Why the Cross?

[This was written by Tabernacle of David teacher Ryan White, and was originally posted at Rooted In Torah.]

The cross is probably the most well-known symbol of Christianity today. Recently, there have been many attacks on this symbol: claims it was pagan, claims it wasn’t used until Constantine, etc. But clearly, we see in the New Testament that the cross was something spoken of as a symbol of God’s power. What are we to do?

In this teaching, we will explore the first-century meaning of crucifixion. We will look at its usage before Yeshua, as well as how it was viewed by believers in Yeshua after the events of Passover.