[quote=Melanie01]I have been given to understand the crosspiece weighed about 50 kgs or 100 lbs and His arms were tied to the cross piece so when He fell he could not break the fall as such and getting up without the use of His arms added to the degradation of the Passion.
The legs of His co crucified were broken to hasten their deaths and they would have died within minutes, hopefully they had sipped the sponges dipped in gall and easal (is that correct spelling) which had some anaesthetic properties although Jesus refused this sop.
I imagine the flies also would have been thick about Our Saviour due to the flogging .
That is the reason for the wedge shaped footrest, to help support your weight. There are historical accounts of crucifixes with a small seat, you were not meant to die quickly. You were on that cross as an object lesson to others. As to the breaking of the legs remember it was Passover and the Jews wanted the three in the ground. The gall and sour wine, it was a narcotic. Hasn’t anyone ever wondered why a jar of sour wine was at the site? Gall’s another matter, I’ve read a document that claims it was made from boiled Mandrake root. Anyway sour wine and gall were indeed used by the Roman army, as an anaesthetic for battle wounds. Offering it wasn’t an act of cruelty, more an act of mercy. One last thing, Pilate, he was crucifictions #1 fan. He was recalled to Rome twice before when he was Governor of other provences. Many historians think the only thing that saved him on the third recall was Tiberias died before Pilate arrived. Many believe Tibetias had his fill of this clown, Sejanus nonwithstanding, Pilate was gonna’ die. Ban