The crucifixion: A question of identity

To millions of Christians raised with a Sunday School interpretation of Christianity, this article may come as something of a shock. However, for those Christians, the shocks are only just the beginning. Indeed, the shocks dramatically increase in voltage when one considers the early Christian scriptures, both apocryphal and...

Crucifixion on good Wed or on good Friday?

In my country, we enjoy a four day holiday around Easter, beginning with what is called Good Friday. What makes Good Friday good? They say that because Christ died for their sins on that day. And in tune with that, every Christian country in the world – Britain, France,...

Crucifixion or cruci-fiction? Part 2

The question arises: ‘Why did she go there?’ ‘to anoint him’, Mark 16:1 tells us. The Hebrew word for anoint is ‘masaha’, which means to rub, to massage, to anoint (read ‘Who Moved the Stone’). The second question is: ‘Do Jews massage dead bodies after 3 days?’ The answer is ‘No!’ ‘Do...

The origin of crucifixion

Crucifixion was the common mode of eliminating political prisoners, murderers and insurgents. Long before the birth of Jesus, the Phoenecians had experimented with various methods to get rid of their anti-social characters. They had tried hanging, impaling, stoning, drowning, etc. But all these were too quick in their effects;...