As we all know, the jw religion teaches that Christ was impaled on a torture stake rather than crucified on the cross. I have my own views on this and have recently been approached by a friend who also has certain views on the murder of Jesus. From my own reading of history and some recent internet sources, the discription of what the bible says happened to Christ bears little resemblance to what impalement on a torture stake actually was. The opening of the torso between the genitals and the anus and forcing a blunt pole through the trunk, which pushes the organs aside without piercing them. Then the pole is let out of the body through a hole cut under the sternum to pass up to below the chin for a nice place to rest and hold the poor soul to suffer and scream to death over the course of days. What the Bible describes in its gory detail is actually more along the lines of a crucifiction in my view.
What I would like to do is start this thread with the idea of getting as many views from as many folks as possible. Especially an historians in the group who have better insights into the finer points of crucifiction and impalement. Which came first? Whish was the one practiced at the time of Jesus death?