The following articles are related to the topic of CRUCIFIXION

The Jewish Talmud and the Death of Christ

In one of his epistles, Paul, lifting a text from the book of Job (5:13, LXX) to emphasize the folly of human wisdom in contrast to that which is divine, observed that God "catches the wise in their own craftiness" (1 Corinthians 3:19). A fisherman "caught in his own net" is a pathetic sight. Or, as Chrysostom (c. A.D. 347-407) ... read more »

Was Jesus Afraid?

Was there ever an occasion when Jesus was afraid? The writer of the book of Hebrews speaks of the time when Christ was "in the days of his flesh," i.e., during his earthly sojourn (5:7). The expression implies both a "pre" and "post" existence of the Lord, apart from the flesh. In describing the agony through which the Savior passed ... read more »

What About the Thief on the Cross?

"Why do you insist that baptism is essential for salvation? While hanging on the cross, Jesus pardoned the thief who was crucified with him. And that forgiveness was granted without baptism (Luke 23:43). Surely this is a clear example of salvation by faith, not by baptism." To argue that the example of the thief on the cross is a pattern ... read more »

The Qur’an and the Death of Christ

Islam's Qur'an asserts that Jesus was not crucified; rather, the Savior's death was only "made to appear" as such; actually, it is alleged, he was "raised up" unto God without dying on the cross (Sura IV. 157-158). This allegation is absolutely void of evidence. Note the following. The Old Testament prophets foretold the death of Christ. The Lord was to ... read more »

What About Catholicism’s Ideas About Mary?

"Why do some religions place such great attention upon Mary, the mother of Jesus?Is this justified?" Mary was a Hebrew maiden who was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Her miraculous conception of the Savior was prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14; cf. Matthew 1:22-23). Mary certainly was worthy of honor as a godly Jewish woman (see ... read more »

The Jesus Movie

Everyone understands that whenever Hollywood does a movie about some historical character, a good measure of literary license is taken. Whether it be Alexander the Great or George Washington, to a significant degree, the personality of the character is molded into the director's perspective. In treating subjects of this nature, I suppose, it doesn't matter a great deal that there ... read more »

Islam’s Denial of the Death of Jesus Christ

Islam's Qur'an asserts that Jesus was not crucified; rather, the Savior's death was only "made to appear" as such. Actually, it is alleged, he was "raised up" unto God without dying on the cross (Sura IV.157-158). Here is the text in full: "That they said (in boast), 'We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Apostle of God'; - ... read more »

The Siege of Jerusalem

The Jews had no intention of submitting to the pagans. In A.D. 66, a false hope that God would help overthrow their oppressors led to some initial military success. But the tide quickly turned against them when Vespasian took command of the "Jewish War." By the spring of A.D. 70, the children of Israel found themselves defying the Roman armies ... read more »

The Lord’s Day

The small island of Patmos is located in the Aegean Sea about fifty-six miles southwest of Ephesus. According to the testimony of history, the apostle John was exiled to this remote region in the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96). Here he received a series of revelations from, and about, Jesus Christ (1:1). Principally, the message of the ... read more »

Is the “Gospel of Judas” True?

Author's Note: This is a preliminary article to provide an immediate response to the recent publication and promotion of the Coptic Pseudo-Gospel of Judas. This article will be updated by a more comprehensive treatment of the topic in a few months when more material is available. In April 2006, the National Geographic Society of Washington D.C. held a press conference ... read more »