Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, Latin "V" is pronounced as in English "van"; for example: vocem = [v]ocem. This practice did not arise until several centuries later. First century Latin writer Quintilian wrote that the sound of V was equivalent to the Greek letter "digamma," which was pronounced [w]; thus [w]ocem would have been the pronunciation at the time.
Corrected entry: When Jesus is thirsty on the cross, a Roman soldier puts a sponge on the end of a spear and holds it up to him. Notice when he forces the sponge on the spear it goes right through and comes out the other side. However, when it is by Jesus' mouth it is just about held on at the end, and we never saw the soldier change its position.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Mary the mother of Jesus cleans with white clothes the copious blood spread on the Pretorium is peculiarly red showing no traces of the normal biological process of coagulation and condensation in that season of the year (pesach or Jewish Easter) as shown in Lee White's hematology tests. No coagulation can be seen in the scene despite the amount of blood.
Corrected entry: During this film's run, there were reports from around the world of people suffering heart attacks and dying in cinemas from the shock of viewing this film.
Corrected entry: Even though the film was banned in Kuwait and Bahrain for religious reasons, it was surprisingly allowed in some other Arab countries (Egypt, Lebanon, etc.) which would have also banned it for similar religious objections. Some have speculated that these countries hypocritically permitted the film to be shown, because they can use it as propaganda to encourage more anti-Semitic/anti-Israeli sentiment among Arabs because of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Corrected entry: Ruling out divine intervention, the scourging Jesus receives would not have been survivable. The beating with the roads and whips could be survived. However the whips embedded with sharp pieces of metal were used for executions, usually for soldiers who had deserted. After about 20 strokes so much skin and muscle would be torn off the back that the internal organs would be exposed. In addition, there is an enormous amount of blood left on the ground. That amount of blood loss would have been fatal. Death would follow swiftly.
Corrected entry: Condemned prisoners were crucified naked by the Romans as a final act of public humiliation. Given that it is an 18 cert movie, why would the director skip past this well known fact?
Corrected entry: The Latin used by the Roman characters contains linguistic features that did not yet exist in AD 30 or thereabouts. For example, Pilate's pronunciation of the word VOCEM "voice" as "vochem" is improbable, given that C was pronounced as "k" at the time he lived. The so-called "softening" of C did not begin until much later.
Corrected entry: Very few Roman soldiers were in Jerusalem, and rather were local conscripts who would have spoken one of the local dialects, Mishnaic Hebrew or, based on funerary evidence, Greek. Similarly Pilate and the chief priest Caiaphas would have communicated in Greek, not Latin. This is an obvious deliberate error.
Corrected entry: Jesus is arrested in the garden at night and immediately brought before the Jewish high priests for a trial during the feast of Passover. However, Jewish law prohibited trials from starting at night and prohibited any trials from taking place during the feast of Passover. A trial during the sacred feast of Passover would be equivalent to an American court holding a trial on July 4. That would never happen.
Corrected entry: The chosen method of Christ's death is problematic from a historical viewpoint. If Christ was convicted of blasphemy as shown in the film he would either have been stoned or thrown off a high wall. This was the Jewish punishment for blasphemy and was a fate that Jesus' brother or cousin James was to suffer some years later. Crucifixion was a Roman punishment specifically for treason. It was a highly public and particularly terrible death to demonstrate the fate of enemies of Rome.
Corrected entry: The scene at the end of the crucifixion where Jesus' body is taken from the cross and handed over to his family is, historically, very improbable. The whole point of crucifixion was that it was a public event to demonstrate the punishment for enemies of Rome. The body was left on the cross until it rotted away or was carried away by animals. Anyone caught removing a crucified body was likely to be crucified themselves. This is the reason that very few crucified bodies from Roman times have been found by archaeologists.
Corrected entry: Throughout the film Roman soldiers are shown with undeveloped flabby arms. This would have been impossible at a time when the Roman military was composed of warriors who trained constantly with double weight weapons and who were worked the rest of the time to maintain discipline.