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    Why do you think the crucifixion was absent as a symbol during the early Christian art? This question is posed.

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    The early "believers" were predominantly Jewish. As such they existed within the larger Jewish community. In fact, the Book of Acts refers to them as a sect of Judaism, called the "Nazarenes." The actual Hebrew word is "Notsrim." Technically, these Notsrim were quite a bit different than the Christians. To simplify, the Notsrim believed that the Torah of Moses was still valid, and that the Messiah came to explain and show what it meant to live a Torah-observant lifestyle. On the other hand, the Christians, although they too believed in the same ...

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    The absence of early crucifixion symbolism is explained.