sin debt. I base this on two of their principal ...
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