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A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ As Described by a Surgeon Hardcover – September, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Roman Catholic Books (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912141042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912141046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read it once a year, usually during Lent and I am deeply moved by it each time.
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For anyone interested in the Shroud of Turin, or medical "details" of Jesus' crucifixion, this book is absolutely "MUST reading".
Steven H Propp
It helped me understand the incredible, passionate love that God has for each of us.
John K. Stenard

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By John K. Stenard on March 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Incredibly inspirational, this book examines, from a modern medical standpoint, the tortures that Our Lord Jesus Christ willingly endured at the time of his death by crucifixion. It helped me understand the incredible, passionate love that God has for each of us.
I had long grasped, in an abstract intellectual way, that being crucified would not be pleasant. However, I had never realized the intense agony that this form of execution represented. The book describes it all, from the agony in the garden where Jesus sweat blood, through the scourging, the crowning with thorns and mocking by the soldiers, the carrying of the cross, and finally, the crucifixion.
Reading the book was a deeply moving spiritual experience, but its not for everyone. It graphically describes Jesus' wounds, the probable ways in which they were inflicted, and their physiological effects. For some younger readers this may be too much, and just as bad, for others it may just seem like dramatized gore. Consequently, the readers who will benefit most from this book will be those who have experienced enough pain or serious injury to be able to grasp the grueling sufferings of the crucifixion, and who are open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
This book describes the nature and purpose of crucifixion, which was to slowly wring the life out of a person while inflicting maximal, steadily increasing pain. The feeling of helplessness and inevitability of doom are significant psychological factors that Satan would certainly have used to try to tempt Jesus. I cannot imagine anyone, without the grace of God, being able to withstand such treatment without utterly hating the ones who inflicted it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By NYJ on December 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"I should no more expect anatomical precision from a theologian or a paleographer than I should ask a doctor for a dogmatic definition or for an explanation of some exegetical or historical point. To speak the truth, it seems to me essential that we should collaborate, and that each one should tell what he knows." (pg. 150).

Dr. Barbet gives us a heart-rending account of the pain and suffering that Christ undertook on our behalf. In the book, Dr. Barbet begins with the Shroud (Chapter 1), speaks on crucifixion and what was know about this practice (Chapter 2 and 3) and ten launches into the sufferings of Christ based on what history tells us about the practice of crucifixion (Chapters 4 through 7). He then explains what archaeology and the Gospels tells us about the removal from the cross and the burial (Chapters 8 and 9). The last couple of chapters ten touch on a scientifically accurate crucifix (Chapter 10) and Dr. Barbets final thoughts (Chapter 11) followed by a meditation on the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ (Chapter 12).
Though the book was written in the 1940's, the science is good and widely accepted. Dr. Barbet does a good job of putting things in a layman's context so everyone (not just those with an understanding of human anatomy/physiology) can understand what had taken place. The book s written very formally, but that is really a product of the time and does not detract from the message this book conveys.
After reading this book, I have come to a deeper appreciation of the sufferings of Christ, and I imagine that most people who do read this book will come to a similar conclusion. For anyone wanting to come to a deeper appreciation of the Passion, I would highly recommend this book, and it would handsomely complement any Bible study of the Passion narratives, especially during the Lenten season.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Barbet examines the shroud of Turin through the eyes of a forensic pathologist. In this excellent book he details every trauma evident on the shroud, explains the probable means by which the trauma was inflicted, and corellates his findings with historical knowlege. At the end of this painstaking examination, he vividly recalls the passion and death of the Lord Jesus Christ in such a way that you will feel every lash at the scourging, the wicked shock of the cap of thorns as it's driven forcefully over the head, and the prolonged, gasping death by asphyxiation on the cross. This work is not intended to inspire or convert the reader, but it will provide a vivid appreciation of the macabre practice of crucifixion. Written originally in 1936, this work does not address many of the criticisms leveled at the authenticity of the shroud in recent years; yet after reading this, you will be less inclined to accept the naysayers cries of fraud.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2003
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I've read the Bible and of course I've recited the Apostle's Creed but until I read this book I never fully understood what crucifixion was. Dr. Barbet described in forensic detail what the body of a condemned man went through. He explains from history what the Romans commonly did to prisoners. For example, scourging wasn't just a beating.
Crucified victims died slowly, in agony from suffocation. I expected the book to be dry, it wasn't. I expected it to be interesting, it was fascinating. I read it once a year, usually during Lent and I am deeply moved by it each time.
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