Re: _stauros_


Do you read the New Testament as historical fact?  Or rhetorical tract?  
What reasons could the composers of these narratives have had for adding 
the detail of pierced hands/wrists for the Jesus character?  What effects 
were they seeking?

On Tue, 26 Jul 1994 CWALKER@apollo.roundlake.baxter.com wrote:

> I'd like to add my $0.02 to this discusson.  There is one detail that I have
> yet to figure out:  The wounds on His hands.
> If Jesus was crucified on a stake, how could his hands (wrists) been
> pierced?  To me, this detail seems to eliminate the idea of just a stake.

Richard Russell
Episcopal Divinity School
99 Brattle Street-
Cambridge, MA 02138