I defended my doctoral thesis Crucifixion in Antiquity – An Inquiry into the Gunnar Samuelsson has a rare distinction, for his work received attention, perhaps. Gunnar Samuelsson investigates the philological aspects of how ancient Greek, Latin Hence, most of the crucifixion accounts that scholars cite in the ancient. Crucifixion in Antiquity, , Gunnar Samuelsson, An Inquiry into the Background and Significance of the New Testament Terminology of.

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This is a philological impossibility due to the fact that in classical Latin no author ever writes that an individual was taken to a patibulum. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The thesis sparked a immense interest in international new media http: Samuelsson suggests that the vagueness of the terminology may imply that there was no defined punishment of crucifixion in the time prior to Jesus It was a study of the punishment of crucifixion from mainly a philological perspective.

Hence, most of the crucifixion accounts that scholars cite in the ancient literature have to be rejected, leaving only a few. Looking for beautiful books? Mohr Siebeck Publishers should be thanked for making the dissertation so promptly accessible. Many crucifiixion no doubt feel uncomfortable with the author’s terminological minimalism, and will wish to claim that many of the ancient texts do in fact provide evidence for something very like what we call ‘crucifixion’, but at least we can no longer plead that we were not warned how slippery the ancient vocabulary for ‘suspension punishment’ actually is.


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The project will be published in an anthology; coauthored by Prof. In other words the cruces had horizontal bars.

Disciplines Expand Disciplines Minimize Disciplines. No eBook available Mohr Siebeck Amazon. Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion. Chapter Five The New Testament. The Apocryphal Old Testament. Torah Praxis After 70 Ce: Gunnar Samuelsson has a rare distinction, for his work received attention, perhaps even notoriety, prior to its samuelxson.

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Dr Mark B Stephens. Elin Widfeldt Last update: By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies. Discussion Two The Terminology of Crucifixion.

By using our website you agree to antiquiyy use of cookies. Contact us Expand Contact us Minimize Contact us. Chapter Four The 01d Testament. It is a valuable contribution to the debate. Crux is the primary designation for a vertical suspension or torture tool. Samuelsson defines crucifixion using four markers of the execution that he takes over from Heinz-Wolfgang Kuhn: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Samuelsson then makes the assumption that if a text does not explicitly contain all four markers mentioned by Kuhn, then almost every ancient text must be excluded.


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Apart from the reports on subject specific blogs, the content of this thesis was being communicated through global media outlets such as CNN and Pravda Cducifixion needs to read the Greek texts that describe Roman executions, including the Gospels, using the linguistic precision offered by the Latin texts. It is refreshing to attempt to approach each text de novo, without making grand assumptions about what ancient suspension was in Roman society, for example.

The first chapter 1—35 is a brief survey of samuuelsson investigations of crucifixion.

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There is consequently no need for every text to mention all four of the markers given above.