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Crucified man, drawing

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Nail piercing feet of a crucified man

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Reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus

at the time of Jesus

Crucifixion, by Matthias Grunewald, detail of crucified feet

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The route to Calvary 

Route to Calvary

Aerial view of Jerusalem showing the site of the Temple

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   Painting of Jesus and the two thieves

Christ is nailed to the cross, Book of Hours, Duc de Berry

In an apparently unique passage in the French version of Jean de Berry’s Meditations, God the Father warned Christ that, since Adam had reached his arm out to pluck the apple from the tree, Jesus must redeem Adam's action by being stretched upon the cross and attached with three nails, ”rough, badly forged, and blunt at the end.” Such a nail lies waiting on the ground beside Jesus, as another is being hammered into his feet.

Christ looks up steadfastly at the nightmarish form of the Devil, hovering with outstretched claws in hope that redemption may yet fail.

A small detail: see a drawing of an unpainted crown of thorns visible on the ground.

 Jesus of Nazareth is nailed to the cross, Duc de Berry Book of Hours


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Bible Study Guide: Paintings of Jesus nailed to the cross, with two thieves on either side, Les Belles Heures, Duc du Barry

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