The Passion of Jesus.fall07

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The Passion of Jesus
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“the most wretched of deaths,” Josephus, Jewish War , 7.203 Cicero , In Defence of Rabirius 16 : “How grievous a thing it is to be disgraced by a public court; how grievous to suffer a fine, how grievous to suffer banishment; and yet in the mist of any such disaster some trace of liberty is left to us. Even if we are threatened with death, we may die free men. But the executioner, the veiling of the head, and the very word ‘cross’ should be far removed not only from the person of a Roman citizen but from his thoughts, his eyes and his ears.”
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Skeletal remains of crucified man, 1st century A.D., Jehohanan of Giv’at ha-Mivtar (Jerusalem)
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From Crucifixion to Atonement (Or from History to Theology) No human death has influenced and shaped the world of late antiquity, and indeed the history of [hu]mankind as a whole down to the present day, more than that of the Galilean craftsman and itinerant preacher who was crucified before the gates of Jerusalem in AD 30 as a rebel and messianic pretender. Thousands of men had been executed by crucifixion there by the Roman prefects and later procurators, in the sixty-five years, or thereabouts, between the transformation of Judaea into a Roman province and the end of the Jewish War. . . .The fact that this one Galilean was not forgotten, but had a unique effect on world history, especially by means of his death, is connected with the way in which this death was interpreted: it became the foundation of Christian faith. In what follows, the most important question that we shall have to answer is: how did it come about that the disciples of Jesus could proclaim that cruel, disastrous execution of their master as the saving event par excellence? In other words, how did the crucifixion of Jesus come to take its place at the centre of early
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