Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Christ with the crown of thorns, 1623, Oil on canvas, 106 cm x 136 cm, Catharijneconvent, UtrechtThe Passion is the theological term used for the sufferings of Christ, especially in the agony of the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. (see crucifixion). The Crucifixion is an event central to Christian beliefs.

The etymological origins of the word lie in the Christian Latin passus, (stemming from pati, patior- to suffer) and first appearing in the 2nd century precisely to describe the travails and suffering of Jesus in this present context. The word passion has since taken on a more general application. The term the Agony of Jesus is sometimes used alternately, although is generally more specifically applied to Jesus' agony of mind while praying before his arrest: the Agony in the Garden [of Gethsemane].

Those parts of the four Gospels that describe these events are known as The "Passion narratives". The non-canonical Gospel of Peter is also a Passion narrative.


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