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Monday, June 13, 2005

Did Jesus die of a blood clot?

An Israeli researcher is now arguing that Jesus died not from blood loss on the cross but from a blood clot.

There is of course no dogmatic teaching on Jesus' death other than the teaching that Jesus did indeed die on the Cross and rose again. So such medical theories are interesting but not really important for our faith beliefs. What is far more important is what Jesus' death means for us - freedom from slavery to sin and the establishment of a new covenant in his blood.

Still, such medical examination can serve a useful purpose in reminding us that Jesus was truly human and lived life as a human being in all its fullness while retaining all the fullness of his divinity.


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