The Shroud of Turin Mystery

The Shroud of Turin Mystery

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.

What is The Shroud of Turin?

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?

The Blood

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.

The Image

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.

The Wounds

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.

religious art depicting the crucifixion of Jesus

Facial Recognition

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.

The Resurrection 

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!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Shroud of Turin mystery, please leave them in the comment section below.

18 comments on “The Shroud of Turin Mystery

  1. There are no contemporary paintings of Jesus the actual person, and no clear descriptions of him either ( ).

    Considering the culture he was part of, the depictions of him as being largely Anglo-Saxon show an awful lot of wishful thinking. And in the old paintings, he’s always inexplicably making weird gestures with his hands.

    If you have 3 hours to spare, the TV series “Jesus: The Evidence” is very enlightening. It shows how much of the Christian religion has been manufactured by men for specific reasons. The biblical scholars don’t even know who wrote the gospels, which were written many decades after the events in them. It certainly wasn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.

    In view of how inauthentic most of the Christian religion is, methinks this Shroud Of Turin is just more of the same misinformation.

    Blessed are the cheesemakers!

      1. Only another Python fan would know that line!

        Well, obviously, this is not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products. 🙂

        1. Oh definitely – they’re very popular in Wales due to Terry Jones being Welsh (the one who plays Brian’s mother!)…

          “he’s not the messiah he’s a very naughty boy”

          1. Terry was also Sir Bedivere in the Holy Grail movie as you almost certainly know.
            “Look, if we built this large wooden badger….”. 🙂

    1. None of your statements are supported by actual evidence. I have published 32 books on the facts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We have greater evidence for the historical Jesus than any other event of antiquity.

  2. Blood does not drip or flow in uniformed curly-Q tendrils. Blood will also not drip or flow from a dead body that has been dehydrating on the cross for a few days. The fact that AB blood was found doesn’t mean anything other than someone, once upon a time, left it on the “shroud”. This is not the face of Jesus. It is Cesare Borgia, son of “Pope Alexander VI, brother of Lucrezia, and therefore a commissioned work of art, plain and simply said. No magic, no miracle. Just because the Catholic church deems it such does not put any credence into the claim whatsoever. It’s exactly like the photo’s of Jesus standing on a cloud taken from an airplane window, of Big Foot and Elvis working at a Kalamazoo, Michigan 7-11. BS.

    1. Janet,
      If this was a commissioned work of art, how do you propose the x ray image effect was produced? Cesare Borgia died in 1507, long before that machinery was invented. Furthermore, the inaccurate dating of the shroud places it at 1390 A.D., before Borgia’s birth, at the latest. It was later found to be much older. I agree that normal human blood does not “flow in uniformed curly-Q tendrils,” but if this is truly the blood of Jesus, would you expect it to behave within the confines of human physics?

    2. I’ll believe the Roman Catholic Church before I believe Janet Horwith. ” Just because the Catholic church deems it [a miracle].” The Church never said it was a miracle.

      And Jesus did not dehydrate on the cross for several days. That’s another lie atheists put out there to discredit the shroud. Jesus was taken down from the cross soon after he died and his wounds were still fresh. He bled first and the elaborate photographic negative image is on top of the blood.

      And it’s has been thoroughly proven the image is not a painting … and is not made from any kind of paint … and can’t be made by paint. So that’s another lie of yours.

      It’s not exactly like the photos of Jesus, Elvis, and Big Foot. That’s another lie.

  3. If the shroud was used to wrap Jesus, wouldn’t it just be stained all over the place with blood and bodily fluids, not a perfect image of him?

    1. The image itself is not made of blood, it’s photographic. I’m not sure how much it would take to get that on a thin piece of linen; but I CAN tell you that you’ll still find negatives of people who were in front of walls when the bomb went off in Hiroshima. So a similar effect does make sense. The blood is incidental really, and I’m not sure why anyone thinks it necessarily had to flow … consider, there was a bit of a storm? The cloth would have clung. Among other things though, it would have had to have come OUT of the body within.

      Can you think of a person who has died in the past who wound up wandering around glowing and on fire? There were a couple, but not many. Moreover, Peter wrote his Apocalypse when he himself was 300 years old, having died quite a few times but having been replaced by the body of Christ to suffer it, repeatedly. He didn’t understand but he did try to tell about it. He also said that the full number of saints had been completed, and they were off to leave us behind. So … there’s that.

      Point is; Go ahead and try to figure out the human hands that write. It is silly and does not profit you Anything. The Word itself does. So Listen to the Word. Jesus is Jesus, and is not even missing. But This is Not His Kingdom. He said so. Go to His Kingdom, knock on the door patiently, and wait in solitude. He Will answer. And you will be taught by Jesus Christ himself, all things. There is no need to wonder.

      And that hand symbol? It is the noting of the Father and the Son, in heaven. The other hand points down, but with one finger. Otherwise, it is offering a heart, with a ring of thorns around it, and glowing and beautiful. This is His heart. But the Man on the Cross was not Jesus Christ; but rather Jesus son of Joseph, a body. Jesus, the Christ, was Freed that day and sat upon the trees with joy. And it was seen. But not by those the Church will hear. And so they remain blind and searching. Let them alone, for now, as it were, for a little moment. And they will find, what it is they seek.

  4. Medieval repair hypothesis has been refuted and is generally considered bollocks. It’s still believed to have been created in the middle ages.

    “In 1988, three radiocarbon dating tests dated a corner piece of the shroud from the Middle Ages, between the years 1260 and 1390. Some shroud researchers have challenged the dating, arguing the results were skewed by the introduction of material from the Middle Ages to the portion of the shroud used for radiocarbon dating. However, all of the hypotheses used to challenge the radiocarbon dating have been scientifically refuted, including the medieval repair hypothesis, the bio-contamination hypothesis and the carbon monoxide hypothesis.”

    1. Sorry for the delay in posting this Eric, we seem to have had a mix up in the comment section of our site! You are now published for the whole world to see!!!
      P.S. Thanks for leaving your opinion with us.

    2. A big defender of the original 1988 carbon dating and an atheist, Ray Rogers, a chemist who was on the original Shroud Committee from Los Almos Laboratories, later examined some of the left over material that had not been dated from the shroud that he still had, and noted that actually did contain two different types of fibers. He knew this was not consistent with the main body of the linen clothe since he had examined the original shroud in person. Because of that, he conducted another dating of the left over material and obtained a date of just the linen fibers which fell between 300 B.C. to 400 A.D. (See or his peer reviewed published research on this issue.)
      A separate group sued the British Museum to release the raw data of the 1988 Carbon Dating results of the 3 lab and won. What they found was that the results between 3 labs were heterogeneous, meaning it appeared as if each was analyzing a different piece with a different dating result. This should not have been the case for a valid dating because the main linen cloth was a single material only and should have resulted in a homgeneneous results.

      This issue has not been debunk and with 2 more recent datings using other physical methods coming up with results nearly a thousand years earlier than the 1988 carbon dating results, is why people continue to call for a new dating done more carefully from material more representative of the image area.

  5. All I can say is:
    John 20:7 KJV — And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

    Sounds like more then one piece of cloth to me. And this verse makes it clear the head wrapping was separate from the body. Also note that If you dig into the hebrew you discover that the writer was trying to show that they were in the same place wrapped….not touched or removed from Him. So that we know it was His new glorified body.

    So scripture debunks this fake if you read.

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