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Crucifixion Pax Tablet,

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Crucifixion

“Crucifixion” Pax Tablet, Italian master, brass, c. 1550-1650.

The relief depicts Christ who hangs on the cross, dominating the center, and above his head is a banner that reads “INRI,” the acronym for the Latin phrase, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” On either side stand a haloed female figure with a head covering, her head bowed and her hands clasped in prayer and a haloed male figure gazing up at Jesus with his left hand raised. They most likely represent the Virgin Mary (on the right) and John the Evangelist (on the left), as they were often included in depictions of the Crucifixion. In his Gospel John describes the Crucifixion, saying, “…Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby.” “The disciple that Christ loved” has been identified as John the Evangelist, which explains his frequent presence in images of the Crucifixion.     

Question: What happened in medical terms at the Crucifixion?

Answer: A trauma surgeon explains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-EVfxABSoU