The Bible is a collection or library of historical writings, prophetic literature, poetry and songs. It is recognized that these writings are articles of faith, and as such are subject to controversy and differing opinions. It is recognized that some readers question the validity of the Bible.
The purpose of this website is not to put forth a philosophical or theological discourse. This discussion focuses specifically on the events leading to the execution of Jesus by crucifixion, what Christians refer to as the Passion of Jesus Christ, and a forensic reconstruction of how Jesus physiologically may have died.
The authenticity of literary contribution from Jesus’ early followers to the Bible (the Gospels) has been described as equal to, or surpassing that, of similar period ancient literature. Further, the descriptions of Jesus’ execution are consistent with historical and archeological information about crucifixion. The biblical accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion, by medically uneducated authors, correlates with known pathophysiologic occurrences in modern medical knowledge. Crucifixion was used as a form of execution by the Romans for centuries. Whatever one’s view of Jesus or the Bible, there is no compelling reason to question the validity of the biblical descriptions of Jesus’ crucifixion: Matthew 27:27-55, Mark 15:16-40, John 19:16-30, and Luke 23:33-49.
What is most significant is that the biblical narratives are consistent with current medical understanding.
Additional resources about biblical authenticity can be found in the Recommended Reading page.