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The Crucifixion of Jesus, Completely Revised and Expanded: A Forensic Inquiry Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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In the first half, to better understand the trauma of crucifixion, Zugibe takes us step by step through the agony in the garden to the death on the cross. He explains in painful detail what it would be like, having nails driven through nerves in the hand, thorn wounds in the head, etc. He also refutes common beliefs of the effects of crucifixion with scientific fact and testing. This part of the book reads very much like a medical report. He offers multiple hypotheses and refutes or proves his points. He lays out how he did his experiments so they could be clearly repeated.
The second half gives us history of the shroud of Turin, an in depth look at the research conducted over the past couple decades, as well as background into minute details such as the washing of a dead body for burial in first century Jewish custom. Zugibe takes us into the the very fine details of how the shroud would have been used and the body prepared.
The only criticism I would give this book (and I'm not sure it really is a criticism) is that it contains TOO much detail. I found myself inundated with information and it takes quite a bit of time to digest all of the details given to you. This is by no means a light read.
However, I have to give this book high praise. Zugibe was a medical examiner for 35+ years before he wrote this book. He clearly knows what he writing about and sets the record straight with his experience and with experimental proofs.
I highly enjoyed the book and learned a lot from my studies of it this Lent. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in more in depth study of the crucifixion, to the point of a "CSI" or court room detailed depiction of events.