I am a practicing physician in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I am not a professional clergyman. In my clinical practice, I treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. A part of my practice is reviewing complicated injury and treatment histories in order to assess causation, impairment, and treatment requirements.
I began studying the crucifixion of Jesus when I was asked to lecture for a Christian medical student group. I knew physicians had written about crucifixion but I hadn’t read any medical writers on the subject. I found it peculiar that there was a lack of consensus among physician writers on how a person would die by crucifixion, in particular Jesus, the most famous historical example. It seemed likely to me that reasonable conclusions about the mechanism of Jesus’ death would be possible from a forensic reconstruction of the events leading to Jesus’ death from biblical accounts. (In some ways, this was not unlike my clinic practice of reviewing complex medical histories). This prompted me to study the historical practice of crucifixion and the biblical accounts of Jesus’ execution from the perspective of medical writers and peer reviewed medical literature. My article in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine was the result.
The purpose of this website is to tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion from a historical and medical perspective.
Joseph W. Bergeron, M.D.