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Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Author(s): Granger Cook, John
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ remain the prime focal point of the Christian faith. The resurrection of Christ in particular continues to exercise a powerful draw in modern theological debate (see the summary in Thiessen, 2009; primarily a survey of Protestant theologians) and in the critique of Christianity by individuals who deny the historicity or reality of the resurrection (e.g. Lüdemann, 2002; Miller, 2015).HistoriographyChristians have reflected on the resurrection of Jesus since the earliest stages of the Christian tradition (e.g. th…
Date: 2020-12-17

Cross/Crucifixion

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Author(s): Granger Cook, John
“Crucifixion” is a death characterized by four markers: “suspension,” “completed or intended execution,” “with or without a crossbeam,” and “an extended death struggle” (Kuhn, 1982, 679; Samuelsson, 2013, 19, 29, 30; Cook, 2019, 2). Below I will discuss the shape of Roman crosses, a law that governed the use of crucifixion in a Roman municipality, the probable law used to condemn Jesus to crucifixion, biblical descriptions of crucifixion, and the question of the “theology of the cross” in various New Testament documents.The Physical Shape of a CrossA “cross” is a vertical or vert…
Date: 2020-12-17