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Abstract

Evidence from secular sources shows that the Romans did not attempt to crucify all in the empire who rose against them; rather, they crucified leaders as a warning to others, but often let followers go. Jesus believed or hoped that if he surrendered to the cross, though the Romans would crucify him as leader, they would let his followers go. He surrendered himself accordingly, to save his followers from suffering a similar fate. As a historical fact, this was successful, and his followers were preserved to become the beginnings of the church.

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In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus