It is believed that the weight of the cross that Jesus carried to his crucifixion was over 300 pounds. The horizontal bar known as the patibulum had a weight of between 75 and 125 pounds. Some believe that this is the only part of the cross that was carried.
The patibulum would have been carried by Jesus by placing it across the bottom of the neck and balancing it on both of his shoulders. The belief that Jesus only carried the patibulum is due to the fact that the vertical bar, or the stipes, was fixed permanently to the ground at the crucifixion site.Learn More
In the Bible, Jesus himself never promises that a person's life lasts threescore and ten, or 70 years. However, Psalm 90:10 does make a reference to that period of time, saying, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten."Full Answer >
It is believed that Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. In Matthew 3:13, it is stated that "Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John."Full Answer >
Even though there are legends about what kind of wood the cross that Jesus was crucified on was made from, it is unknown what kind of wood was used to make Jesus' cross. A popular legend claims that dogwood was used, but this has not been proven.Full Answer >
The person who helped Jesus carry his cross is said to be Simon of Cyrene. He is mentioned doing this in the Synoptic Gospels and the Fifth Station of the Stations of the Cross.Full Answer >