What Is the Spear of Destiny?

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Spear of Destiny
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Holding a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) in theology from Christ Church at the University of Oxford, biblical researcher Dr. Antonio M. Wilson specializes in apocalyptic scripture and ancient writings. In addition to authoring the Behind the Faith book series, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson participates in archeological digs that seek to discover relics that help answer biblical questions. One example of these relics is the Spear of Destiny.

According to biblical scholars, the Spear of Destiny is the lance that pierced the side of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion. Accounts vary as to the providence and authenticity of the several lances purported to be the Spear of Destiny, which is also known as the Holy Spear, the Holy Lance, and the Lance of Longinus. Among these, a piece of the Spear of Destiny many claim to be the part that punctured Jesus’ skin is on display at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

Reference to the Spear of Destiny appears in the Gospel of John, wherein John describes Roman soldiers ensuring Jesus was dead by piercing his side with a lance. Biblical tradition says Longinus was the name of the solider that performed this act. The gospel goes on to describe that once Jesus’ side was pierced, blood and water flowed out of the wound.