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What was the most likely method of crucifixion that was used on Jesus?

That Christ's hands were nailed to the cross is firmly established by Scripture. Following the Resurrection, the Apostle Thomas doubted that Christ was alive: So he [Thomas] said to them, "Unless I ...
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Why didn't the Archangel Michael save Jesus when he was crucified?

Jesus' main purpose in coming to earth was to die on the cross in order to redeem mankind from their sins. He attests to this in a number of places in the Bible, and other writers of scripture also ...
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According to Orthodox Christianity, did God die on the cross at Calvary?

From the Orthodox POV, the answer is unequivocally yes. The Orthodox understand John 1:14 literally: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only ...
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What crime was committed by the "thieves" crucified with Jesus?

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 ...
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Was Jesus crucified naked?

He most likely was crucified naked - this is consistent with the biblical narrative of the guards casting lots for his garment and with standard historical practice. In the paintings, the artists ...
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Why didn't the Jews understand "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani"?

There are two basic theories here. The first is that the crowd misheard Jesus. The second is that they purposefully twisted his words to mock him. Commentators are fairly evenly split on which ...
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Why is Pontius Pilate blamed for killing Jesus in the Apostles' Creed?

Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski in his book, The Apostles's Creed: and its Early Christian Context, argues that Pilate was specifically mentioned primarily in order to argue for and defend the humanity and ...
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Looking for an apologetic to the "Cosmic Child Abuse" objection

According to the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus being the Son of God means that He is fully God made manifest in human form (John 1:14). Jesus is simultaneously both fully God and fully man. As such, ...
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If Jesus is God then how could he die?

This is where the doctrine of the hypostatic union is essential. Jesus the Son of God is one person, but he has two natures: the divine nature, and a human nature. The two natures cannot be divided, ...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

This is an impossible question to answer and not profitable to consider, IMHO. If Jesus could have died without bleeding and still saved us there are so many other aspects of the entire Scripture ...
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What are the predominant Christian views on whether Jesus had to specifically die by crucifixion? Could he have chosen another kind of death?

I am mostly familiar with the evangelical perspective, which I think is shared with mainstream Protestant denominations, since they all rely on Bible evidence alone (instead of relying on the writings ...
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Are there any secular historical references to the natural phenomena that occurred at the crucifixion and resurrection?

Julius Africanus was an early third century Christian historian. He says that a pagan historian named Thallus mentions the darkness that occurred during Jesus' crucifixion, and that Thallus explained ...
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What is the significance of colour purple in the robe that Jesus was made to wear?

Purple in the Roman Empire was associated with triumph, and came to be associated with the Emperors specifically. Along with the crown of thorns, the purple robe was a mocking symbol of Jesus' royalty....
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What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus?

Gospel of Nicodemus The earliest known record of the thieves' names occurs in the anonymous work which eventually (several centuries later) became known as the Gospel of Nicodemus. The work is ...
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What is significant about the torn curtain? What about Jesus' death impressed the centurion at the cross?

The Veil: Its meaning Most scholars are in agreement on the ultimate conclusion and meaning of the tearing of the curtain. Perhaps none are so succinct as Ezra Palmer Gould in A Critical and ...
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Why did Pilate insist on writing 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'?

Crucifixion was more than a method of execution; it was a public execution, and a long, slow, exceptionally painful one at that. Half the point was to make an example of the condemned so they could ...
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When Christ was pierced with the spear, why did water come out?

The probable medical reason is pleural efflusion, caused by hypovolemic shock and congestive heart failure. Hypovolemic shock, also called hemorrhagic shock, is a life-threatening condition that ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

He was tested The Jews living in the time of Jesus did try to discern whether Jesus was the real Messiah that they had been yearning for, because they disliked living under Roman rule and wanted to ...
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While on the cross, was Jesus abandoned by every human?

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his ...
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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

Jesus of Nazareth had been (supposedly) 'executed'. Actually he had yielded up his own life and 'expired', see all four gospels. As such, he was still 'in custody' and his body would, ordinarily, have ...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

Would salvation have been possible if Jesus died without shedding His blood? The only answer is possibly, but this is what God willed. Ultimately God could have chosen another way to save mankind, but ...
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Did the events of Good Friday take place during winter?

Good Friday is the traditional day of Jesus crucifixion. It takes place on the Friday afternoon before the Passover. Passover Timing The Passover was one of the most important holy days to the Jews. ...
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On what side was Jesus' stab wound?

From BibleHub: Pierced his side - Which side is not mentioned, nor can it be certainly known. The common opinion is that it was the left side. Car. Frid. Gruner (Commentatio Antiquaria Medica de ...
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Did Pontius Pilate follow God's Plan?

It's important to remember that just a few days earlier, Jesus had warned his disciples: Matthew 18: 7: Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe ...
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Who witnessed the crucifixion?

Matthew 27:38-54, Mark 15:27-39, Luke 23:35-49, and John 19:23-34 describe the crucifixion and the people present and name some of them. These passages from the four canonical gospels, however, give ...
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Do any denominations besides the United Church of God commemorate Jesus' death on a Wednesday?

The Bible does not say on which day of the week Jesus was crucified. There are therefore three views of crucifixion day held currently: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Friday being the most ...
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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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At what time of day was Jesus crucified?

John operates on a different chronology than Mark. Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7-9 all have the disciples asking Jesus where to prepare the Passover supper on first day of the feast of ...
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What are the general positions of different traditions on the question "did Jesus have to die?"

What you are basically asking is for different models of soteriology, which is a fancy way of asking: "What must I do to be saved?" Typically there are three general schools of thought, ...
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