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July 28, 2015

Was Jesus crucified on a living tree in a garden?

The gospels report that Jesus was crucified and buried in a garden. This garden (called Gethsemane) was located on the Mount of Olives where Jesus often taught his disciples when visiting Jerusalem. The garden was accessible from the major road connecting Jerusalem to Bethany. On the road near the garden was a fig tree (bearing leaves but no fruit). In the days before his death, Jesus cursed this fig tree so that no man would eat of its fruit again. Additionally, a study of New Testament descriptions supports the conclusion that Jesus was likely crucified on a living tree. How do these elements relate to other important passages discussing sin and God’s plan for redeeming mankind?

For more information on
the biblical details of Christ’s atoning work and their possible significance, please see our:


Crucifixion Study
(Available at the bottom of the studies list on our Redemption page.)

Q:I'm new here. Where should I get started?
The arrangement of topics to the left provides a recommended reading order. It is designed to reflect a step-by-step progression from more basic topics to more complex ones. However, it is not necessary to follow this order. Those who are more familiar with certain topics may easily read whichever studies are of interest without first going through all of the earlier topics in the list.

systematic theology:
a reading guide

logical fallacies
a list of false
arguments