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hanging on a crosscross,
widely used symbol. In various forms, it can be found in such diverse cultures as those of ancient India, Egypt, and pre-Columbian North America. It also is found in the megalithic monuments of Western Europe.
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, in ancient times a method of capital punishmentcapital punishment,
imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History

Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi.
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. It was practiced widely in the Middle East but not by the Greeks. The Romans, who may have borrowed it from Carthage, reserved it for slaves and despised malefactors. They used it frequently, as in the civil wars and in putting down the Jewish opposition. Crucifixion was probably at first a modification of hanging on a tree or impaling on a pole, and from such a connection come the synonyms tree and rood (i.e., rod or pole) for Jesus' cross. The Romans used mostly the T cross, the Latin cross, or St. Andrew's cross. Most ancient sources describe the cross Jesus died on as a Latin cross, the type most common in the liturgy of the West. It was common practice among the Romans to scourge the prisoner and to require him to carry his cross to the place of crucifixion. The prisoner was either nailed or tied to the cross, and, to induce more rapid death, his legs were often broken. Crucifixion was abolished when the empire became Christian. See also CalvaryCalvary
[Lat.,=a skull] or Golgotha
[Heb.,=a skull], in the Gospels, place where Jesus was crucified, outside what was then the wall of Jerusalem. Its location is not certainly known. The traditional identification of the site of Calvary was made by St.
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 and Good ThiefGood Thief
or Penitent Thief,
in the New Testament, the malefactor crucified with Jesus who did not revile Him; Jesus promised him Paradise that day. In the Roman martyrology his feast is Mar. 25. His name in tradition is Dismas or Desmas, that of the other thief Gesmas.
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What does it mean when you dream about crucifixion?

Beyond the obvious religious connotations, a dream crucifixion can represent an excruciatingly painful situation. Feelings of guilt or, alternatively, feelings of being a scapegoat. Crucifixion can also be an initiatory symbol, representing the “death” that takes place before rebirth.


1. the crucifying of Christ at Calvary, regarded by Christians as the culminating redemptive act of his ministry
2. a picture or representation of this
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Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, said: "It's marvellous to think that, for many centuries to come, local people can come here and marvel at the Icon of Christ Crucified, and feel that their family contributed to what will undoubtedly be a dramatic and inspiring piece of artwork.
For Ellacuria, these are the crucified peoples, the unnamed masses who suffer in the shadows from institutionalized violence and for whom death is a daily reality.
For 100 years the case of the crucified soldier has been shrouded in myth and mystery, with many dismissing it as another example of hysterical anti-German war propaganda.
Grafton has noted, "Throughout his tenure with the ALC and the ELCA, Thomsen worked to develop a missiology for the church based upon a theology of the cross, where to be a disciple of the God who reveals himself in the crucified Christ is to enter into a 'cruciform' mission.
In that case as well, the murdered man's body was crucified and left in the city square.
The reporter quoted the sources as saying that ISIS also shot dead Hamed Ali al-Mohammad and Hamed al-Tneika and crucified them in the square of al-Shheil village, 50 km away from Deir Ezzor city.
Throughout the ages those who, in response to this invitation, have resolved to follow our Lord along the path of devout humility, have in a variety of ways given expression to these words of the Apostle Paul: "But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Gal 6:14).
We believe Jesus, the son of God, was crucified for the salvation of all souls.
And some of their wives are taking it in turns to be crucified alongside them.
Riyadh, Jumada I 28, 1433, Apr 20, 2012, SPA -- Abdulrahman Al-Sadeq Abdulrahman Zein Al-Abideen, a Sudanese national, was killed and crucified in Riyadh today for having forced open a house of a woman who was inside, choked her to death while she was asleep, raped her, stolen SR165,000 and an amount of jewellery and managed to open the gas cylinder with the intention to set the house ablaze, the Ministry of Interior announced.
He said: "Knox has been crucified in a public square, subjected to the most sinister of speculations.
the historically crucified people" (Escritos teologicos 2:133-35).