Why Jesus Died

Why Jesus Died

Why Jesus Died

Why Jesus Died

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Jesus of Nazareth in Galilee died on a cross at the hands of Roman justice, probably in the year 30 of the Common Era. Hundreds of thousands were subjected to this cruel punishment before and after him. Yet one is hard-pressed to provide the name of another victim of crucifixion-apart from his companions in life Peter and Andrew-to whom Christian legend has attributed the same fate. Jesus emerges from those myriads of nameless slaves, brigands, and insurgents as “the Crucified.”

Others are remembered for the way they died: Socrates, Jewish and Christian and Muslim martyrs both named and nameless, the dead of the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides whose sole crime was their peoplehood. Many of these deaths were preceded by the most . . .

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