Questions for Bible study groups
- Scroll down the page, to choose the painting of the Passion that appeals to you most.
- Which painting, in your opinion, captures the actual event best? Why do you think this?
- Does your choice tell you anything about your own thoughts and beliefs about the Passion of Jesus?
In brief: Scourging was both a punishment in itself and a preliminary to crucifixion. The beating Jesus endured seems to have been unusually severe, and probably contributed to his physical collapse on the way to Golgotha – he needed help from Simon of Cyrene. He also died more quickly than usual – crucified men often lived on in agony for several days.