Skip to comments."On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle
Posted on 04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT by Oakleaf
ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily from hypovolemic shock and exhaustion asphyxia. Jesus death was ensured by the thrust of a soldiers spear into his side. Modern medical interpretation of the historical evidence indicates that Jesus was dead when taken down from the cross. (JAMA 1986; 255:1455-1463)
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Another extensive discussion is the book A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ As Described by a Surgeon by Pierre Barbet, There is also a DVD How Jesus Died: The Final 18 Hourse which is a discussion of the pathophysiology of His death. This is available at several sources including Vision Video.
A summary of multiple sources may be found at http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=13&article=145.
Our Lord's passion and death remain as gruesome today as they were 2000 years ago.
Read a doctor at Calvary many years ago. It goes into quite a detailed account of the pain it causes...I christian will end up crying after reading it...
Thank you for posting this. I had read it before, but I took the time and re-read it just now. From a purely clinical and medical perspective, the crucfiction offers us a look at the physical side of this extremely cruel form of torture.
FTA.... Death by crucifixion was, in every sense of the word, excruciating (Latin, excruciatus, or out of the cross).
In 1978, there was research done on the shroud which revealed very interesting evidence. A member of the team was a physicist John Jackson who taught at the Air Force Academy.
Jesus probably had seen crucifixions, and He knew what was coming... but He was willing anyway.
May God bless each of you, and may He help us to restore our republic. Happy Easter!
I stand corrected. I thought this was a reprint of the article in the Arizona Medical Journal.
It is interesting to read the letters to the Editor that followed the publishing of this historical account which is similar to others JAMA had done on Lincoln, Mozart etc.
The backlash from some was tremendous. I seem to recall some doctors appalled that JAMA would publish the account of Jesus’s death, implying that he was a mythical character and not a real person who breathed like everyone else.
I am replying to this to repost for this year. I hope this works!
Thanks for posting this!