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Today’s How do we know: the man’s bones were not broken

October 22, 2013

imageJohn’s gospel offers prophetic fulfillment in telling us that none of Jesus’ bones were broken. This is important, theologically, because the law of Moses says that the Passover lamb must not have any bones broken.

Looking at the image of the man pictured on the shroud we see no convincing evidence of broken bones, although some have suggested that the man’s nose seems broken. But there is no way to know from the image on the shroud.

To use this observation as evidence of anything is trivial.

Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus)- Salvador Dali

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  1. October 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Our nose is made of cartilage, not bone, right? So a broken nose is not a broken bone. How’s that for trivial? :)

  2. anoxie
    October 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    There are many little bones at the basis of the cartilage. There is a doubt on the knee cap too.

    That said, there is no obvious wound/deformation indicating legs were broken.

  3. daveb of wellingon nz
    October 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Maybe one popped carpal bone in the Talpiot Jesus ossuary!?

    Nose: Barbet “Doctor at Calvary”, p.91 – ‘Nose deformed by a fracture of the cartilage near where it joins nasal bone, which is intact’

    • anoxie
      October 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Based on a picture, we simply can’t say reliably wether nasal bone is broken or not.

  4. October 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    According to Dr. Petrus Soons and other medical experts such as radiologists and doctors I have personally spoken to who have come to our museum from the local hospital, there are absolutely no broken bones on the body, contrary to some who claim so. The cartilage is separated from the bone in the nose, not broken.

    • anoxie
      October 23, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Broken nose :
      A broken nose is painfull, swollen, red.

      It is a very common injury and may have very mild symptoms.

      I hardly see how one can discard a broken nose with no physical exam. Nasal bone may be broken, or not.

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