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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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Who could have watched the veil of the temple tear when Jesus died?

The Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place, was separated from the outter room (the Holy Place) by the veil. Only the High Priest could go beyond the veil into the Most Holy Place, but other priests ...
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What is the biblical basis for the historicity of the Bible?

That professor hasn't read the Bible, apparently. Eyewitness Account Luke 1:1-4 (my translation) Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compose a narrative of the things which have taken place among us, ...
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Why is there no pagan historical evidence written by authors who were alive during the life of Jesus?

There are two major issues with finding any written evidence. The first is that the writers would have needed to find it important enough to write about. Everything had to be handwritten, so people ...
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Why did Jesus come?

You have left out what the angel told Joseph; "He will save his people from their sins" (Matthew ch1 v21). In other words, reversing the alienation of God and man described in Genesis ch3. ...
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Why is there no pagan historical evidence written by authors who were alive during the life of Jesus?

I would venture to guess (and guess regarding why somebody did not write something 2000 years ago is all one can do) that the reason no pagan writer mentions Jesus until years after his crucifixion is ...
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Was Jesus a carpenter or a rabbi?

2000 years ago in the Roman occupied Jewish world, people who were called rabbi generally had real jobs on the side. There were no organized rabinnic seminaries back then, but leading rabbis ...
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Can we know the exact date of Resurrection?

It is indeed possible to calculate, within a few hours, the timings of full moons in the first century. Stochastic variations mean we cannot be more accurate. The question asks whether we can apply ...
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Refutation of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald)

Fitzgerald's arguments are not academically accepted, even by fellow atheists : Fitzgerald also charges that there is no physical archaeological evidence for Jesus. But this is unproblematic because ...
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People connected to Jesus

Polycarp's only surviving writing is his Epistle to the Philippians, and the focus of his epistle is teaching the gospel rather than talking about himself. We can glean much about Polycarp's beliefs ...
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How could Jesus' audience hear Jesus without audio installation?

Quoting from http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2013/12/how-loud-was-george-whitefield.html The great preacher George Whitefield, who lived during the life of Ben Franklin, had a booming voice. ...
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Why did Jesus come?

Q: Weren't we always his children and heirs? A: No. Unless you are born from above, you are not a child of God, merely one of his creations. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his ...
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Why did Jesus come?

You say "I don't understand", which would be expected if you begin with a false premise. The only starting point for understanding why God sent his only-begotten Son into the world is to ...
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Refutation of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald)

I'm not going to answer the Question, per se. Instead, I'm going to go a step beyond Ray's Answer and respond to some of the absurd allegations being made by the OP in comments. As these are ...
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Did Jesus die on the cross crucified or was he hung to death from a tree?

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 ...
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Did Jesus write a Bible commentary?

Although Jesus didn't write about the Bible (which at that time would of course be just the Old Testament), He did teach about it. In addition to the specific quotations listed in Ruminator's answer, ...
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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday?

Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday? A valid question to say the least, but the short answer seems to be simply: no. The Catholic Church has no such tradition from the Early Church or Church ...
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Is it correct to say Bible has 2 eyewitness accounts (Matthew, Mark and Luke as comprehensive one & John being the other) of Jesus Christ's lifetime?

Because the Synoptic Gospels contain significant overlapping content but are not identical, we probably need to drill down one layer further. In one sense, the claim is true: we have two Gospels ...
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Was Jesus actively persecuted at any other points during his Ministry and/or adult life?

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus avoided to go to Jerusalem in public quite early John 2:23-25: Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was ...
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Jesus' Soul and Spirit?

1. The Soul of Christ Of Christ it was prophesied 'thou shalt not leave my soul in hades', Psalm 16:10, which is quoted in relation to Jesus by Peter in Acts 2:27. The soul of Jesus was not left in ...
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What language(s) was Christ likely to have spoken during his mortal ministry?

The answers to this question will vary according to the various perspectives. Nevertheless, it is thought by some that Jesus spoke only Aramaic. St. Thomas Aquinas seems to be of this opinion also: ...
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Did Jesus write a Bible commentary?

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16 KJV. Luke records that it was Jesus' ...
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If Jesus was weak, how could he be a carpenter?

The section of Ireaneus quoted here is part of a parenthetical phrase (note the hyphens). Some of them, moreover — [when they predicted that] as a weak and inglorious man, and as one who knew what ...
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Was Jesus handsome according to Psalm 45:2?

Psalm 45 is a love song celebrating a royal wedding. This view is expressed in the New International Version study Bible, the New Living Translation study Bible and the English Standard Version study ...
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What did Jesus look like or did Jesus look different for certain people?

What did Jesus look like? While the Bible doesn't give any detailed information as to Jesus' appearance, let's look at the facts: Jesus was born of a Jewish woman, therefore he would have the ...
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Did James brother of Jesus, believe that Jesus is God? if so, why were some Jews in the city offended by his death according to Josephus?

The Jews were offended because of the unlawful manner in which Ananus formed the Sanhedrin of Judges, not because of how James broke the law. What law did James break? It's not clear from the text. ...
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What evidence can be used to show the historicity of Jesus?

I think the wikipedia article Sources for the historicity of Jesus is an excellent starting point to show that Jesus did exist. Secondly, Christian apologists need to show the historicity of the ...
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Did Jesus hear people's confessions while He was living on the Earth?

Most typically we see Jesus already knowing what is in a person's heart and it is requests for healing that provoke a proclamation that sins are forgiven. Confessing one's sinfulness, as in Luke 5:8: ...
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When was the Old Testament Canon defined?

Not at the time of Jesus. At that time the definition of the Hebrew Scriptures was uncertain. Or perhaps a better way to see it is as the Jewish Encyclopedia suggests: Since all Jewish literature of ...
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