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.
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.