I have just seen this news story that was published a few days ago in the Daily Telegraph based on the claims of a Christian Biblical scholar who says that his research indicates that Jesus not did not die by being nailed to a cross as popularly believed.
Gunnar Samuelsson, a theologian based at Gothenburg University, has written a 400 page thesis based on what he says are original texts and has said:
“I spent almost three years,” he says, “reading all the ancient texts I could find … from about Homer until the first century of the Common Era.” He says “some kind of suspension of a living or a dead person or a part of a person” was indeed common at the time, but crucifixion is not mentioned. In the Bible itself, all it says is that Jesus carried and then was executed on a staurus–“there is no other description beyond that.”
The Qur’an says:
‘[The Jews] said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) know ledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise.’ (Qur’an 4:157-158)