‘Jesus Christ WASN’T nailed to the cross’ claims religion expert who reveals artifacts that ‘prove’ it

Source: Mirror

Meredith Warren, who is a Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield, has shed light on the shocking claims

An expert in religion has claimed that artifacts may prove Jesus Christ was NOT nailed to the cross in the events that led up to his death.

The claims, made by Meredith Warren, Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield, come as we approach Good Friday on March 25.

Good Friday is a solemn and holy day in the Christian calender, marking the day when Jesus was crucified.

It is an event in his life which all Gospels, penned by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, broadly agree on.

Read more: When is Palm Sunday 2016? What the day means and what to eat the weekend before Easter

However the religion expert claims that artifacts may indicate how the iconic event may not have unfolded as we initially thought but still influenced Christian culture and iconography.

Writing in an article for The Conversation, she said: “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all include the crucifixion event in their own slightly different ways.

“None of the Gospels in the New Testament mention whether Jesus was nailed or tied to the cross. However, the Gospel of John reports wounds in the risen Jesus’s hands.

“It is this passage, perhaps, that has led to the overwhelming tradition that Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to the cross, rather than tied to it.”

She adds that over the years “several people have claimed to have found the actual nails with which Jesus was crucified”.

“It isn’t surprising that Christians took a while to embrace the image of Christ on the cross, given that crucifixion was a humiliating way to die.

“What is surprising is what the earliest image of the crucifixion turns out to be. Rather than the devotional icons with which we are familiar – pictures that glorify Jesus’s death – this earliest image appears to be some late second-century graffiti mocking Christians.

WikipediaAlexamenos graffito illustrated the earliest crucifixion tracing back to 2nd Century
Tradition: Alexamenos graffito illustrated the earliest crucifixion tracing back to 2nd Century
“Called the Alexamenos Graffito, the image shows a figure with the head of a donkey on a cross with the words: ‘Alexamenos worships his God’.
British MusemConstanza gemstone with the crucified Christ, surrounded by 12 apostles
Artifact: A Constanza gemstone with the crucified Christ, surrounded by 12 apostles
“This was apparently a common accusation in antiquity, as Minucius Felix and Tertullian both attest.
“Since the graffito was clearly not made by a Christian, this image suggests that non-Christians were familiar with some core elements of Christian belief as early as the second century.
“Gemstones, some used for magical purposes, also provide some of our earliest depictions of the crucified Jesus. This second or third century piece of carved jasper depicts a man on a cross surrounded by magic words.

5 replies

  1. Can we next have the article that highlights that there is no evidence that mohammed flew to heaven on a donkey?

    • and it’s amazing these stories and so called professors etc- that are so far from the original date and timeline have shocking new evidence – to disprove Christian beliefs – in time for Easter. Amazing how offensive it is at face value. But a great topic to bring up in 2-3 weeks.

  2. According to the shroud of Turin there seems to be evidence that Jesus (as) was nailed to the cross. And Allah knows best …

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