Thursday, July 01, 2010

No crucifixion for Jesus?

Bible scholar Gunnar Samuelsson thinks there is little or no evidence for the crucifixion of Jesus. Instead, he thinks Jesus may have been impaled.

Samuelsson bases his claim on studying 900 years' worth of ancient texts in the original languages - Hebrew, Latin and Greek, which is the language of the New Testament.

He spent three years reading for 12 hours a day, he says, and he noticed that the critical word normally translated as "crucify" doesn't necessarily mean that.

Jesus, was impaled for our sins” does not have the same ring to it. I don’t think the guys in marketing will like it. He’s bucking 2000 years of tradition and ignorance. My guess is that Samuelsson is about to be crucified by the establishment.

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