As I commented under my post "Was Jesus executed on a cross or a stake? #1: Introduction":
"This series `Was Jesus executed on a cross or a stake?' is proving too `long-winded' (my last post in this series was in 2009)! I hope to summarise it in one post in the near future."
But I later realised that a one-page summary would be too brief to adequately cover the seven topics, as well as the Introduction and Conclusion.
[Above: Jesus as consistently depicted by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Jehovah's Witnesses since least 1958 (over a half-century), hanging on a single-beamed stake with his hands above his head and affixed by one nail through both hands (WB&TS, 1958, "From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained," p.141]
So here is the beginning of my new nine-part series (of no more than one post per topic), proving that Jesus was crucified on a two-beamed cross, not a one-beamed stake as the Watchtower Society claims. I will use the same headings, but put "Biblical" second after "Introduction."
1. INTRODUCTION [See my Was Jesus executed on a cross or a stake? #1: Introduction]
The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (WB&TS) teaches that "Jesus Christ did not die on a cross" but on "an upright pale or stake":
"Nevertheless, true Christians do not use the cross in worship. Why not? An important reason is that Jesus Christ did not die on a cross. The Greek word generally translated `cross' is stau-ros'. It basically means `an upright pale or stake." (WB&TS, "What Does the Bible Really Teach?," 2005, p.205).
"Pontius Pilate then sentenced him to death on a torture stake. He was nailed to a wooden pole and hung there upright." (WB&TS, "Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life," 1995, p.66).
"Jesus did not die on a cross. He died on a pole, or a stake. The Greek word translated `cross' in many Bibles meant just one piece of timber. ... " (WB&TS, "What Does God Require of Us?," 1996, p.23).
"The Bible shows that Jesus was not executed on a conventional cross at all but, rather, on a simple stake, or stau-ros'. This Greek word ... basically means a simple upright beam or pole ..." ("The Cross-Symbol of Christianity?," The Watchtower, November 15, 1992, p.7).
"Thus the weight of the evidence indicates that Jesus died on an upright stake and not on the traditional cross." (WB&TS, "Reasoning from the Scriptures," 1989, p.90).
"No Biblical evidence even intimates that Jesus died on a cross." (Awake!, 8 November, 1972, p.28).
"... there is nothing in the Bible that indicates that the stake on which Jesus was executed had a crossbar. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary." ("It Is Not in the Bible!," The Watchtower, November, 1, 1970, pp.645-646).
"As to the cross, the Bible indicates that Jesus was put to death on a simple upright stake or crux simplex." ("When You First Go to a Kingdom Hall," The Watchtower, October 15, 1969, p.632).
"Jesus Christ was killed on an upright stake that had no crosspiece." ("The Cross in Worship," The Watchtower, February, 15, 1960, p.126).
"Thus we see the Scriptures, the facts of history and reason uniting to testify that Christ did not die on a cross but upon an upright pole or stake ..." ("Did Christ Die on a Cross?," The Watchtower, March 15, 1957, p.168).
Moreover the Society has been teaching that Jesus was executed on a single upright stake, not a two-beamed cross, since at least 1950, i.e. over sixty years:
"Matthew 10:38 - `torture stake' ... stau-ros', Greek ... This is the expression used in connection with the execution of Jesus at Calvary. There is no evidence that the Greek word stau-ros' meant here a `cross' ... the word stau-ros' meant merely an upright stake or pale ... The evidence is, therefore, completely lacking that Jesus Christ was crucified on two pieces of timber placed at a right angle." (WB&TS, 1950, "New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures," pp.768,771).
So if the Watchtower Society has been wrong on this, for over sixty years, and `apostate' Christianity has been right all along, that Jesus was crucified on a two-beamed cross, then the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is unmasked (yet again!) as a false teacher (2Pet 2:1 NWT):
However, there also came to be false prophets among the people, as there will also be false teachers among YOU. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves.
and cannot be trusted in anything, let alone in JWs' eternal destiny.
And as we shall see, the Watchtower is wrong on this, and Jesus was executed on a two-beamed cross, not a one-beamed stake!
Continued in part #2: Biblical.