Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Cross

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Cross

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Probably an olive or acacia, as far as scholars can determine.

Of course there are scholars who have poked into the matter.

The Roman Empire sensibly used the most accessible wood.

Me personally I would bet on the acacia which grows bigger

And broader and quicker than olive. You wonder if someone

Grew them for just this use. A market niche with an imperial

Budget, who could argue with that as a business model? Not

To mention the excellent public relations aspects of assisting

The mills of justice, the civic equilibrium, the battles against

Criminals and radicals. Imagine it: an acacia grows in Judea,

Let's say in Ashkelon, near the sea. It is harvested at twenty,

Planed with its brothers, and trundled to Jerusalem. The load

Is stamped and recorded, bills of sale and receipts are issued,

A few of the timbers are mysteriously lost in transit and filed

As cost of business, and one ends up on Golgotha-the Skull. …

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