Crucified skeleton found near Jerusalem

The Romans were adept at crucifixion, according to many historical sources. The first archaeological evidence of crucifixion was uncovered in 1978 [1968; see comments] when an ossuary (bone box, or receptacle) was found north of Jerusalem containing the bones of a man who had been crucified. His name was “Yehohanan, the son of Hagakol.” He is thought to have been between 24 and 28 years of age, and was about 5 feet 6 inches in height.

Both the ossuary and a replica of the heel bone are displayed in the Israel Museum. When Yehohanan was removed from the cross the nail pulled away from the wood.

Ankle bone of a man crucified outside Jerusalem in Roman times. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Nail through the heel bone of a man crucified outside Jerusalem in Roman times. Display in Israel Museum. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

On Pentecost, Peter proclaimed the truth about Jesus. He said,

This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. (Acts 2:23 NIV)

No ossuary, or bones belonging to Jesus, have ever been found. The angel at the empty tomb of Jesus announced to the women who had gone to complete the burial,

He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. (Matthew 28:6 NET)

Rock tomb with rolling stone near Jezreel Valley. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Rock tomb with rolling stone near Jezreel Valley. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

SourceFlix has posted a nice brief video of Passion Week Archaeology here.

7 responses to “Crucified skeleton found near Jerusalem

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  2. Reblogged this on beliefspeak2 and commented:
    Often what Christians need to explain or demonstrate is “significance” or Biblical “relevance.” This is particularly true when it is about artifact discoveries. By example (and imperative to follow his example for all Christians[this too needs explaining definitively but this is not the subject of this post]) Paul was ready always to give a defense or a reasonable basis for the Christian faith. Peter also says: “be ready always to give a reason for the hope (here hope means-confident expectation) that is in you.”

    To show this artifact’s relevance we must look for how it relates to the accuracy of the Biblical text. As I have commented previously, from the beginning when humanity fell in Adam, the “curse on the serpent” provided the promise of deliverance through The One who would crush the enemy’s head and for the sake of humanity would have His heel pierced.

    Here is evidence of the Roman crucifixion practice of piercing the heel unlike what is often displayed by later artists of what Christ’s death was like. So this artifact is strong proof of the redemptive promise set forth from the foundation of the world.

  3. Thanks Ferrell for always sharing such interesting things, I really enjoy reading your blog…Liz Gonzalez

  4. Reblogged this on ἐκλεκτικός and commented:
    Vivid remains of crucifixion- via Ferrell Jenkins

  5. My oversight, Ted. Thanks for letting me know. My wife is often saying that I said left when I meant right. 🙂

  6. I think that discovery was 1968, not 1978

  7. I posted a picture of the rock tomb today also.

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