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Was Jesus really crucified in a 'T' shape ?

Posted on Monday, 7 April, 2014 | Comment icon 155 comments

Is the traditional depiction accurate ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Frydolin
A new study has suggested that the traditional depiction of Jesus on the cross could be wrong.
Scientists in Liverpool have based their findings on the controversial Turin Shroud, the ancient burial cloth of Jesus himself that is said to bear his image.

The stained outline appears to show a man with blood streaming down his arms in a way that, according to researchers, shouldn't be possible if Jesus was crucified in the traditional 'T' shape depicted in Christian art.

Instead, they argue, in order for the blood to have flowed in such a manner Jesus would have had to be crucified in a 'Y' shape with his hands above his head.

This alternative position would have not only been more painful but could have also caused breathing difficulties, resulting in death from asphyxiation.

Given the dubious origins of the shroud itself however these findings have been met with a considerable degree of skepticism.

Source: Christian Post | Comments (155)

Tags: Jesus, Cross

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Comment icon #146 Posted by DieChecker on 20 April, 2014, 21:47
Christians using Cross 200 AD. Romans adopt Christianity = 391 AD = Approximately 200 years later.
Comment icon #147 Posted by spacecowboy342 on 20 April, 2014, 21:58
I'm not sure that is exactly accurate but I don't have anything to show differently at hand. The way I understand is that even in the time of Constantine the cross wasn't in use, at least widely by Christians as a symbol
Comment icon #148 Posted by davros of skaro on 21 April, 2014, 1:05
LOL! You animal...
Comment icon #149 Posted by CJ1983 on 24 April, 2014, 22:32
I've heard this theory a long time ago in church, I was under the impression it wasn't even a cross, but a straight pole. The nails didn't go through his hands either, they went through his wrists.
Comment icon #150 Posted by davros of skaro on 25 April, 2014, 3:48
The wrists were considered to be part of the hands in those times.Studies on cadavers show that nails in the palm would rip apart the hand with some body weight added.
Comment icon #151 Posted by spacecowboy342 on 25 April, 2014, 4:07
True but the arms could have been secured with ropes and the palms nailed just to add insult to injury
Comment icon #152 Posted by DieChecker on 25 April, 2014, 4:51
I do agree with the wrists. That seems a more likely way that they did it. I'd not agree with the pole, since many other sources say that the Romans were pretty standardized in how they crucified people. I do agree that it is a possibility though.
Comment icon #153 Posted by Philangeli on 25 April, 2014, 8:33
I go for the cross theory. After all, the word, 'crucifixion', does mean fixed to a cross. Though, single wooden stakes were also used, the Romans tended to use crossbeams as well in their gory executions. Also, it is more probable that Jesus carried the cross beam up to Calvary and not the main stake, which would have been far too heavy for a man to carry (particularly in his already weakened condition). In some cases, the condemned was forced to carry the crossbeam on his shoulders to the place of execution. A whole cross would weigh well over 135 kilos (300 lb), but the crossbeam wo... [More]
Comment icon #154 Posted by davros of skaro on 25 April, 2014, 9:37
That's true, but straps were probably used regardless, so I would imagine. I see it like this;Slap your open palm, then just below that your wrist with a metal rod.See which hurts more.

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