How is it that the Church can accept private revelations which say that Jesus received 5,115 blows during the Scourging, when Roman Law limited the scourges to 40 or even 39? The Mystical City of God says this is the number of blows He received during the Scourging.
Even if you were to count each individual stripe that the Roman flagrum had as separate blows, for instance, if it normally had 3 stripes with a little metal dumbbell attached, even this would be 3x40=120 scourges. Even if you wanted to make it 5 or 6 stripes per flagrum, it would still be 300 and 360 respectively, nowhere near 5,115.
And if you were to suppose Roman Law was set aside in the case of Our Lord, would not that have been mentioned in the Gospels to show how much more brutally they treated Him?
Those of Anne Catherine Emmerich, which i deem unreliable because they were tampered with by Clemens Brentano, say that the Scourging took 45 minutes, which would also make the total number of scourges in the thousands, not 40.
As a side note, does anyone else believe that the Scourging as portrayed in Mel Gibson's movie is inaccurate? I mean the multi-headed claw-shaped flagrum. I have seen pictures of actual flagrums and they were dumbbell-shaped like i mentioned, not claw-shaped. This is also what is seen in the Shroud of Turin, dumbbell-shaped marks. I believe these claw-shaped ones would have attached themselves to bones all over and would have broken them, they're too deadly.