As Christians, we seek to fulfill the Great Commission and share the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). In today’s culture, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be engaged in an intelligent conversation with non-Christians about our faith, for many of us cannot discuss our beliefs using logic and reason. To that end, I am presenting a series of papers that will take us to the beginning of the Christian faith: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Once the truth of that claim is established using both biblical and extra-biblical sources, Christians can begin to discuss matters of faith in earnest.
By using the skills and training found in the discipline of Apologetics, Christians will be able to address the person of Jesus, His death and His resurrection. Specifically, Christians will be able to better answer these questions:
- Did Jesus actually live?
- What evidence is there of Jesus’ crucifixion and death?
- Was Jesus buried and was His tomb later found empty?
- Is there evidence that the empty tomb was the result of Jesus’ resurrection?
The purpose of this paper is to examine the second bullet point. Having previously established Jesus’ existence, in an earlier paper, it is now time to turn our attention to His crucifixion and death. This paper will examine four key areas: the pre-Roman historicity of crucifixion, Roman crucifixion, the archaeological find of what is known as the Crucified Man, and Jesus’ death by crucifixion.