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Crucifixion of Jesus

The Day Christ Died -- Was it on a Thursday or Friday?

James D. Tabor | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Later Christian tradition put Jesus' last meal with his disciples on Thursday evening and his crucifixion on what we call today "Good Friday." We now know that is one day off.

Good Friday, Oberammergau and God's Love

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

The power and significance of Christ's death on the cross provides the opportunity for us to take pause. Although the story may be familiar, it is no less powerful year by year as we commemorate the most precious gift of Christ's sacrifice.

I Didn't Know Jesus Was Lost

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

While the Shroud of Turin will be of little help in the finding of Jesus, personally or historically, the CNN documentary and the book behind it remind us of the problem of Jesus' being relatively lost to recent modern audiences.

Terrorists, Thugs and the King of the Jews

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

As Christians, we can't preach about the cross as a life-giving moment, while continuing to participate in the same dehumanizing, degrading, and justifying of violence that allowed Rome to nail our Savior to the cross. This must stop.

Crucifixion: A New Way to Think About Jesus' Death

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The crucifixion of Jesus is mysterious. I think it's meant to be. What's not so mysterious is how the church and church leaders have attempted to explain the mysterious throughout Christian history.

LOOK: Jesus' Crucifixion Depicted In Art Through The Ages

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Jesus Christ's betrayal, trial and crucifixion form the basis of the Christian Good Friday, which falls on the Friday before Easter. The famous st...

The Thing I Never Want to Hear Again on Good Friday

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I heard myself say the words and take part in this ritual and it made me physically sick. I couldn't believe that this was the liturgy that this kind, little church had been using for the past decades, maybe longer.

Kenyan Lawyer Demands Justice For Jesus 2,000 Years After His Death

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

Dola Indidis has one goal: get justice for Jesus, even if it comes 2,000 years later. To that end, the Kenyan lawyer named quite the roster of de...

Crucifixion No Longer Commands Auction Prices

Religion News Service | Menachem Wecker | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

By Menachem Wecker Religion News Service (RNS) Paintings and sculptures of what may be the most iconic scene in the history of art -- the crucifix...

The Gospel According To 'Game Of Thrones'

David Lose | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The recent furor in Christian circles about George R. R. Martin's magical and medieval-like world of Westeros reveals one of the unspoken dividing lines between two very different understandings of Christianity.

LOOK: The Eucharist In Medieval Art

The Morgan Library & Museum | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion

Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art will be on view at New York's The Morgan Library & Museum from May 17 to September 2, 2013....

Crucifying Terrorists

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As Jesus hung upon a Roman cross, he forgave one of those with him and promised him a place in paradise. This challenges our tendency to think of terrorists as pure evil, unrepentant and undeserving of good will.

The New Passover

V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris

Holy Week is not a celebration of long ago events. It is the reliving of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in the present.

The Black Parade

Tonya Hurley | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Tonya Hurley

A statue of Jesus encased in a glass casket carried by men dressed as pall bearers march somberly ahead of a large group of mourning women holding candles; praying and singing dirges in Italian through the winding streets. This is Good Friday in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Dying, But Still Teaching: The Easter Vigil

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

My mother is in her last days of life. Dialysis has ended. We wait for the inevitable. On this holiest of weekends, we wait. We sit vigil, waiting for her to die, waiting for Jesus to become Christ, waiting for the women to find an empty tomb, waiting to give my mother to her eternal rest.

The Three Nails In Christ's Cross

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

There is so much to consider and experience at the Cross. So much we cannot afford to miss. Unless we look long enough at the Cross, the Resurrection will never mean nearly as much to us as it did to Christ.

How Long Does Darkness Last?

Rev. David Lewicki | Posted 05.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. David Lewicki

This morning, we awake, and it is still dark. But carried through the darkness on the lips of a woman who has seen and believed, comes a Word.

The Cosmic Easter Bunny's Biggest Trick

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Easter's greatest trick is not that a body was resuscitated. Heck, any old medicine man can perform that trick, and they do in hospitals every day around the world. No, the trick at Easter is that this Jesus was so special that, even after all these years, we still remember him.

Still Art Conveys A Stilling Remembrance Of Holy Week

Win Bassett | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Contemporary, multi-sensory feats of technology have caused observers to overlook another medium of remembrance. From Michelangelo's Pietà to the Crucifixion by Salvador Dalí, analog sculptures illustrating Jesus' final moments also provide a way for people to experience this story of life and death that has influenced the development of both the ancient and modern worlds.

The Greatest Comeback Of All Time

Rick McDaniel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Jesus died on a Friday. Some women went to the cave where he was buried on Sunday morning and found the stone in the front of the tomb rolled away. Jesus was not dead but had risen from the grave. The greatest comeback in history had taken place!

A Good Friday Reflection On John 19:28-29: 'I Am Thirsty'

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Like Jesus, we thirst for God's healing, restoring presence in our own pain-wracked lives. Our souls are parched and dry for it. God willingly quenches it -- abundantly, fully, now and forever.

Crucifixion And Sexual Violence

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

On this Good Friday, as on many before, I consider anew the full range of torture and humiliation to which Jesus of Nazareth was subjected, physical and sexual. The latter is so traumatizing for the Church that we have covered it up -- literally.

Is The Lenten Season Awkward For Muslims? Not At Georgetown University

Aamir Hussain | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Since Muslims and Christians often find common ground in Jesus' teachings, I believe that a holy period focused on Jesus provides opportunities to reinforce the commonalities between our faiths. Georgetown University showed me the enormous potential for interfaith dialogue during Lent.

Jesus 'Used To Be Jewish'? That's Not What The Gospels Say

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

With the goal of healing antagonisms and closing the longstanding divide between Christianity and Judaism, I set out to restore the Jewish foundation of Christianity -- a foundation that Christianity stands on.

Good Friday Observances From Around The World

Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion