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Was Jesus Crucified on a Cross or Torture Stake?



This question might strike the reader as one startling question for a Bible-founded Christian fellowship to pose; after all, did not the Apostle Paul plainly write to the congregation at Corinth that, “I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified”—I Corinthians 2. 2?

Still, in the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures, published continuously by the Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1950 (currently in 2013 revision), the above-quoted verse reads, “For I decided not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ, and him executed on the stake.” Similarly, that same translation renders Matthew 10. 38, “And whoever does not accept his torture stake and follow after me is not worthy of me.” Indeed, nowhere in the New World Translation will we find the physical instrument of our Lord’s death referred to as a “cross”, nor the action itself as a “crucifixion”—the terms recognised throughout the Christian world. 

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