Jesus is sentenced to death. Soldiers decorate his head with a crown of thorns. They put a cross on his back, which he carries to the top of Calvary in sweat and tears. He is nailed to the cross and put amongst the other condemned men. He is left to die of exhaustion and of the wounds he’s suffering. When the guards aren’t looking, Jesus takes his chance, slips off the cross and runs away. Is that not what happened? It would have been, had the Romans not known how to crucify people.
It’s hard to believe that they lacked the skills in this area – crucifixion used to be one of the most popular punishments at that time. It was already well-developed in the era of Cesar, who spread many of them on the territories from Rhine to Nile. Although the method of effective crucifixtion used by the Romans is not precisely known, there is no doubt that it was much closer to reality than the popularized vision of the passion of Christ offered by many artists.
Traditionally, Jesus is depicted as nailed to the cross with big nails through his palms and feet. As far as the nailed palms are concerned, Jesus could have easily torn the skin covering the metacarpus bones and quickly (yet painfully) release his hands free. And if he had had his feet nailed with one foot directly above the other, as it is often depicted, he would have performed another miracle – a miracle of alternative anatomy. Nailing the feet this way is simply impossible by nature. An original bone of a crucified person, along with a nail, was once found in Isreal. Thanks to this discovery, we know that the executors did not count on the impeccable bone flexibility of the victims, but rather showed no signs of faith in the supernatural and placed the nails on a side of the leg of the victims, near the ankle.
What is equally interesting is that the image of the face of Jesus that is portrayed on sacred paintings is far from the reality, too. Probably we would all want to know the first person who painted his face this way, as we know it. The same applies to the depiction of crucified Jesus, making it far from the truth both in terms of his face and the nailed toes. The deeply believing artists painting and sculpting their Saviour were guided by an idealistic sense of beauty in his portrayal and it comes as no surprise why.
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