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FIXED TO A CROSS / THE CROSS

What is the crucifixion?

The word crucifixion comes from the Latin "crucifixio," or "crucifixus," meaning "fixed to a cross."

Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, was crucified and then died on a cross as the perfect atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, thus making the crucifix, or the cross, one of the central themes and defining symbols of Christianity. His death was recorded in Matthew 27:27-56, Mark 15:21-38, Luke 23:26-49, and John 19:16-37.

Crucifixion was an ancient method of execution in which the victim's hands and feet were bound and nailed to a cross. It was one of the most painful and disgraceful methods of capitol punishment. Victims were usually beaten and tortured and then forced to carry their own cross to the crucifixion site. The Roman cross was formed of wood, typically with a vertical stake and a horizontal cross beam near the top. Different types and shapes of crosses existed for different forms of crucifixion.

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