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What Are The Names of the Thieves Crucified With Christ?

The two thieves are not named in the Bible. However an apocryphal book, The Book of Nicodemus, which Bible scholars date to the fourth century AD on the Biblical timeline names the repentant or good thief Dysmas or Dismas and the thief who mocks Jesus is named Gestas.

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‘Crucifixion by Hans von Tübingen showing the good thief on the right side of Christ, and the impenitent thief on the left side of Christ with a devil. Others portrayed are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John, and the three Marys (Mary Cleophas, Mary Salome and Mary Magdalene).

You can read more about the Book of Nicodemus or read an English translation of the Book of Nicodemus online (it’s only 24 pages.)

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60 thoughts on “What Are The Names of the Thieves Crucified With Christ?

  1. WOW. I believe that the two thieves are shown to us as a choice for us to make. Which do we want to be? Our choice. Their name could be your name does it matter? As for me and my family we will serve the Lord. I have asked Jesus for forgiveness of my sins asking him into my life as my Saviour. I do not believe that God makes mistakes, things are exactly the way they should be. Acceptance is the answer to ALL my problems today. The only one who makes mistakes is me, I must now try to understand what I’m supposed to do. Through Him all things are possible.

    1. That’s good insight. The fact is, Jesus is showing us that all men are under judgment and some will choose life while others choose death. The main point being that all people are the same and that there is away out of spiritual judgment. There is so much theology at the cross and very few stop to see it. I think it’s one of the most precious and packed theological events in the Bible. Good insight.

  2. I noticed that the two men on both sides of our savior Jesus christ are not on an actual cross, Jesus was crucified on an actual cross shape, the other two are on a T shape, is this significant?? And what does mean?

  3. This is a very good insight, i do learn a lot from this story. There is a spiritual judgement waiting everybody at the end therefore i do understand that the decision we take is what will kill or save us. Dismass is guaranteed a life in the kingdom regardless of what led to his crusification,it was just by recorgnising and declaring Jesus.I learnt from this that Jesus is not after your past, behaviors, wealth etc but loves and welcomes everybody that comes to him humbly.

  4. Therefore, we learn that there are other scripts, that clarifies the Bible stories than they appear in the Bible.

  5. Repentance thru Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life

    1. Yes, some of those “other scripts, that clarifies the Bible stories than they appear in the Bible.” would be the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. In them, we read that “paradise” is not the final reward, but a place where good spirits await the Final Judgment. At the Final Judgment, Jesus will declare are eternal destination, and all spirits must hear the gospel and accept or reject it before the Final Judgment. Even Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and everyone else who ever lived on this earth. This clarifies many Biblical passages, which Biblical passages also declare that there will be many final destinations, not just heaven or hell. They are referred to as degrees of glory (Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial, and compared to the difference in glory between the sun, the moon, and the stars). In my Father’s house are many mansions. A fair and just God would not give the same reward to everyone, regardless of how they act. Otherwise, what’s the point of having a judgment at all?

      1. Book of mormon and and it’s related books are heresy written out by false prophets in the 1800s and not good for proper spiritual instruction, historical teaching, or revelation. Best to stick with the actual Scripture, which is written out in the Holy Bible.

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