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By Martin Hengel

ISBN-10: 080061268X

ISBN-13: 9780800612689

This discovered learn could declare to be the main finished and targeted survey ever to were released of the facts of using crucifixion within the Graeco-Roman global and how during which it used to be appeared by means of the folks of the time. starting from using crucifixion as a sort of execution practised between barbarian peoples, Dr Hengel indicates the way it was once hired within the Roman empire, within the Greek-speaking global and one of the Jews. He additionally investigates how a long way 'crucifixion' was once a time period used metaphorically or in philosophical dialogue. His conclusions convey out extra starkly than ever the scandal awarded via the Christian message of the crucified Son of God and express that Jesus was once visible to have died, not only a merciless loss of life, yet one of many worst different types of dying devised through guy for guy. Martin Hengel was once Professor of latest testomony and Early Judaism within the college of Tubingen.

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85. 6. Philo. In Flaccum 7 2 : after all the preceding tortures 17 TcAeurcua #cal tyeopos ri/Luopta oravpos (the last and supreme punishment was the cross). Cf. 6: KOX im rroXXals rjfiepcus alKi^op&vos . . Kai iKcXcvadrj oravpcudrjvai (He was tortured for many days and orders were given for him to be crucified). 1 9 Crucifixion 28 man will be looked upon and treated as an unjust man and finally here Glaucon apologizes for the vividness and realism of his language - will be tortured to death: T h e j u s t m a n will have to b e scourged, racked, fettered, blinded, and finally, after the uttermost suffering, he will be impaled (reXcvrcou TrdvTa KOLKa TraOabv avaaxwSvXcvdrjaeTcu), and so will learn his lesson that not to be b u t to seem to be j u s t is what w e ought to desire.

While Martial depicts with satisfaction (or even with an attack of bad conscience) the crimes which may have been commit­ ted by those hanging on the cross, Varro had long since denounced the barbarism of such a form of punishment : 8 9 Are we barbarians because we fasten the innocent to the cross, and are you not barbarians because you throw the guilty to the wild beasts? 162) Cicero 10 8 Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiae 5 . I . 4 1 : e V i £v\ov KpefiaoOeicra rrpovKeiro fiopa . (suspen­ ded on a stake, she was exposed as food to wild beasts.

Crucifixion and Roman citizens 4i excessive in his punishment of criminals {in coercendis delictis . , . immodicus). According to the Historia Augusta, which is, however, very unreliable historically, various emperors used crucifixion to maintain military discipline in the army, but the use of the servile supplicium (see pp. 5iff. below) was denounced as being especially cruel. Celsus, said to be a usurper under Gallienus, who only ruled for seven days, was crucified after his death in imagine, to the de­ light of the people, while his body was devoured by dogs.

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