This is a continuation of a conversation that started in this thread: https://www.interfaith.org/community/threads/20095/ To @badger, I apologize for bogging down your writing thread with my discussion. I am aware that one can be saved from crucifixion before death. It's someone coming back 3 days after they died that I am skeptical of. Personally, I doubt that there is any truth to that part of the story. I don't think it references any natural phenomenon. I think it's more likely to be an element of later folklore, probably exaggerating Jesus going into Heaven since the earliest account of a supposed resurrection was written several decades after Jesus died (by an anonymous author who likely never met him) and that sort of exaggeration is common with orally transmitted legends. An exaggeration of legend seems, to me, certainly more plausible than someone coming back from the dead or any of the other proposed naturalistic explanations. For instance, Jesus was not saved from the cross by anyone in any account. On the contrary, he is consistently portrayed to have died on the cross and to have had his side pierced by a spear to prove it. I don't think he would have survived such a crucifixion.