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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

06 October 2005

Crucifixion Outside Jerusalem

Q: What was the Jewish reason why Jesus was not crucified within the city?

A: It was more a Roman reason: They often set convicted criminals or rebels along a road near a main gate of a city for maximum visibility. The thinking was that this would teach would-be felons and insurrectionists a lesson.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


Blogger Kobra said...

Because the Scapegoat was to be sent out from the camp. It was Roman, but also typified in the OT. Being outside the camp was shameful and reserved for adulterers and disobedient children who were rightly killed outside of the settlement boundaries.


09 October, 2005 18:28  
Blogger Xrysostom said...

Excellent point, Kobra. God used Roman custom to testify to His own purposes.


10 October, 2005 12:07  

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