It seems the programme makers must think they are being clever and thought provoking, or perhaps even challenging.
Some have complained that they are reinventing the crucifixion of Jesus. On their site they use high sounding language to justify their depiction of Jesus crucified with arms above, hanging in a foetal position, not on the traditional cross but on a “T” shaped thing.
The joke is that the programme bears the hallmarks of having been researched on Wikipedia. The problem with research is that people need enough knowledge to know where to look for sound information.
‘The Passion’ website refers to two pieces or research to justify their novel approach.
One of the pieces is a document from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine which merely states different crucifixion positions where know in the ancient world (duh, didn’t we know that already?).
The other document (Studia Antiqua) is lengthy, yet does not support their claim, saying on page 53 that
“..it is probable that most people crucified were attached to the cross with their arms outstretched in an upright position .”
Thus supporting the traditional depiction of Jesus crucified upright with arms outstretched. But get this, this report is from the ‘Mormon’ Brigham Young University in Utah, USA.
I was brought up as a Mormon so I am fully acquainted with some of their idiosyncratic and unorthodox beliefs. But what a joke! Didn’t the researchers know this!?
To be fair though, ‘The Passion’ site has not overlooked the fact that the life of Jesus fulfilled numerous Old Testament prophecies and predictions.
I will stick with the ancient documents and eye-witness accounts that have stood the test of time, which have survived unscathed from the ‘fine-tooth-comb’ examination they have been subjected to.