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Where were Jesus' hands nailed?

Q. Is it true that when Christ was nailed to the cross, the nails were actually driven through his wrists rather than his hands?

A. Most traditional sacred art depicting the Crucifixion locates the nails in the palms of Our Lord’s hands. But the weight of Christ’s precious body would have torn the hands from the nails if they were in fact pierced in the palms. So we must assume that when our Lord was crucified, the nails were driven through his wrists instead, unless perhaps his arms were bound to the crossbeam by ropes as well to support His weight.

Even so, when speaking of the “wrists” in this context, we must understand the term to refer, not to what is popularly known today as the “wrist” (where wristwatches are worn), but rather to what is called the “anatomical wrist.” This is the area between the first and second row of carpal bones in the heel of the hand. The ligaments that join these bones are much stronger than those that join the bones of the palm, so they would be better able to support the weight of the victim’s body hanging from the cross.

Jesus’ reference to His wounded “hands” (John 20:27) is a matter of biblical translation. The Greek word translated here as “hand” (cheir) can actually refer to anything below the mid-forearm. For example, Acts 12:7 uses this same Greek word to tell