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Friday, April 22, 2011

Would Jesus even be in a tomb after he was killed?

This comment was made in regards to the body of Jesus being pulled down from the cross after he died.
"Furthermore, it is a command in Deuteronomy 21:22-23 that a body hung on the tree should not be left overnight to avoid contamination of the Land."

However, the Romans did not follow the laws of the biblical god at that time. Just because that was the law of the Hebrews would not mean anything to the Romans. It was actually common for the body to remain on the cross after death.

Notorious mass crucifixions followed the Third Servile War in 73–71 BC (the slave rebellion under Spartacus), other Roman civil wars in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, and the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. To frighten other slaves from revolting, Crassus crucified 6,000 of Spartacus’ men along the Appian Way from Capua to Rome.[54] Josephus tells a story of the Romans crucifying people along the walls of Jerusalem. He also says that the Roman soldiers would amuse themselves by crucifying criminals in different positions. In Roman-style crucifixion, the condemned could take up to a few days to die. The dead body was left up for vultures and other birds to consume.

The goal of Roman crucifixion was not just to kill the criminal, but also to mutilate and dishonour the body of the condemned. In ancient tradition, an honourable death required burial; leaving a body on the cross, so as to mutilate it and prevent its burial, was a grave dishonour.

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