Jesus is Mocked by Roman Soldiers, Scourged and Crowned with Thorns
Sayla Tree with Long Thorns at Serabit el-Khadim Temple
After a severe beating, soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head to mock him (John 19:2). Although the specific tree of the thorn branch is not known, this is a typical thorn branch found in Israel, which could very well be used for his crown. Small pointy thorns could easily pierce into Jesus' brow and caused extra bleeding on top of flogging.
27Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.