Pierre Barber, M.D. | Hardcover
1995 1197

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What the Gospels don't reveal about Christ's sufferings, science does.

Pope Pius XII listened to the medical explanation of Christ's sufferings on the Cross and went pale with grief: "We did not know; no one ever told us that."What so moved the Pope were the results of a renowned surgeon's unprecedented research into the physical sufferings of Our Lord, about which the Gospels reveal only the barest essentials. Collecting his findings in this mind-opening book, Dr. Pierre Barbet relied heavily on his close analysis of the Holy Shroud of Turin to re-create every stage of the Passion with heart-rending precision and detail. The result: a minor classic of spirituality by a modern layman. For Lenten meditation, this volume is unsurpassed. For example:

  • The painful hemorrhaging phenomenon which corresponds to Jesus' sweating "drops of blood" - and renders the skin more susceptible to pain
  • The "flagrum" used for scourging: designed to inflict deep wounds
  • 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 - cutting into Our Lord's head in every part. How we know the thorns were particularly long and sharp
  • Did Christ merely drag the Cross to Calvary, as artists 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
  • How the descent from the Cross differed from its depiction by nearly all artists
  • Why Our Lord's violent thirst? Why the nailing to the Cross is one of the most terrible ways of torture a human can suffer
  • The determining cause of Our Lord's death: asphyxia, after prolonged struggle. What it would have been like

Dr. Barbet was a devout Catholic who knew the spiritual value of his findings - and he encouraged priests to use them in homilies: "It is largely with a view to these clerics that I have wished to divulge my ideas, so that they may nourish their devotion to Jesus."

"Then therefore Pilate took Jesus and scourged him." (John 19:1)

What the Gospels merely mention, Barbet describes in detail, based on hard evidence.

SKU/ISBN: 9780912141046 Author: Pierre Barber, M.D. Publisher: Roman Catholic Books
A Doctor at Calvary
1995 1197

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