The Notre Dame of Jerusalem center
One of the locations for the magnificent views of Jerusalem’s Old City is a restaurant called the “Cheese and Wine Rooftop Restaurant”. It is located on the top floor of the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, which is just a few steps away from the Old City’s New Gate.
Sunset View of the jerusalem skyline
The breathtaking, sunset view from the Cheese and Wine Rooftop Restaurant, which has an open area for dining.
the notre dame of jerusalem center
This center, built in 1904, provides comfortable and stylish rooms and suites in this historical building.
who invented the idea of crucifixion?
why does the shroud have only four fingers imprinted on it?
One of the instruments of torture is the nail. Both palms were nailed on the wood. The illustration said: “The nails of crucifixion perforated the wrists in the space between the bones of the carpus, injuring the median nerve. Besides provoking atrocious pain, this would have caused the thumb to be bent over inside the palm, which explains why only four fingers left an imprint.”
nailed and asphyxia on the wood
Crucifixion is the cruelest torture-instrument in past history. It was invented in order to torture the crucified person for as long as possible. Therefore, per the illustration, it says: “To avoid asphyxiation, the crucified man had to continually lift himself up to breathe by pushing on the nail in the feet and pulling on the nails in the wrists. Thus, the breaking of a crucified man’s legs brought on a rapid death by asphyxia since he was no longer able to push himself up.”
The Roman scourge whip was made of two or three leather thongs or ropes which were knotted with a number of small pieces of metal, bronze, and/or bones. Scourging would quickly remove the skin. Torn flesh, muscles, and excessive bleeding would leave the crucified person “half-dead.”
crown of thorns
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31
crucifixion results in death
- The nature of his injuries, causing excessive bleeding
- The result of crucifixion, causing asphyxiation
- Blood and water, which came out when the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side, testifies as medical evidence that Jesus had already died.
- A highly-trained Roman executioner examined him, found that he was already dead, and did not break his legs (John 19:33).
- Pontius Pilate allowed Joseph to bury Jesus’ body (Mark 15:44, 45).
- Based on the Jewish tradition, Jesus’ body was wrapped with over a hundred pounds of spices, and placed in a tomb. A sealed stone, which weighed over 440 pounds, was placed over the entrance to the tomb.
John 19:31-37 Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35 (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) 36 These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled (Psalm 34:20), “None of his bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” (Zechariah 12:10).
This is the 1st century empty tomb with rolling stone located on the road in between Mount Carmel to Megiddo.
*Photo was contributed by Wendy Choy.
john 19:38-42 the burial of jesus
is there any outside evidence to prove that jesus did exist?
According to the Jewish historian Josephus’ “The Jewish Antiquities 18.3.3 §63-64”, Josephus said that “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.”
– Jewish Antiquities, 18.3.3 §63-64
(Based on the translation of Louis H. Feldman, The Loeb Classical Library.) “