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Was Jesus Crucified on a Cross or a Stake?

There are some who have argued that Jesus was killed on a stake rather than the traditional two-beam cross which is associated with Christianity. Some even go so far as saying the cross is a pagan symbol or that Christianity is pagan or that the bible can't be trusted. Today we will examine these claims in-depth with history and scripture as our guide so that we find the truth about Jesus' crucifixion.


Definition of "Stauros", Insight into the Scriptures Vol 1, p.1191

New Bible Dictionary, 1985, p.253 "Cross"

WatchTower 1912

The Photodrama of Creation Charles Taze Russell (founder)

Watchtower 1931 all editions, compare October 15th (p.306)

The Harp of God JF Rutherford, p.141 (1921)

LIFE by JF Rutherford, 2nd president of the WatchTower (1929) p.216

"The Kingdom 100 Years and Counting" @ 00:32

The Battle of Milvian Bridge

Crucifixion Practices - Patibulum

Alexamenos graffito

Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho (Ch. 89-108)

Descriptions in antiquity of the execution cross

Setup of Israelites' tents in wilderness


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