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Was Jesus crucified on a cross or hung on a tree?

How clear is the Bible about the circumstances surrounding the death
of Jesus Christ?

The church tells us that Jesus was crucified on a cross and died. The
Bible is the only source of evidence, but these scriptures are
inconclusive about the basic facts in question.

Did Jesus die on a tree or a cross?

The cross is symbolically associated with Jesus Christ, but while the
Bible clearly states in places that Jesus was hung on a tree, there is
no clear statement that Jesus was crucified on a cross. References the
crucifixion tend to allude to these facts rather than simply stating
directly that Jesus died by crucifixion on a cross, and statements
about the cross and the crucifixion are ambiguous, elusive,
mysterious, and possibly allegorical.

"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a
tree." (Acts 5.30.)

"And we are witnesses of all things which he [Jesus] did both in the
land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a
tree" (Acts 10.39.)

"And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took
him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre." (Acts 13.29.)

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness" (Peter 2.24.)

If Jesus was hung on a tree, perhaps the cross entered Christian
symbolism because it has been an important religious symbol since long
before the Christian era and before Jesus was crucified.

"Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow me." (Jesus speaking long before he was crucified,
according to Mark 8.34.)

"For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ"
(Philippians 3.18.)

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9.23.)

If Jesus was hung on a tree, what is meant by the following verse?

"...for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree"
(Galatians 3:13.)


Christian Bible (King James version), New Testament.

"The Insider" mailing list article, 27 March 2002.

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