Crucifixion in antiquity was a gruesome execution, not really understood until a skeletal discovery in the 1980s that gave new insight into the history of crucifixion. Photo: Courtesy Israel Exploration Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1 (1985)

Crucifixion in antiquity was a gruesome execution, not really understood until a skeletal discovery in the 1980s that gave new insight into the history of crucifixion. Photo: Courtesy Israel Exploration Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1 (1985)

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Ossuaries discovered in the Giv‘at ha-Mivtar tombs. Made of local limestone, these ossuaries display various incised decorations. Six-petaled rosettes and concentric circles decorate a small ossuary that contained the bones of two children.

Ossuaries discovered in the Giv‘at ha-Mivtar tombs. Made of local limestone, these ossuaries display various incised decorations. Six-petaled rosettes and concentric circles decorate a small ossuary that contained the bones of two children.

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This is a story from Biblical Archeology Review about the Roman practice of crucifixion. It's a bit different than what we generally think it was. As terrible as we view it, it was far worse.

This is a story from Biblical Archeology Review about the Roman practice of crucifixion. It's a bit different than what we generally think it was. As terrible as we view it, it was far worse.

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Roman Crucifixion - Definition and Meaning of Roman Crucifixion. First they whip you with a whip with metal hooks, most prisoners died from the whipping and did not reach crucifixion. Internal organs often spilled out and ribs from the rib cage pulled out. Jesus did not survive his crucifixion. Jesus Christ died.

Roman Crucifixion - Definition and Meaning of Roman Crucifixion. First they whip you with a whip with metal hooks, most prisoners died from the whipping and did not reach crucifixion. Internal organs often spilled out and ribs from the rib cage pulled out. Jesus did not survive his crucifixion. Jesus Christ died.

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“Simon, builder of the Temple.” The inscription on this ossuary found in the same Jewish tomb with the ossuary of Yehohanan tells posterity the part Simon played in history. Eight ossuaries containing the bones of 17 members of Simon and Yehohanan’s family were found in this tomb. Since not all families could afford limestone ossuaries for secondary burials, we know that this was a family of some wealth.

“Simon, builder of the Temple.” The inscription on this ossuary found in the same Jewish tomb with the ossuary of Yehohanan tells posterity the part Simon played in history. Eight ossuaries containing the bones of 17 members of Simon and Yehohanan’s family were found in this tomb. Since not all families could afford limestone ossuaries for secondary burials, we know that this was a family of some wealth.

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SFX special effects Roman crucifixion set from "Spartacus"...the hammer is made from rubber, the nails have blood tubes for releasing "prop blood" during filming.

SFX special effects Roman crucifixion set from "Spartacus"...the hammer is made from rubber, the nails have blood tubes for releasing "prop blood" during filming.

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