The "others" crucified with Jesus

August 14, 2009 at 5:43 am (Uncategorized)

It is the general interpretation of those that read the Bible that there were only two who were crucified with Jesus. But some Bible scholars have pointed out that there were actually 4 others that were with Jesus at his crucifixion. Two “thieves” (Matthew 27:38; Mark 15:27) and two “malefactors” (Luke 23:32).

A quick Google search only revealed two articles that mentioned the 5 crosses: http://us.franceguide.com/Inside-Bri…&EditoID=30590 and http://www.tregor.fr/patrimoine.php?numero=211.

According to The Companion Bible (unfortunately page 187 is missing from the Google Books scanned appendix section):

It is also recorded that both the robbers reviled Him (Matthew 27:44; Mark 15:32); while in Luke 23:39 only one of the malefactors “railed on Him”, and “the other rebuked him” for so doing (Luke 23:40). If there were only two, this is a real discrepancy; and there is another, for the two malefactors were “led with him to be put to death” (Luke 23:32), and when they were come to Calvary, “they” then and there “crucified him and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left” (Luke 23:33).

To show that we are not without evidence, even from tradition, we may state that there is a “Calvary” to be seen at Ploubezere near Lannion, in the Cotes-du-Nord, Brittany, known as Les Cinq Croix (“The Five Crosses”). There is a high cross in the centre, with four lower ones, two on either side. There may be other instances of which we have not heard.

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