Dating the crucifixion

Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, died on a Roman cross as recorded in Matthew -56, Mark -38, Luke -49, and John -37.

This drink was said to alleviate some of the suffering, but Jesus refused to drink it.

Stake-like nails were driven through his wrists and ankles, fastening him to the cross where he was crucified between two convicted criminals.

The inscription above his head tauntingly read, "The King of the Jews." Jesus hung on the cross for his final agonizing breaths, a period that lasted about six hours.

A prickly crown of thorns was placed on his head and he was stripped naked.

Too weak to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry it for him.

He was led to Golgotha where he would be crucified.

As was the custom, before they nailed him to the cross, a mixture of vinegar, gall, and myrrh was offered.

Stirred by the Jewish chief priests, the crowds declared, "Crucify him!

"As was common, Jesus was publicly scourged, or beaten, with a leather-thonged whip before his crucifixion.

Tiny pieces of iron and bone chips were tied to the ends of each leather thong, causing deep cuts and painful bruises.

He was mocked, struck in the head with a staff and spit on.

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