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Crucifixion Theory

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Christianity is a religion centered around the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus conducted a massive public ministry which concluded when he died of crucifixion in the year 33 A.D. Some people deny that Jesus died on the cross. The main arguments for this vary from Jesus not being crucified at all to Jesus surviving the crucifixion. However, there is both extensive evidence from Christian and non-Christian sources and medical proof that definitively shows that Jesus indeed was crucified and died. It is undeniable that Jesus died of crucifixion.
One of the theories against the crucifixion of Jesus is the Swoon Theory. The Swoon Theory proposes that Jesus was crucified, but fainted on the cross, rather than actually dying.
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Those who adhere to this theory say that there is no evidence of Jesus being crucified or Jesus being a real person from any sources other than the Bible. However, there are numerous accounts from historians and officials that prove that Jesus was crucified and was a real person. For example, the Talmud says that "on the eve of the Passover, Yeshu was hanged." Yeshu is the Hebrew name for Jesus, and hanged referred to crucifixion when the Talmud was written. The Talmud is a Jewish book of rabbinic teachings. The Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, so they have no reason to fabricate information regarding his crucifixion. Another source is the Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus. In his annals recording the years 14-68, Tacitus states that "Christus suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus." Christus in this context is the Latin name for Jesus, and Pontius Pilatus is the Latin name for Pontius Pilate. Also, the extreme penalty Tacitus is referring to is execution. Finally, the historian Josephus states that "About this time there lived Jesus. Pilate condemned him to be crucified." Josephus was Jewish, so he, like the writers of the Talmud, did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Josephus would have no reason to make this up. Furthermore, Josephus was a professional
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