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The Mystery of The Shroud of Turin

Updated on May 1, 2017

The History of The Shroud

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth measuring 14.3 x 3.7 feet that bears an image of a man who seems to have been tortured immensely. This man is believed and has since been proven to be Jesus Christ. The first time the Shroud was first mentioned, at least on record, was in 1390 when the then Bishop wrote a letter to Pope Clement 7.

In 1390,The Shroud was first said to be in France. It now stays in Turin, Italy at The Cathedral of Saint John The Baptist. This is a very fitting place for The Shroud to be displayed.

There are many doubters that say, the Shroud could not be possible. It has been analyzed many years over.

Share your opinions on this subject by leaving comments in the box at the bottom of this article.

Real McCoy or Fabricated Relic?

The Shroud of Turin has been a topic of controversy for centuries. Whether it is the face of Jesus or a fake is a major source of controversy.
The Shroud of Turin has been a topic of controversy for centuries. Whether it is the face of Jesus or a fake is a major source of controversy. | Source
The Shroud of Turin on display in Turin, Italy. The Shroud is rarely put on display.
The Shroud of Turin on display in Turin, Italy. The Shroud is rarely put on display. | Source

Arguments That The Shroud is Fake

1. Radiocarbon Dating Puts the Shroud in the Middle Ages which is after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The critics do not like the timing is so good. The timing is so good in fact, that the truth of the radiocarbon dating would be to prove the time period from when this was from.

2. Forensic tests done in the 1970's claim that there is no blood on the cloth only Tempera paint tinted red color.

3. The features are off such as a small forehead and one arm is longer than the other and both are too long. Also, the eye brows are too far from the top of the head.

4. The Shroud could be done using a dust- transfer technique which when done carefully looks similar to the Man on the Shroud plus it was a technique used in Midevill times.

5. If The Shroud was real then why did the Disciples not mention it after Jesus rose from the dead.

6. The Shroud can not be explained, Therefore , it must not be real. This is one of the main arguments that is used.


Location of the Shroud (Turin, Italy)

The Viewing of The Shroud

On a rare occasion the Shroud of Turin has been placed on public display for viewing.
On a rare occasion the Shroud of Turin has been placed on public display for viewing. | Source

What Do You Think?

Do you believe the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ?

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Arguments That The Shroud is Real

1. Even with new technologies an exact 3D replica can not be made. NASA's VP8 Image Analyzer concluded that like no other image before it has properties that allow it to decode into a 3-D image.

2. The image on The Shroud, bears a man's image consistent with man who was tortured. The Shroud shows pierced side, holes in head from the crown of thorns that he wore, and both feet that have a hole in them, there are blood stains, etc.

3. The Hercules Aerospace Company in Utah compared dirt particles from The Shroud with dirt found in ancient tombs in Jerusalem. The tests concluded it was Travertine Argonite Limestone and they were virtually identical. The critics also do not like this critical fact in favor that The Shroud is proving to be more real and authentic.

4. A Botanist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem did pollen tests and concluded that the outlines of the plants point to Jerusalem's environment.

5. Robert Bucklin, a forensic pathologists and physician, constructed a simulated autopsy. His findings showed signs of a man being whipped, beaten, crucified and it even showed bruises and markings on his right shoulder blade which is consistent with toting a very hard object. We as Christians believe this to be The Cross, that Jesus was crucified on.

6. The Shroud can not be explained, Therefore, it must be the actual burial cloth of The Lord.

Real Or Fake?

Scientists and other experts have done hundreds of tests on the cloth trying to prove its authenticity. So far the mystery continues to hold on.
Scientists and other experts have done hundreds of tests on the cloth trying to prove its authenticity. So far the mystery continues to hold on. | Source

Shroud of Turin Documentary

The Shroud of Controversy

The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the actual burial cloth that Jesus was buried in. Scholars have studied the cloth for decades.
The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the actual burial cloth that Jesus was buried in. Scholars have studied the cloth for decades. | Source

Final Thoughts......

It's still a mystery because every time their seems to be proof it's a forgery it's refuted by other information. I'm not sure if it's the burial cloth of The Lord or not but it's something beyond our understanding to be sure. However, It's fascinating that whether the Shroud is from the time of Jesus or from Medieval times it can not be fully replicated even in 2013 with all of our advanced computer technology.

So many relics and religious items have been found and some have been authentic. On the other hand, Many forgeries have been discovered which always leads to speculation about new artifacts that have been located. Scientists, artists, Theologists, photographers, and other experts in their respective fields have been studying the Shroud of Turin for centuries and to this day their has been no definitive evidence to prove it to be a fraud or to prove it to be genuine.

The debate rages on and maybe one day we will all know the answer to one of the biggest mysteries that has ever been found. This topic is interesting to say the least as it always is when it comes to religious findings.

* Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions on this subject in the comments box located at the bottom of this page. I always welcome any religious information that I can learn.

The Burial Cloth of Jesus?

Everyone including Time magazine has investigating the Shroud of Turin.
Everyone including Time magazine has investigating the Shroud of Turin. | Source

The Shroud of Turin Documentary

Shroud of Turin Video

Investigating The Shroud of Turin

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      Sean Cheng 3 months ago

      Using a "positive image" of shroud in discussion is always a misleading to many beginners who are easily to forget that the shroud image is "photo negative" in origin !

      When you understand what is a "photo negative", logically you will see why the image of Should can never be a "painting".

      (1) in the whole human art history, have you ever seen an artist painted any portrait in "photo negative" ? Is there any second example?

      (2) has there been any artist in the history demonstrated such a skill as to painting a man's portrait by the way of photo-negative ?

      (3) why a medieval artist would painted such a negative image in high resolution which no body in his time can distinguish his facial likeness by his naked eyes only until after the camera was first invented ? What is the purpose of a artist who would created such an image even himself couldn't distinguish ?

      If anyone think the image of Shroud is a "painting", I will surely ask him to do one thing: go and ask any current date artist to paint a portrait in "photo negative" , to prove there is anyone in the universe can do the work!

      (sorry English is not my first language, so if there is any error in my spelling or grammar, just think I am from the Mars and forgive me ! )

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Good summary of the arguments. Personally I don't think it's a real religious relic but it sure has stirred up a lot of controversy. Personally I don't think having pollen or dust from the Middle East is evidence of anything; it could have been made there. I think the fact that it's paint, not blood, kinda cinches it. I don't think it'll ever be resolved, though; almost any conclusions people come to it's easy to shed doubt on it because it's so old and can't be verified for certain. People will always have confirmation bias when they examine it. Interesting topic.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Hi there

      I believe as a matter of fact I have a clear picture of what is supposed to b the real face of Jesus in one of my hubs

      I seem to come to this certain scripture everything I look at this

      1 timothy 1:4

      Great hub thanks