In this article we will be taking a look at the facts surrounding one of the most controversial artifacts of all time – the Shroud of Turin
Is this really a holy relic related directly to Jesus or is it nothing more than a mind-bending ingenious hoax?
Welcome to the Shroud of Turin mystery…
What is The Shroud of Turin?
The Shroud of Turin is an ancient cloth made of linen that shows the image of a crucified man. This unfortunate guy bares a canny resemblance to Jesus of Nazareth.
Both sides of the crucified victim are shown on the cloth – the head lies in the middle of the cloth. The man’s hands have been crossed and the knees are bent slightly.
The cloth is also saturated in a fair amount of blood, which seems to be concentrated to the areas of the nail marks on the hands and feet.
But why are so many people convinced that this is the cloth that was used to wrap the body of Jesus?
The Negative 1988 Results
In 1988 a specialized team of experts took some samples of the shroud and dated them using a radiocarbon process. They came to the conclusion that the artifact was dated at 1260-1390 A.D.
Of course, this meant that the shroud was nothing more than a hoax…but an incredibly clever hoax that was constructed in medieval times!
It is well documented that the Shroud was damaged by a fire in the 1200’s – it was saved from complete destruction by a group of nuns (who were supposed to be protecting it!).
Anyway, it’s now thought that the negative results were flawed – the experts were simply testing bits of the shroud that were repaired by the nuns.
A more recent, similar test, shows us that the shroud is actually dated from 300 B.C. to 400 A.D. – coincidence?
Over the centuries, numerous skeptics have pointed out that the blood was painted onto the cloth, along with the image.
This is apparently not the case.
It has recently been confirmed that the blood and image have separate origins – experts believe that the blood actually appeared on the cloth before the image started shining through!
It is authentic Type AB blood.
Again, many skeptics have tried to convince the public that the image was actually a painting…
Again, this is not the case.
The image itself only sits a couple of fibers deep and is actually a photographic negative – it is therefore three-dimensional.
With a large majority of religious art depicting the crucifixion of Jesus, you will see the nails being hammered through his hands, although this is not the way crucifixions would have transpired.
The nail wounds on the shroud are in exactly the right place – the lower part of the hand into the wrist.
One of the oldest Byzantine religious depictions of Jesus, the Christ Pantocrator of St. Catharine’s Monastery at Sinai, seems to match up perfectly with the face that has been left on the shroud of Turin.
This painted image dates back to the 6th century.
I find this the most intriguing fact about the shroud – the x-ray that is found of the victim’s teeth and fingers.
When examined closely, you will notice small square shapes in the man’s mouth, along with elongated fingers. This is down to the teeth and hands being x-rayed at some (ancient) point in time.
Of course, we didn’t have anything close to x-ray machinery back then – so how did this happen?
It has been theorized that the resurrection of Jesus caused this x-ray effect – a large burst of radiation shot from his body when he was going through the resurrection process.
A special group of experts put together by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre tried in vain to measure the power that was needed to produce this kind of x-ray effect…but all of their measuring devices either malfunctioned or ceased to work completely!
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