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What Romans said about crucifixion

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Published on Aug 12, 2015

Bible writers weren't the only ones talking about crucifixions...or the crucifixion of Jesus. Roman writers did, too, with gritty detail. Jesus' crucifixion actually shows up in Roman history books and letters written in his own century.

--UPDATED VIDEO. For slightly improved video, with corrections see: https://vimeo.com/stephenmmiller/cruc...

--CORRECTION: It was Spartacus' army that was crucified. His death was never confirmed.

--THE QUOTE FROM JOSEPHUS. A lot of viewers are saying that most historians discount Josephus' reference to Jesus as fake. Some do, but that's not the prevailing view. Even the well-known agnostic scholar, Bart D. Ehrman, seems to agree. (Search his blog for "Josephus.") Also, check out Wikipedia's "Josephus on Jesus." Most scholars say Josephus did, in fact, reference the crucifixion of Jesus. They disagree about how Josephus worded it, but the consensus is that his words were about Jesus.

--FOLLOWUP VIDEO. For a video responding to criticism that the Romans would never have allowed the body of Jesus to be removed from the cross, see "Crucifixion Q: Did the body of Jesus rot on the cross?" at https://youtu.be/um6EkyHj8mw.

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