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Does it say in the Bible which wood was used for Christ's cross?

Did the Romans used pine for the crucifiction crosses they used in Jerusalem?

Which trees are local in that area?

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Asked by Clairwil at 1:52 PM on Dec. 3, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • I don't remember the type of wood used, but I do believe it is in the bible.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 1:54 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I remember having a discussion about the lack of wood. Cant rememeber which, maybe cedar, but not sure.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 2:04 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I think it was dogwood and maybe 1 or 2 other types. I will see if I can find the answer for you.

    Answer by Conley639 at 2:06 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • There are conifers everywhere, but the kind varies by region. Eastern Orth believe it was cypress, pine and cedar but it's not anywhere in the mainline Protestant bible.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:10 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I don't know

    Answer by -Eilish- at 2:11 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • The Bible does not specifically say what wood Christ's cross was made from. Some say it was made of oak and others say it was made from an olive tree.


    Answer by SirsMom at 2:11 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I had always heard redwood, but I don't really knwo for sure.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:14 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • The Bible does not tell us what type of wood the cross Jesus was crucified on was made of. Roman history does not go into specifics as to how the crosses were made or what type of wood was used. There is a legend that the cross was made of dogwood. This is unlikely considering the typical size of a dogwood tree. The legend of the dogwood tree, author unknown, is as follows:
    In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew
    To a stately size and a lovely hue.
    'Twas strong and firm it's branches interwoven
    For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
    Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
    Christ made a promise which still holds good:
    "Never again shall the dogwood grow
    Large enough to be used so.
    Slender and twisted, it shall be
    With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
    As blood stains the petals marked in brown
    The blossom's center wears a thorny crown.
    All who see it will remember Me

    Answer by Elaine1960 at 2:18 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • The only evidence about actual crucifictions in that area seems to be: Haas, Nicu. “Anthropological observations on the skeletal remains from Giv’at ha-Mivtar”, Israel Exploration Journal 20 (1-2), 1970: 38-59


    Comment by Clairwil (original poster) at 2:22 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I am still searching, dogwood, cypress, and elm were my top three answers. I have searched the Bible and it is not stated in there.

    Answer by Conley639 at 2:23 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

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