Christian scholar doubts Jesus’ crucifixion

June 27, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Going against age old beliefs,  a Christian scholar finds in his doctoral thesis, that there is little evidence that Jesus died on a cross, the defining symbol of Christianity.  Theologian Gunnar Samuelsson of Gothenburg University in Sweden, believes legend of Christ’s execution is based on the traditions of the Christian church and artistic illustrations rather than antique texts.Samuelsson a committed Christian, has studied the available ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew/Aramaic literature all the way from Homer to the first century A.D., and found little evidence that Jesus was left to die after being nailed to a cross.  In his 400-page thesis, Crucifixion in Antiquity: An Inquiry into the Background of the New Testament Terminology of Crucifixion, Samuelsson reviews the full range of torturous methods of capital punishment of the time period, but found there are no explicit references of the use of nails or to crucifixion – only that Jesus was forced to carry a “staurus” towards Calvary Hill, which is not necessarily a cross but can also mean a spiked pole, or a tree trunk, or something entirely different. Samuelsson says, “The executions of  a particular day could have taken a completely different form from ones the day before.”

He concludes: “This is the heart of the problem. The text of the passion narratives is not that exact and information loaded, as we Christians sometimes want it to be.”

Mr Samuelsson said: “If you are looking for texts that depict the act of nailing persons to a cross you will not find any beside the Gospels.”

Samuelsson responding to critics who think he wants to undermine Christianity, by saying these accusations are simply “stupid,” and he believes that “the man who walked this earth was the Son of God, and that he will return to judge the living and the dead.”


4 Responses to “Christian scholar doubts Jesus’ crucifixion”

  1. MrNirom on June 28th, 2010 11:04 am

    Mr Samuelsson said: “If you are looking for texts that depict the act of nailing persons to a cross you will not find any beside the Gospels.”

    I say: I would disagree with this statement.

    The Book of Mormon, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ, has this to say:

    3 Ne. 27: 14
    And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—

    1 Ne. 11: 33
    33 And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.

    In other holy writings it says:

    Moses 7: 55
    55 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Look, and he looked and beheld the Son of Man lifted up on the cross, after the manner of men;

    D&C 138: 35
    35 And so it was made known among the dead, both small and great, the unrighteous as well as the faithful, that redemption had been wrought through the sacrifice of the Son of God upon the cross.

  2. Jay on June 28th, 2010 9:10 pm

    Jehovah’s Witnesses have maintain this same argument for a long time The scripture states that Jesus was Murder on a staurus which at that time meant a pole or stake.
    The important point is not the shape of the torture instrument, but that he die for our sins, and God resurrected him.

  3. Justesen Gnilane SN on June 29th, 2010 9:42 am

    ARE YOU IN NEED OF HELP Mr. Samuelsson?

    -Have you ever heard of “patois”?
    – Analyzing within the context, syntaxes, terminology?
    – Have you studied about Communication Issues in Biophysique, Medicine and Cognitive Sciences?
    – Did you practice to always speak of the gist. (look this up: dzist)?

    -And finally, please study again Hebreux 10: 5-7…..
    Jesus, whether it was on a cross or else, was truly crucified to this world, to sins.
    That is why, the harshest punishment of that time, couldnt have any effect on him, for he overcomed death: NIKE OR WINNING OVER.
    Oh, let us share with you the Spirit of the Visitation and Presentation; go to
    Please, NewAnchors, give it to him.

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