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Offline Isadore

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Different crosses
« on: May 18, 2010, 10:28:04 PM »
Sorry if this has been asked, I searched the forum and got too much on different things, and I searched googled and got jewelry.

Why does the cross sometimes have a second bar right above the main one at the top? I understand the bar toward the bottom, but I've seen it various times with two bars at the top as well, and sometimes without. Who uses what and why?
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Re: Different crosses
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 10:43:19 PM »

Do you mean a cross like this one?

The bar along the top signifies the sign that was nailed to the cross, over Christ's head proclaiming Him to be "JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS." The sign was written in three languages. Hebrew was the language of religion and of Israel, Latin was the language the Romans, and Greek was the language of the commoners, the people.

Of course the middle bar is where Christ's hands were nailed to the Cross...and the bottom bar for His feet.  The bottom bar points up towards the right (towards Heaven) and to the right side where the penitent thief was crucified, who begged for Christ to forgive him.

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Re: Different crosses
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010, 12:38:33 AM »
Yup, like that. I just don't know why they skip the sign sometimes...
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Re: Different crosses
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 02:20:35 PM »
Hebrew was the language of religion and of Israel:


This is not accurate...it was however the language of the Temple. 

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