26/11/2005

Prison cave

 

Beneath the church are a series of carved-out chambers from the Second Temple period. Since Catholic tradition positions the palace of Caiaphas on this very site, it logically follows that Jesus may have been imprisoned in one of these very same underground crypts. Jesus was taken to the torture chamber.  There is no other name for the place that fits the setting.  It is a room, hewn in the rocks.  Pillars of stone were not hewn away so that they can support the buildings above.  Holes were bored through both the vertical columns and the lintel above so that each arm can be secured from the roof and each leg stretched out sideways and attached to the pillars.   The prisoner is suspended in the air and every part of his body is available for the whip of the questioners.  They beat him, questioned him, tortured him and threw him into a nearby pit.  The pit too is a form of torture.  There is only one entrance, from above.  It is nearly twenty feet deep.  It was probably first used as a cistern and is usually subject to dampness.  It was filthy and probably had several inches of water on the floor.  Jesus was beaten, bleeding, and weary, in great pain and there was no place to sit except in the muddy water in the bottom of a pit.   

 

 


 

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