One other example of the swoon theory in popular literature is Donovan Joyce’s The Jesus Scroll.^11 The thesis of this book, which contains an even more incredible string of improbabilities than Schonfield’s, will be left for a later section of this chapter. However, Joyce’s account of the swoon theory is discussed here.

For Joyce, Jesus was also planning his escape from death on the cross. Accordingly, he was drugged and the Roman soldiers did not examine Jesus too closely, perhaps because they had been bribed. Neither did they stab him in the side with a spear in order to insure his death. As a result, Jesus did not die on the cross. Rather, he was resuscitated in the tomb, apparently by a doctor who had been concealed inside ahead of time.^12