Do Manichaeans believe Christ underwent a physical crucifixion and subsequent resurrection? Was he literally hanged on a cross? Some scholarly writings say that Manichaeans despise the thought of the Crucifixion – is this true?
Manichaeans speak of the Crucifixion in three different ways.
- The Light being crucified, the Cross of Light
- Isho (Jesus) was crucified (pierced, hanged) during the time of the Tabernacle (Moses’ time)
- The “appearance” of Crucifixion in First Century Judaea
All three of these are related, with the last two pointing back to the Cross of Light.