Did Jesus die on a cross or a stake?

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Photo taken from the Watchtower brochure, What Does God Require of Us?, 1996, p. 7

 

“Jesus did not die on a cross. He died on a pole, or a stake. The Greek word translated ‘cross’ in many Bible meant just one piece of timber.” —What Does God Require of Us, 1996, p. 23

What was the “one piece of timber” used in Jesus’ day?

“Stauros in the NT… was a pole sunk into the ground with a cross-bar fastened to it giving it a ‘T’ shape. Often the word ‘cross’ referred only to the cross-bar.” —The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, vol. 1, 1976, pp. 1037-1038

Did Jesus have one nail or two nails in His hands?

“Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails and stick my finger into the print of the nails… I will certainly not believe.” —John 20:25, NWT

Was the sign posted above Jesus’ head or hands?

“Also, they posted above his head the charge against him…”—Matthew 27:37, NWT

Do you “boast” in the cross of Christ?

“But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”—Galatians 6:14, NASB

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