Dialogue 6: Is the cross a pagan symbol?

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Was Jesus crucified on a cross or was He impaled on a torture stake? Why does the Greek word translated “cross” in many Bibles mean just one piece of timber? Were crosses used at the time of Christ?

 KAREN: Cindy, I noticed at 1 Corinthians 1:18, your Bible reads differently than mine. My Bible says “…the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness.…”1. , but your Bible, The New World Translation, says “…the speech about the torture stake is foolishness to those who are perishing.”

CINDY: That’s right, Karen. Just as we’ll be studying today in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, “Jesus did not die on a cross. He died on a pole, or a stake. The Greek word translated ‘cross’ in many Bibles meant just one piece of timber.”2. Continue reading “Dialogue 6: Is the cross a pagan symbol?”

Did Jesus die on a cross or a stake?

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“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? Continue reading “Did Jesus die on a cross or a stake?”