This page is part of the Death of Jesus curriculum unit.
Suggested lesson plans are available for each session at the following pages:
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Use this session to watch the relevant sections of the BBC series, Son of God, in which a scientist describes the historical and physical aspects of crucifixion, as well as some of the events around the time of Jesus’ arrest and trial.
Either before or after watching these segments, you might provide an opportunity for students to report to the class on their findings about crucifixion in the ancient world.
There are a number of sites that offer information about ancient crucifixion practices, but the following are recommended as neutral academic sites:
- Crucifixion in Antiquity (CenturyOne Foundation) - Joe Zias
- Crucifixion in Antiquity: The Anthropological Evidence - Joe Zias
- Jesus & Jehohannan: An archaeological note on crucifixion (PBS Frontline series) - Prof James H. Charlesworth
The following non-academic site also has lots of useful information and links:
- Crucifixion (Wikipedia)