Being a firm beliver in Ockham’s Razor and this being the Easter Season and all, here’s an hypothesis that I can’t recall anyone ever proposing before:
a) Although with modern medicine it has become considerably less frequent, medical literature/history is repleat with instances where persons have been delcared dead, only to revive in the morgue (best-case scenario) or their coffin (bummer). Don’t ask me to provide references; I don’t want Google to get any ideas about subscription-based business models.
b) Jesus supposedly had suffered several flesh wounds that presumably caused a large blood loss.
c) Death by Crucifixion, even without additional blood loss is tremendously physically exhausting (or so I have heard) and that death actually results from the inability to continue breathing (asphyxic… hey, can we please get a spell check module here?)
Given the above, isn’t it entirely possible, or even probable, that the charismatic person known today as “Jesus” only passed out/lost consciousness/fainted/etc., and since Golgotha CSI wasn’t around to set the record straight, he was hastily and erroniously declared dead and whisked off by (the) Disciples or whomever, that had a vested interest in seeing him survive? Perhaps they even knew he was still alive (maybe he winked at Mary) and said things like, “Yeah, he was up there (how many?) hours, and nobody has ever made it that long before, he’s gotta be dead.” to distract the rest of the mob that would otherwise have finished the job. (The shock of the blood loss could also have caused his body to go into a “survival” mode, slowing bodily functions such as blood circulation and respiration, allowing him to “last longer” than those malfactors.) So, everyone in the know went along with the ruse and Jesus winds up on a slab in the tomb with perhaps some frankincense and a little ventilator shaft out the back. Saturday, they all work out the Resurrection script and Sunday Jesus cops a David Copperfield/ bin Laden maneuver.
Since I have been living in my own cave for many years and have not read the screenplay of M. Gibsons “TPOTC”, perhaps this theory has already been advanced/discussed/proved/disproved/whatever. Guess I should have checked Great Debates first, rats! Of course, the Bible says a lot of incredulous stuff about this (and other topics) but we all know how any verbal history can get distorted through the years and even written history has a way of reflecting the bias and agendae of the writer. Anyway, hoping this is not considered blasphemous, I put this forward as an intellectual topic for discussion (no hate mail please) and that the Creator will not take vengence on me for blowing the whistle on His clever litt