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Was Pilate mandated to withhold the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion? The short answer is no. He had the authority to release the body of Jesus to his family, but only after verifying that Christ was indeed dead. But by Roman tradition, Romans left the bodies on the Cross for the animals to be devoured by wild animals and birds of prey. Notwithstanding, ...


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We may find the answer to the OP question a few verses earlier in John 19 and in Roman law of the time. Was Pilate mandated to withhold the body of Jesus? No, Pilate had already "freed" the body when other Jewish parties requested that the bodies of the three criminals be dealt with due to the High Sabbath (the first day of the Feast of Unleavened ...


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I can't offer a Catholic perspective here, but since this is fundamentally a question about history, I'll chime from that angle. Those who deny the resurrection of Jesus are fond of claiming that a convict would have been thrown into an unmarked, mass grave (e.g. Ehrman, Ludemnn), because this was standard Roman process for executed criminals. In addition to ...


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Who was who during the Crucifixion of Jesus, who is called the Christ? I will divide this into two sections: Part 1 will focus on witnesses named in the canonical Gospels. Part 2 will focus on the those witnesses which are known to us from exterior sources of the Gospels, such as named by tradition, legend or Apocrypha. Part 1 According to the Gospels, the ...


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Jn 19:25-26 names the following five : Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby.. Mtt 27: 55-56 adds to the number: And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering ...


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