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Josephus (Non-Christian Historian) Wrote about Crucifixions

Posted by FactReal on April 8, 2012

CRUCIFIXIONS WERE COMMON FORM OF EXECUTION USED BY ROMANS
The historian of antiquity Flavius Josephus (born A.D. 37 — died circa A.D. 100) also wrote how crucifixions were used by the Romans as a form of punishment.

● Josephus’s book The Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 11, Section 1:
Here Josephus recorded how the Romans terrorized the Jewish population by crucifying many of them before the walls of Jerusalem during the siege of A.D. 70. At one point, the number of crucifixions reached 500 a day and there was no room for all the crosses.

Meanwhile, as Titus’ earthworks were progressing, his troops captured any who ventured out to look for food. When caught, they resisted, and were then tortured and crucified before the walls as a terrible warning to the people within. Titus pitied them — some 500 were captured daily — but dismissing those captured by force was dangerous, and guarding such numbers would imprison the guards. Out of rage and hatred, the soldiers nailed their prisoners in different postures, and so great was their number that space could not be found for the crosses.

Sources: Ancient writings via Project Gutenberg, Scribd.
Josephus as summarized by Paul L. Maier, Josephus, the Essential Works: A Condensation of Jewish Antiquities and The Jewish War (Kregel Academic, 1995), p 358.

● Josephus’s book The Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 6, Section 5:

Now it happened at this fight that a certain Jew was taken alive, who, by Titus’s order, was crucified before the wall, to see whether the rest of them would be aftrighted, and abate of their obstinacy.

Source: Ancient writings via Project Gutenberg.

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