Was Jesus naked on the cross? Yes, according to Michelangelo, the Bible, and Roman customs

By Rev. Clinton Chisholm
Naked Jesus credited by many to Michelangelo | Courtesy of Wikipedia
WISCONSIN - Our Lord Jesus Christ was, in all likelihood, naked on the cross. Christian art and the Church will not face it readily, so you won't see crucifixion pictures of Jesus with exposed penis, though in all likelihood, following Roman custom, he would have been crucified naked. [link]

Let's probe this radical idea a bit by checking John 19:23 in a few versions in light of the original Greek text. 23 "Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout." In the Greek text, the first clothing word in verse 23 is himatia (outer garments), the second clothing word is chitona (inner garment, worn next to the skin) the full phrase is, contrary to the NIV, and/also his chitona (Greek: kai ton chitona), so the soldiers took our Lord's outer garments and as well his inner garment, thus leaving him naked on the cross.


Anonymous said…
Of course he was, but also of course Christian conservatism has hidden this truth but I think this makes an even bolder statement about the horror of the crucifixion. Thanks for uncovering this. I had not heard this before.

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