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The shape of the cross

Postby Guest » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:58 am

In your writing, why do you say cross when the Greek and Hebrew say "stake"?
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Re: The shape of the cross

Postby admin » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:02 am

Guest wrote:In your writing, why do you say cross when the Greek and Hebrew say "stake"?


Most scholars say that Greek word stauros (σταυρός) referred to a common form of execution "perfected" by the ancient Romans that was described by Josephus as he wrote of how the Roman general Titus crucified the Jewish rebels... Apparently there were different "shapes" of the cross, from crux simplex (|), crux immissa (+), crux commissa (T), or even stakes shaped as an X or Y. The "T" shape of the stake (crux commissa) was common, and is likely the form of the stake used in the case of Yeshua’s crucifixion, since the early "patristics" referred to it that way. The fact that a soldier put a sponge on a hyssop plant to give Yeshua a drink suggests that he was crucified on "short cross," since the hyssop stalk was usually less than two feet long.... There are also early Greek (pre-Christian era) descriptions of the horrors of crucifixion. For example Herodotus (450 BCE) wrote: "they crucified him hands and feet stretched out and nailed to cross-pieces," which suggests the traditional representation...

At any rate, death by crucifixion was horrifyingly shameful and unutterably painful.... but Yeshua went there for you.
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