Julian Doyle and The Crucifixion

The Staurogram

Paul Smith

17 January 2018
Put online at: 8:00 PM GMT

Leaving aside the fact that written references relating to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion exist in the earliest Christian documents – the letters of Paul dating from before the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in AD 70 – Julian Doyle makes the following astonishing claims:

THAT the well-known image of Jesus on the cross, created nearly four hundred years after the actual event, was a total invention by commissioned artists.

THAT Jesus was never placed on a cross by the Romans and actually crucifixion was not even the method of capital punishment used by the Romans.

Such claims are based upon ignorance of the historical facts. Add to this that Julian Doyle is inspired by the rubbish found in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, his 2017 book “Who Killed Jesus?” becomes just as hilarious as the 1979 Monty Python film Life of Brian.

It is because of such ignorance that Julian Doyle and the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail are unable to form tenable historical theories.

The Staurogram was a combination of Greek letters tau-rho forming a stylised image of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, found on papyri dating from the second century (Papyrus Bodmer XIV, part of Papyrus 75), predating other Crucifixion imagery by 200 years.

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