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When we hear about Jesus dying on the cross all we hear is that he was nailed to a cross and died. Those who do not fully understand the pain he went through for us can not fully appreciate what he did to save us. Many of today's painting and objects depicting the crucifixion are not accurate; this report will clear up some common misconceptions about crucifixion. Crucifixion was a torture process that did not start with Jesus and had no religious meaning at the time; it had been around for centuries. There is a lot more to a crucifixion then the nailing to the cross. The process one goes through before hand almost kills you. When one is finally nailed to the cross it is a very complex, painful, and long way to die. This report will describe some of the anatomical aspects of our Lord's death, what did he feel when he died? Crucifixion is torture and execution by fixation to a cross.

It was a method of capitol punishment that was used particularly among the Persians, Seleucids, Carthaginians, and Romans from about the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD. The Persians were the first known people to use crucifixion. Alexander brought it back to the Mediterranean world, Egypt and to Carthage. The Romans were taught about crucifixion from the Carthaginians and quickly perfected the procedure. There are many variations of crucifixion. For example, the upright portion of the cross (or stipes) could have the cross-arm (or patibulum) attached below the top in what we commonly think of as the Latin cross, the depiction we normally see in crosses. The most common form used when our Lord was crucified was the Tau cross, shaped like the letter T. In this cross the patibulum was placed in...

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