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Why did Judas need to identify Jesus?

I think it's necessary to separate this question into two parts: Why did Judas need to lead the mob to Jesus? and Why did Judas need to kiss Jesus to identify him? I will attempt to answer the first ...
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Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross?

Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross? The Jews tried to condemn Jesus to death for breaking their own religious laws. But Pilate initially rebuffed them saying: “...
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What does the abbreviation "RNIO" mean in a painting of the Virgin and Child?

There seems to be two views on what the letters "RNIO" mean in the Carlos Crivelli painting. I only have one reference for the answer: Dr. Liliana Leopardi, an expert in Italian Renaissance art, ...
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Where did the account of Veronica originate?

Luke 23:27-31 tells us that certain women lamented as Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha. At this stage, there is no mention of Veronica or of anyone wiping Jesus' face. The apocryphal Acts of ...
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Why does John the Evangelist NOT record Jesus' response to Pilate's query on Truth?

What appears in English texts as three words and a question mark "What is truth?" may well have been spoken dismissively and rhetorically rather than as a genuine query. Jesus has just ...
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Why was Jesus offered vinegar and gall on the cross, and why did he refuse it?

It was some sort of potion designed to dull the senses and lessen the suffering of those being executed. Biblehub contains several commentaries on this verse. One from Ellicott’s commentary reads in ...
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Do we know which side of Christ was pierced by the Roman soldier during His Passion?

The historical record does not provide a definitive answer to this question, but there is reasonable evidence suggesting it was His left side: The outflow of blood & water in John 19:34 ...
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Why was Jesus offered vinegar and gall on the cross, and why did he refuse it?

I like the answer posted by Kris very much, but would add that the early believers also saw this verse as a prophetic foreshadowing of the vinegar and gall on the cross. Psalm 69:21 KJ21 They gave ...
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Actual days taken from Maundy Thursday to Crucifixion

All the events are reported to have taken place in Jerusalem - there is no need incorporate a journey from Galilee to Jerusalem in to the required timetable. Perhaps your confusion is in regard to the ...
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Are there teachings of the Catholic Church on the similarity between Christ and the ram that Abraham sacrificed?

Is there a formal Church teaching on this subject? Not that I could find. I have searched the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a list of dogma I have, and my memory (for what that is worth) and I ...
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Are there teachings of the Catholic Church on the similarity between Christ and the ram that Abraham sacrificed?

Are there any teachings from the side of the Catholic Church, that establish a co-relation between Christ and the ram that Abraham sacrificed? There are no formal teachings about this that I am aware ...
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Is Longinus the name of the Roman centurion who pierced Jesus?

Is Longinus the name of the roman centurion who pierced Jesus? The short answer is maybe? According to tradition the answer is yes. Now let me explain. Traditionally the name of the Roman soldier that ...
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What is the earliest reference to the notion that we killed Jesus?

There seems to be two distinct issues here. One is that the claim that Jesus' death was for the sins of all men. The other is related to the sense in which all men may have participated in the killing ...
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Was the divine nature of Jesus in dominance at the Garden of Gethsemane?

An initial thought is, "Dominant to whom?" To the disciples, to the angel that ministered to him, or to God the Father? Or do you wonder whether one nature or another was dominant to Christ, ...
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What is the significance of Palm branches?

According to the Babylon Talmud the walls of the second temple were carved throughout with cherubim, palms, and open-faced flowers (inspired by Ezekiel's vision), and overlaid with gold. To the Jews ...
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Was there silence in heaven when our Lord and Saviour was crucified?

Was there silence in heaven when our Lord and Saviour was crucified? There was a profound silence of contemplation and adoration amongst the heavenly Angels before the august mysteries that were ...
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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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At what time did the scourging at the pillar take place on Good Friday?

The scourging of Jesus happened immediately after Barabbas had been released, so it would have been about 7 or 8 am on Friday morning. When harmonizing between the book of John, and the synoptic ...
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According to Catholic scholars, why did Jesus relate His ensuing Passion and Glorification to the visit of the Greek?

For questions of this sort, I like to go to the Catena application (iOS and Android versions are available). Of verse 23 (go into Catena and click on the verse to view commentaries), Cornelius a ...
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How did the original texts of the Creed relate Pilate to Jesus' Passion?

I found an excellent article showing the precursors of the Apostle's creed with translations in the original Greek, Latin, and English. It appears that the Pontius Pilate reference was unchanged, and ...
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What are the historical arguments against a literal interpretation of Luke 22:44?

By historical, do you mean arguments coming from church history aka the early church fathers? Just a couple notes: sweating drops of blood is a medical condition called hematidrosis. It is ...
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Do we know which side of Christ was pierced by the Roman soldier during His Passion?

We have the Evangelist testifying: These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” (Jn 19: 36) The Creator has given us the rib-cage, a bony ...
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Do we know which side of Christ was pierced by the Roman soldier during His Passion?

The actual answer here is that this information isn't related in any of the Gospels. People can make educated guesses (as HTTR's answer does a great job of. Upvoted.), but it isn't related in the ...
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Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross?

Roman Jurisdiction When the Roman conquered a territory it was required that only the Procurator had the power of execution. There were times when the Jews side-stepped this---like when the Roman ...
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Why does John the Evangelist NOT record Jesus' response to Pilate's query on Truth?

St. John the Evangelist does not record Christ's answer because he did not answer verbally. However, the answer to Pilate's question: "Quid est veritas?" (lat. "What is truth?") ...
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Why did Jesus arrange his 11 disciples in two places on the way to his place of prayer in Gethsemane?

It wasn't only in the garden that Jesus delineated two groups of apostles. And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, Mt 17:...
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Why did Jesus arrange his 11 disciples in two places on the way to his place of prayer in Gethsemane?

St. Thomas writes (Commentary on Matthew 26:36): Damascene raises a question. Prayer is the ascent to God, but Christ’s intellect was joined to God, why, therefore, did God who was doing this need to ...
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At the Last Supper what would the disciples make of what Jesus said about partaking of the bread and the wine?

My best guess is that at the Lord's supper the disciples were probably confused. In the gospels the disciples seem to pick up on things and miss out on others. They seem to have a difficult time ...
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