Just a technical point about the image of the hand with a bandaid on it. The crucifixion nails would not have been put through the palm of the hand. In such a placement, the nail would have torn the flesh of the hand right through because of the weight of the body, so the nail would not have held the body to the cross.

The crucifixion nails had to be put just below the wrist, between the radius and the ulnar (the two bones of the forearm). That meant the nail would go right into the radial nerve, which would have caused excruciating pain to the victim.

A bandaid on the palm gives completely the wrong impression. So do all those paintings which fancifully depict the nails going through the palms or post-resurrection wounds/scars in the palms.

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This article on wound healing article explores the analogy between healing from abuse and the nursing expertise involved in healing pressure ulcers (bed sores). a guest post at my blog:


(I may have sent you this link before, Aaron, I can’t remember… please forgive me if I’m repeating myself.)

I believe i am suffering from the spiritual and emotional equivalent of a stage four pressure ulcer, due to the longstanding abuses I have suffered from many sources, including *abuse advocates* in the Christian community.

You may find the would healing article of use in your counseling practice Aaron. And it may help your writing too.

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Wow, a lot to contemplate here, Aaron. I have thought a lot about the scars of Jesus in his resurrection body. So powerful. Such testimony they bear. I love this connection with temple and typology. Thank you.

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