Perhaps one of the best attested facts about Jesus is that he was crucified, an event that several independent sources affirm. According to James Dunn the crucifixion is of the “two facts in the life of Jesus command almost universal assent” (1) and that it “rank[s] so high on the ‘almost impossible to doubt or deny’ scale of historical facts” (2). The prominent Bart Ehrman agrees that “The crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans is one of the most secure facts we have about his life” (3).
Furthermore, we find that all our gospels sources attest to the crucifixion as Jesus’ mode of death. Mark, our earliest gospel, utilized a Pre-Markan passion narrative source about Jesus’ last week and subsequent crucifixion. This is an important detail for it allows us to go back much earlier than our earliest gospel meaning that we have early attestation to the crucifixion.
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