But is is most likely that the stauros had a transverse in the form of a crossbeam. 15): Below this (cross) was a cupboard with a step in front. In 1945 a family tomb was discovered in Jerusalem by Prof. Note his findings: Two of the ossuaries bear the name "Jesus" in Greek. ; ; Luke ; ) and talks about "crucifying the old nature" (Gal. Over and over, Paul considers the cross a sign of victory, not defeat! Christians are not afraid of the cross nor are they to worship it.
Sometimes the victim was attached to the cross only with ropes. While the Jews may have considered the cross a shameful thing, the apostle Paul boasted of the cross of Christ.By ironing out all the perceived discrepancies in the timing of events, Prof Humphreys believes a date could be ascribed to Easter in our modern solar calendar.Working on the basis that the crucifixion took place on April 3, Easter Day would be on April 5.As it was not very common to affix a (superscription, loanword from the Lat. 3.) In 1939 excavations at Herculaneum, the sister city of Pompeii (destroyed in 78 A. by volcano) produced a house where a wooden cross had been nailed to the wall of a room. While the Christian church has never considered the exact method of Jesus' crucifixion or impalement as a major concern, the WT has certainly made an issue of it.titulus), it does not necessarily follow that the cross had the form of a crux immissa. In doing so, they hold true to their pattern of majoring in minor issues; often distracting their followers from more important issues.Though the Bible does not specifically describe the instrument that Jesus died upon, tradition has it that he was put to death on a cross; consisting of a stake and a crossbeam. The Romans were no doubt amused that Christians worshiped this Jesus whom they had crucified on a cross. Subsequently one of the most exciting finds of recent times was unearthed - the first skeletal remains of a crucified man.The Greek stauros is sometimes used to describe a simple stake, and other times a more complex form such as the cross. In June of 1968, bulldozers working north of Jerusalem accidentally laid bare tombs dating from the first century B. The most significant factor is its dating to around the time of Christ. 1985 issue of the secular magazine Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), and here are some of his comments regarding crucifixion in Jesus' time: At the end of the first century B.This device provided some support for the victim's body and may explain the phrase used by the Romans, "to sit on the cross." Both Eraneus and Justin Martyr describe the cross of Jesus as having five extremities rather than four; the fifth was probably the sedile. 48,49) In a followup article on this archeological find in the Nov/Dec. Paul tells the Corinthians that he had decided to use the message of the cross of Christ as his main emphasis (1 Cor.issue of BAR, the statement is made: According to the (Roman) literary sources, those condemned to crucifixion never carried the complete cross, despite the common belief to the contrary and despite the many modern re-enactments of Jesus' walk to Golgotha. 2:2); even to the point of avoiding more scholarly arguments or fine points. Because of God's ability to weed out those with wrong motives by using a humble message as his calling card!'Whatever you think about the Bible, the fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal, so for the Gospels to contradict themselves in this regard is really hard to understand,' Prof Humphreys said.'Many Biblical scholars say that, for this reason, you can't trust the Gospels at all.But if we use science and the Gospels hand in hand, we can actually prove that there was no contradiction.'In his theory, Jesus went by an old-fashioned Jewish calendar rather than the official lunar calendar which was in widespread use at the time of his death and is still in use today.