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March 31, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Medical Critique of the Jesus Swoon Theory

From the Journal of the American Medical Association  article “On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ” from March 21, in 1986 points out that our best evidence says he died on the cross:

Thus, it remains unsettled whether Jesus  died  of  cardiac  rupture  or of cardiorespiratory   failure.   However, the  important  feature  may be  not how he  died  but  rather  whether he  died. Clearly, the weight of historical and  medical  evidence  indicates  that Jesus  was  dead  before  the  wound to  his  side  was  inflicted  and  supports  the  traditional  view  that  the  spear,  thrust  between  his  right  ribs,  probably perforated not only the right lung but also the pericardium and heart and thereby  ensured  his  death  (Fig  7).  Accordingly, interpretations based on the assumption that Jesus did not die on the cross appear to be at odds with modern medical knowledge.


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