(Book review) The Execution of Jesus the Christ: The Medical Cause of Our Lord’s Death during His Illegal Execution

Reviewed by: Olivia Lauritzen, a professional writing major at Taylor University



Title: The Execution of Jesus the Christ: The Medical Cause of Our Lord’s Death during His Illegal Execution

Author: Mark J. Kubala, MD, FAANS, FACS

Publisher: WestBow Press

Publication Date: March 6, 2017

Format: Print Book

Length: 132 pages


In this book, Dr. Kubala has done what many Bible study books fail to do – he has succinctly laid out the passion week, detailing the political and historical events, as well as the medical circumstances leading up to the death of Christ. Well-ordered and written clearly for any reader, this book serves as a companion to the reading of scriptural accounts of the crucifixion. By offering a physician’s insights on the body’s reactions to severe beatings, torture, body wounds, thirst, starvation, and exposure, this text amplifies the intensity of the Savior’s sacrifice.  Although this book does provide medical references and scientific knowledge, the material is explained in layperson’s language and with comparisons and examples that nonmedical personnel can comprehend and appreciate. By organizing the reports recorded by eyewitnesses to the crucifixion (certain disciples) and later research done by followers of Christ (Luke), Dr. Kubala is able to piece together the ordeal of the imprisonment, abuse, and ultimate execution of Jesus. Portions of the text can be emotionally painful to perceive, yet the sensitivity the book brings to the reader only magnifies a believer’s gratitude to the Lord.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Pastors, small group leaders, anyone studying the Passion Week

Christian Impact

Clearly explains and lays out what the Passion Week was to Christ, what He suffered through, and how He fulfilled prophecy.

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