“What did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture?”

Below are a set of some of the most brutal quotations from the article, “The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View” by C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S., Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965.

See this blog post for links, excerpts and material related to my song made from a select reading of the article: https://6suckssex.com/crucifixion-passion-the-passion-of-christ-from-a-medical-point-of-view/

…  After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiaphas, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiaphas. The palace guards then blindfolded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat on Him, and struck Him in the face.

… Preparations for the scourging are carried out. The prisoner is stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. … The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum (or flagellum) in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back, and legs. At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles. The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows. Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped.

… They still need a crown to make their travesty complete. A small bundle of flexible branches covered with long thorns, (commonly used for firewood) are plaited into the shape of a crown and this pressed into His scalp. Again there is copious bleeding (the scalp being one of the most vascular areas of the body.) After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp. Finally, they tire of their sadistic sport and the robe is torn from His back. This had already become adherent to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, and its removal, just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, causes excruciating pain…. almost as though He were again being whipped —- and the wounds again begin to bleed.

… Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus is quickly thrown backward with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. …

… The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrist, excruciating, fiery pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain–the nails in the wrist are putting pressure on the median nerves. As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again, there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.

… In order that the Sabbath not be profaned, the Jews asked that the condemned men be killed and removed promptly from the crosses. The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurefracture, the breaking of the bones of the legs. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest, and rapid suffocation occurred. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when they came to Jesus, they saw that this was unnecessary.

Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. The 34th verse of the 19th chapter of St. John: “And immediately there came out blood and water.”

Comcast & FCC vs. Net Neutrality – Case studies in regulatory capture – take action if u care

These headlines from Fight for the Future in the last month illustrate the socially destructive power of government-corporate collusion – the essence of fascism. Continue reading “Comcast & FCC vs. Net Neutrality – Case studies in regulatory capture – take action if u care”

Beasts beat the elites – power to the people

You may have seen the famous ‘Battle at Kruger’ video posted to Youtube in 2007 – a huge herd of African buffalo rescue a calf alive from a group of lions that had taken it down, after the lions had almost lost their prey to a couple of crocs:

Continue reading “Beasts beat the elites – power to the people”

Removing the worm from the apple of Attenborough’s eye

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Worms in the apples of Atheist eyes

Updated 5/9/17. Many people have wondered if, or even claimed, that the existence of suffering in the world is evidence that either God does not exist, or that God is not love. For instance, the following quotes from David Attenborough, the famous, intelligent and personable British naturalist and TV personality, typify this POV: Continue reading “Removing the worm from the apple of Attenborough’s eye”

Transformed by trauma: Heather Thompson, sudden savant artist

Amazing art and story. Heather Thompson got hit on the head by her SUV’s trunk hatch, and it changed her life – she could no longer function as the successful business consultant she had been, but serendiptitously discovered a genius talent for expressing her soul’s humanity through art, social media and public engagement.

http://www.bluephoenixart.com

Meet the female entrepreneur who became an artist overnight after a brain injury

What It’s Like Being a Sudden Savant

 

Who was Moses’ Cushite Wife and why is she in the Bible?

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White Hebrew Levite Moses and his Black Cushite (Ethiopian) wife, by Rubens, public domain. Num 12:1-2

Updated 4/22/17. In Num 12:1-2 there is a reference to a “Cushite” wife of Moses:

 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has Yahweh spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And Yahweh heard this.

This is the only place in the Bible where there’s a reference to Moses having a Cushite wife. In numerous other places, a wife of Moses’ is referred to as a Midianite named Zipporah. Continue reading “Who was Moses’ Cushite Wife and why is she in the Bible?”

Two Beautiful People in Love

Two beautiful people in love
Mentally challenged in love – marriage, reproductive & parenting rights

Updated 4/7/17. Do you know these people or the photographer or the media this appeared in? I believe this is a fair use, but blessings are good and so is giving credit where due, and I’d like to interview them. I found this photo a couple decades or so ago, which had been published along with info on the issue of the natural and social rights of those with developmental issues, including marriage and reproduction. Continue reading “Two Beautiful People in Love”

‘Pious fraud’ serving God – Boy-king Josiah fulfilling prophecy as religious tool

An amazing example of religious deception that ultimately served God’s will involves Josiah the boy-king of Judah, whose name was allegedly given in prophecy around three centuries before he did the things the prophecy said he would do. For another example with some interesting parallels to this episode, see this [forthcoming] article on the prophecies about the Persian King Cyrus the Great by Second Isaiah. Continue reading “‘Pious fraud’ serving God – Boy-king Josiah fulfilling prophecy as religious tool”

Love, Sex and the Tree of Life

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Mating Earthworms – Wikimedia commons. “But I am a worm, and not a man” – Psalm 22.

On the 6 Sucks Sex blog, the subject of human sex and romance will be addressed many times in many ways. In this primary article, a foundation and context for discussion will get laid with this summary of Western science’s understanding of the evolutionary origin and history of sexual reproduction. Continue reading “Love, Sex and the Tree of Life”

Who is Jesus? Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, son of the damned

According to the numerous New Testament witnesses, as well as contemporary critics of Jesus and unsympathetic historians, a man called Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph, Christ of God, was crucified by Roman procurator Pontius Pilate early in the fourth decade CE. The name Jesus is pronounced yah-shua in Hebrew, meaning YHWH’s Salvation – God’s salvation. Continue reading “Who is Jesus? Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, son of the damned”

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