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The 'Swoon' Theory

According to this theory Jesus was not dead when he was laid in the tomb on the Friday evening. He merely swooned from loss of blood and the agony of crucifixion. Later he revived and was able to emerge from the tomb and then disappear   -  see the claim above that he went to live in (a) Europe or (b Kashmir.

PROBLEM

This flies in the face of the Gospel account of

•  The Roman soldiers not breaking Jesus' legs because he was already dead

•  The Roman soldier taking a spear and thrusting it into Jesus' chest to make sure he was dead.

It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken.  Then their bodies could be taken down.

The soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water immediately flowed out. (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe. These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “They will look on the one they pierced.”    JOHN 19:31-37 

The Romans practised crurifragium, or leg-breaking, to hasten the death of a crucified man (see also THE COST OF SALVATION). John makes it very clear in his gospel account that the soldiers did not break Jesus' legs because he was already dead. But just to be sure, one of them took a spear and thrust it into Jesus' chest. It is difficult to see how a person would survive such treatment and then be able to revive!

Even more unlikely is the idea of Jesus being laid in a rock-cut tomb with a massive stone rolled across its entrance and then being able to move it, having somehow revived in the cool of the tomb after the ordeal of crucifixion.

 


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