Saturday, July 5, 2014

What does the Bible really say about those crucified with Jesus?

MYTH-- There were 2 Crucified with Jesus

TRUTH-- There were 4 Crucified with Jesus

     Legend has it, as well as every movie ever produced, shows two other people crucified with Jesus, when in fact there were four. 

Luke 23:32 says,  And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
Luke 23:32
 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. KJV

     The word malefactors here is the word is kakourgos, or evil doers. These 2 individuals accompanied Jesus to Golgatha. As we know from verse 33 one was put on Jesus' right and the other on his left.
Luke 23:33
 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. KJV

In verse 39, we see that one of the kakourgos, spoke blasphemously to Jesus. In vs. 40 the other malefactor rebuked, admonished, the one who reviled Jesus. Here in Luke we have two unspecified evil doers, one of which who rebuked the other for reviling Jesus.

In Mt. 27:35 Jesus was crucified 
Matt 27:35
 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. KJV
John 19:23-24 has this to say about it:
Then (the time word) the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. KJV

Then, they sat down and watched him a while, Matt 27:36, And sitting down they watched him there;

In vs. 37 they got up and set the accusation over his head: Matt 27:37,  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Matt 27:38, Then (after all this time) were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

2, duo, thieves, liestes, were crucifed with him. Liestes means plunderers, which is a specific type of malefactor They were also placed 1 on Jesus' left and the other on his right. In vs. 39, spectators reviled Jesus; in vs. 41 the chief priests, scribes and elders reviled him; in vs. 44 Both of the thieves also “cast the same in his teeth.”
Matt 27:44, The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. KJV This fact alone should be enough to remove any doubt you have that there were more than 2 crucified with Jesus. Here we have 2 who reviled Jesus while in Luke only 1 did. How can you possibly reconcile this distinct difference in these 2 sets of 2 without coming up with 4? These 4 cannot be just 2.

Furthermore, let us look at the two following translations:
John 19:18
 where they crucified him, and with him two others, on this side, and on that side, and Jesus in the midst.

John 19:18
where they crucified him, and with him two others, [one] on this side, and [one] on that, and Jesus in the middle.
The word "one" is not in any Greek texts and was added by the translators as the above translations indicate. Here we also have 3 peculiar words “enteuthen kai enteuthen” which means on both sides, or on each side. It literally means “on this side and on that side!” enteuthen (ent-yoo'-then); (literally or figuratively); (repeated) on both sides: (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

If this is not enough to convince you of another myth that has permeated itself into the fabric of Christianity, consider this:

John 19:32-33 “Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first (one of the thieves), and of the other which was crucified with him. "Was crucified with," is the Greek word sustaurooo which means
to crucify along with; This is one of the malefactors that was led "with" and crucified at the same time "with" Jesus.
Now, verse 33: But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

 But when they came to Jesus----If there were only 2 crucifed with Jesus, the soldiers would have come to him second, right? So, here is what we have:

  •  kakourgos were led w/him and 
  •  Liestes came later;
  • 3 reviled him and 1 didn't; 
  • the 2 who got their legs broken were on one side of him.
  •  It looked like this: | | | | | with Jesus in the “midst!” 

Are you convinced now?