The Shroud of Turin: modern, digitally processed image of the face on the cloth [left] and the full body image as seen on the shroud [right].

The Shroud of Turin: Controversial Cloth Defies Explanation as Study Shows it Has DNA From Around the World

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Believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, but held only as a religious article of historical significance by skeptics, the Shroud of Turin has captivated scholars and scientists alike due to its mysterious nature. New DNA tests add to the body of research that only serves to highlight the strange, unexplained origins of the shroud.

The cloth, a pale sheet of woven fabric approximately 14-feet (4.5 meters) –long, might be considered unremarkable save for the distinctive reddish-brown markings on its front and back. The image of a prone man with hands folded can be made out on the cloth, with both the front and back views of the head meeting neatly at the middle of the sheet, suggesting it was folded over the front and back of a naked body in death. Countless horrible wounds to the body are revealed through the images on the fabric, from slashes to gouges, piercings and welts. These images strongly indicate to proponents the evidence of crucifixion and the Biblical description of the death of Jesus.

The full length of the Shroud of Turin. Scientists and scholars cannot resolve the mystery of the shroud.

The full length of the Shroud of Turin. Scientists and scholars cannot resolve the mystery of the shroud. ( Public Domain )

The Hidden History of the Shroud

Historical record can place the shroud in the late 1300s. Scholars debate its existence previous to 1390, describing the period before that as “very murky territory.” Even during the middle ages there was disagreement over authenticity of the cloth, with written claims at the time between church officials suggesting it was a forgery. However, historians raise the possibility that several such ‘shrouds’ were making the rounds at the time, and forgery claims might have had nothing to do with the cloth found today in the cathedral in Turin, Italy.

Since the 15 th century, the existence of that shroud is well documented. It was deeded to the House of Savoy in Italy in 1453, and suffered damage in a fire. Patches and repair-work have been done at various times on the artifact. It was set in a chapel in the 17 th century, but it wasn’t until 200 years later that it was put on public display, and first photographed.

Full length negatives of the Shroud of Turin.

Full length negatives of the Shroud of Turin. ( Public Domain )

It was these photographs which elevated the cloth from relic to sensation. The photos were not remarkable in and of themselves, until viewed in the reverse negative, whereupon a detailed image of a wounded, bearded man became clearly visible. It had previously been suspected that the stains and images were painted on the linen by an artist at some point in its history, but the discovery of the detailed body image found embedded within the fabric drastically rewrote theories, and convinced many that the images were made through contact with an actual human corpse. Some Christians believe the image was transferred from Jesus’ body onto the cloth with a release of “divine light” or energy upon his resurrection.

A poster advertising the 1898 exhibition of the shroud in Turin. Secondo Pia's photograph was taken a few weeks too late to be included in the poster. The image on the poster includes a painted face, not obtained from Pia's photograph.

A poster advertising the 1898 exhibition of the shroud in Turin. Secondo Pia's photograph was taken a few weeks too late to be included in the poster. The image on the poster includes a painted face, not obtained from Pia's photograph. ( Public Domain )

If this was indeed the death shroud which encased the body of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, that would date the cloth to 30 AD, the biblical date of the death of Jesus. However, this dating is at odds with later historical record, as well as the modern scientific research on the artifact.

Scientific Examinations and Bombshell Revelations

A variety of tests have been carried out on the shroud since scientists were first allowed to examine it in 1969, including physical examinations, chemical analyses, and radiocarbon dating. Initial examinations led to the formation of an 11-member Turin Commission composed of scientists and advisors, and in 1977 the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) was born.

Their findings, based on a gamut of rigorous tests, were reported in 1981, stating:

"We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by some scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved."


You guys don't do much in the way of "research", do you?

Several years ago ((1980s?? 1990s??)) a German theologian set out to prove, once and for all, that 'The Shroud' was a fake. His name is Holger Kersten and the book he wrote about his research is titled, "Jesus Lived in India". Fortunately or unfortunately, what he wound up doing is proving it was not only "real", but there was -all- =sorts= of corroberating (sp?) things he uncovered as well.

For example, -The- =Shroud=, itself, has =never= been tested. What was used for testing was the -edge- -binding-, which the Vatican's own records show was donated about 1300 CE. Why? The Shroud itself was considered too valuable, too holy, to cut a piece off for something as 'trivial' as testing.

Another fex, how was the 'image' produced on the cloth? My expertise is not in chemistry, but as I understand it, the cloth was soaked in alum, which was a common (medical??) thing at that time. If the body was still alive when it was wrapped up, it would sweat like in a sauna and the various salts would combine with the alum to make a "photo-like" image on the cloth. Very simple, no "mystery" at all .. if you know anything about chemistry.

One of the things he did in his research was particularly "damning", in some ways. He -did- =NOT= rely on -strictly- 'European' records!! There were -other- learned cultures besides just the Romans, at that time. So, he checked Persian and Indian archives, too. All I'm going to say ((I'm hoping some of you will actually read the book, yourselves)) here is something that =should= be -obvious- .. but is far too easily overlooked today. Euro-centricity (sp?) can sometimes be a very 'dangerous' set of blinders, -especially- when working on something on the 'frontier' of Europe!

what you say is interesting.. tell me...

1. is the earth and universe 6,000 years old?

2. was the easth flooded in approx 2500 BC and all cultures started over from there.

3. does everyone on earth share the same DNA and are we all descendants of Noah?

sorry for the spelling errors.

"earth" as an example.

What do these questions have to do with the price of cheese in Outer Wierdistan .. or are you just trying to be a smart-ass (you succeeded - congratulations). BTW, 1 = yes, plus -a- =lot= more (think about the wording for a second, of both the question -and- the answer. 2 = nope. 3 = not hardly!

Why are you questioning these 3 points ? All those questions are already answered and what have those to do with the shroud of Turin.
1. The universe is 14 billion years old and the earth is 4 billion years old .
2. There were floodings local and more bigger due to melting icecaps not due to a God being angry ( God does not exist) but the biblical flood never happened. The flood myth is a copy paste and edit by Jewish scribed in 6th c bc from Sumerian tales and that is a fact. Noach did not exist and the Ark did not exist. so nope we are not descendants from Noach.

The shroud of Turin fake or not it is not the image of Jesus, there never was a historical Jesus and the bible story is made up ! simple


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