Daily Telegraph: ‘Jesus did not die on cross, says scholar’

I have just seen this news story that was published a few days ago in the Daily Telegraph based on the claims of a Christian Biblical scholar who says that his research indicates that Jesus not did not die by being nailed to a cross as popularly believed.

Gunnar Samuelsson, a theologian based at Gothenburg University, has written a 400 page thesis based on what he says are original texts and has said:

“I spent almost three years,” he says, “reading all the ancient texts I could find … from about Homer until the first century of the Common Era.” He says “some kind of suspension of a living or a dead person or a part of a person” was indeed common at the time, but crucifixion is not mentioned. In the Bible itself, all it says is that Jesus carried and then was executed on a staurus–“there is no other description beyond that.”

The Qur’an says:

‘[The Jews] said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) know ledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise.’ (Qur’an 4:157-158)

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4 Responses to Daily Telegraph: ‘Jesus did not die on cross, says scholar’

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo in a Bubble Car says:

    Inayat, in the same spirit of using scholarly research to shine new light on sacred texts as well as to challenge religious tenets, do you know what is the latest position with regard to Mohammad’s night flight to Jerusalem? I believe that there was an Egyptian Ministry of Culture Publication from a few years ago that concluded Muhammad’s ‘Night Journey’ was not to Jerusalem but in fact was to Medina. I’m sure you can see the implications of the furthest mosque not, after all, being in Jerusalem. Now as for Al-Burāq, which I believe was some kind of winged donkey that carried Muhammad on his famous night journey, how do you think this holds up in the credibility stakes in comparison to, say, the crucifixion of Jesus?

  2. Count: I have not heard about the alleged Egyptian publication that you are referring to. In any case, the Qur’an refers to ‘al-Masjid al-Aqsa’ (the furthest mosque) which commentators are agreed refers to the site in Jerusalem. I cannot imagine how it could refer to Madina because when that Qur’anic passage was revealed there was no mosque in Madina (or Yathrib as it was known at the time).

  3. Roger says:

    ‘[The Jews] said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) know ledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise.’

    Where do or did “the jews”- does it mean some, all or any jews?- make this claim? According to all four gospels it was the Romans who killed him.

  4. Yes, you are correct: according to the Gospels, the Romans crucified Jesus. Also according to the Gospels, the Jewish leaders of the time urged the Romans to kill Jesus – whom they viewed as a blasphemer – and when given the option to free Jesus they instead preferred to free Barabbas, a convicted murderer.

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