The Trials: The Medical Aspects Of The Crucifixion Of Jesus

The Trials: The Medical Aspects Of The Crucifixion Of Jesus


The Trials

After Jesus’ arrest they led Him away to the High Priest Caiaphas, where the Scribes and elders were assembled. During this inquisition we are told that “some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and beat Him, and to say to Him, ‘Prophesy!’ And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.”1

Beatings about the face received by a blindfolded individual cause even worse trauma because the victim cannot “roll with the punches.” 

In the hours that followed Jesus received two additional beatings at the hands of Roman soldiers.2  Severe disfigurement of the face would certainly have resulted from the brutal treatment. It is likely that the eyelids were swollen shut as a result of such beatings. This was done in fulfillment of the prophesy of Isaiah 52:13-14:

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.

  1. Mark 14:65.
  2. Matthew 27; Luke 23.

…to be continued

This article was originally was written by Dr. Mark Eastman 

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