Thursday, April 21, 2011

Passion Podcasts 2: The Horror of Crucifixion

The second Passion Podcast this year is NT Pod 54: The Horror of Crucifixion  It looks at the archaeological and literary evidence and reflects on its relevance to the Passion Narratives in the Gospels.

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Steven Carr said...

Is crucifixion such a horror?

Paul writes 'For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.'

If Jesus had done right, crucifixion would have had no terror for him.

Mind you, if Jesus had done wrong, Paul writes 'But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.'

Good job Jesus was not a wrongdoer!

CJ Schmidt said...


Interesting question. However, this assumes that Paul sees the rulers of government as Jesus' executioners. But Paul seems to say that cosmic evil forces, the 'rulers of this aeon,' crucified Jesus out of ignorance (1 Cor 2.8). And furthermore, he claims those who are baptized in Jesus' death are freed from the powers of these cosmic rulers (Gal 4.3). I read Paul as being firmly set within the context of Jewish Apocalypticism, where cosmic forces oppose one another -- God and the 'rulers of this age.' Paul's statements about Jesus' crucifixion seem to fit quite well within this worldview, I think.

- CJ