The Crucifixion of Jesus

The Crucifixion of Jesus

The Crucifixion of Jesus: A Medical Doctor Examines the Death and Resurrection of Christ

This ground-breaking work offers a unique apologetical argument for the validity of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Dr. Bergeron’s medical expertise allows him to examine the medical aspects of Jesus’ death and as well as the “hallucination hypothesis” which attempts to discount Jesus’ resurrection.

This book explores the following areas:

☩  Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God and the Messiah of Hebrew prophetic literature

☩  Evidence of the trustworthiness of the Gospels as reliable eyewitness testimony

☩  The social and political context leading up to Jesus’ execution

☩  Roman crucifixion practices in public executions

☩  Physiological mechanisms that ultimately led to Jesus’ death

☩  A medical analysis of hallucination hypotheses for the disciples’ belief in Jesus’ resurrection and the inability of hallucination to explain away the biblical accounts of Jesus’ resurrection.


“In the many years that I have been involved in criminal trials, I’ve interviewed and relied on expert witnesses to interpret evidence for a jury. These experts meticulously examined the known facts in our cases and helped our juries draw the proper inferences from the evidence. Joseph Bergeron, relying on his medical knowledge as a doctor, is an important expert witness who can help us interpret the evidence related to (1) Jesus’ death on the cross and (2) the claim that his disciples merely hallucinated the resurrection of Jesus. Dr. Bergeron’s book, The Crucifixion of Jesus: A Medical Doctor Examines the Death and Resurrection of Christ, provides readers with the expert testimony they’ll need to make a decision about the Resurrection and place their trust in Jesus Christ.”

– J. Warner Wallace – Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola, and Author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith

“… Dr. Bergeron delves chiefly into circumstances pertaining to the end of Jesus’ life, bringing his medical interests and expertise to bear on dozens of separate details… Altogether, Bergeron has presented a vast number of scholarly theses for consideration, making this a highly intriguing investigation.”

– Dr. Gary Habermas (from the Foreword)

“A fascinating description of a phenomenal event that is supported by historical records and forensic medical evidence. Dr. Bergeron effortlessly guides the reader through a time in history that allows one to understand how the crucifixion of Christ was a reality that can be explained by the data that has been collected in modern times.”

– Dr. T. Vivian Ishimaru-Tseng, M.D., board-certified psychiatrist

About the Author

Joseph W. Bergeron, M.D. has been a practicing physician for over 25 years.  He has authored peer-reviewed journal articles on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  His particular area of interest is in the medical aspects of Christ’s death and the disciples’ belief in his resurrection.  He also volunteers with Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance.

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The Crucifixion of Jesus

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