While Jesus was on the cross, Joseph made arrangements for an unidentified man to give Jesus a drink that had been drugged. As a result, Jesus slipped quickly into a state of unconsciousness, which made him appear dead. Nonetheless, Jesus was in a very serious condition when he was removed from the cross, especially complicated by John’s report of the spear wound in his chest.^5 On Saturday, Jesus’ body was

1 Hugh Schonfield, The Passover Plot(New York: Bantam Books, 1965).

2 Ibid., pp. 37–38.

3 Ibid., pp. 112–115.