He Was Already Dead

Sunday, 01 Sep 2019

The crucifixion. We say the words and immediately everyone knows what we are talking about. As Fleming Rutledge reminds us in The Crucifixion, “There have been many famous deaths in world history; we might think of John F. Kennedy, or Marie Antoinette, or Cleopatra, but we do not refer to ‘the assassination,’ ‘the guillotining,’ or ‘the poisoning’” (3). The Romans, not known for being merciful executioners, left the crucified on the cross until they died—even if it ...

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