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A Doctor at Calvary

Publisher: Allegro Editions • 1978 • 234 pages

The Gospels tell us only the barest details of our Lord’s cruel sufferings up to and on Calvary. But after 19 centuries, an eminent (and devout) French surgeon fills in the harrowing gaps. Dr. Pierre Barbet studied the Shroud of Turin, inch by inch, recreating every stage of Jesus’ sufferings, with heart-wrenching details. For example:

  • The painful hemorrhaging that corresponds to Jesus’ sweating “drops of blood”
  • Evidence that Christ received more than the customary number of blows during the scourging – by two soldiers at once
  • The Crown of Thorns: more like a cap that cut into the Lord’s head in every part
  • Did Christ merely drag the Cross to Calvary, as artist often depict? Evidence suggests otherwise. How much it weighed
  • Countless medically accurate details on the Shroud that no medieval artist could have forged – or even known about
  • Were Christ’s feet nailed separately, or one over the other? Dr. Barbet settles the question

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