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The Shroud of Jesus is a Fraud

Updated on April 12, 2009

What is the Shroud of Turin?

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth said to bear the image of a crucified man, believed to be Jesus Christ. Artists, chemist, pathologists, and image analysts who study the Shroud quickly came to the conclusion that it is not a painting, drawing, or any known form of artistic rendition. Artists say there are no noticeable signs of forgery, painting or drawing. There is a complete lack of outlining, usually from drawing. There are no brush strokes, or directionality from a tool used to create this image. Internationally renowned artist and expert in practiced art Isabel Piczek stated "art always exhibits the mandatory use of outline, the event horizon in art".

Directionality, another characteristic in art, is said to not be able to be avoided unless the artist doing the painting were to use a dot painting technique so precise as to be able to apply a colorant individually to top layer fibers thinner than human hair. The artist would need to touch more fibers in an area than in lighter areas. The image on the Shroud of Turin is flawless, which makes everyone believe, whether they are viewing it or running an analysis on it, to automatically suggest that the image on the cloth is real. Many tests have been run on this Shroud. It seems the more tests that are run on this Shroud make it more difficult for the next person to prove it to be a fraud. The image on the Shroud of Turin is so light and diffuse that the image can't be seen from less than six feet away. If the Shroud was created by an artist, it would have taken a long time to complete something of this caliber.

Alan Adler is an expert on porphyrins, the types of colored compounds seen in blood, chlorophyll, and many other natural products. Alan and Dr. John Heller, MD, studied the blood flecks on the STURP sampling tapes [Heller and Adler, Applied Optics 19, (16) 1980]. They concluded that the blood spots on the Shroud of Turin are actually real blood. The x-ray fluorescence spectra taken by STURP showed axcess iron in blood areas, as expected for blood. Microchemical tests for proteins were positive in blood areas but not in any other parts of the Shroud.

Several claims have been made about the blood on the Shroud of Turin, saying that the blood found was type AB, and they planned on doing a DNA test. They sent blood samples from the cloth to a laboratory devoted to the study of ancient blood at the State University of New York. None of the claims could be confirmed. The blood seems to be so old that the DNA of the blood is badly fragmented. It’s basically a battle of Endogenous DNA vs. Contamination.

Scientists are almost certain that the spots on the Shroud of Turin are due to real blood, but there is no evidence that the blood could belong to the Lord, Jesus Christ. Of course, they would only have the power of suggestion when it comes to the origin of the blood, because there are no samples of DNA from that of Jesus Christ, so even if they were to get good DNA results back from the Shroud of Turin, it still wouldn't prove to be that of Jesus Christ.

Spliced threads were found in the carbon 14 zone. Textile experts examined documentary photographs of the sample provided to laboratories and have determined that the threads were legit to the time frame of which they are said to have come from.

There have been many stories about the Shroud of Turin, stating that this was the cloth used to cover the body of a cruxified Jesus Christ. Although that may be true, is the cloth that we acquired really the same one used on Jesus?

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Shroud of Turin. Image of Jesus Christ
Shroud of Turin. Image of Jesus Christ
Shroud of Turin. Image of Jesus Christ


Analysis completed on the Shroud of Turin showed outstanding evidence that seems to support the theory of the cloth being the real deal. Scientists using infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray flurescence, and microchemistry analysis have clearly demonstrated that pigments, paints, dyes, or any form of liquid or solid colorant were nearly impossible to have been used to create this image. There is no evidence of capillary action between fibers and no soaking in any kind in the area of the image. It has been shown that the image is a direct result of a chemical change to the fiber-- dehydration and oxidation of the cellulose. Though chemical agents, such as acids, could alter the chemistry of the fiber, the lack of any capillary action and the abrupt delineation between image and non-image areas in individual fibers preclude this is a reasonable possibility.

According to computet photography of the image, the image is in a 3-dimensional format in negative. This is totally uncharacteristic of any art form. To create the image, an artist would have needed to apply microscopic dots or pixels to the linen in a single color. Areas that are recessed such as the back of the knees would have required few or no pixels.The image on the Shroud of Turin is anatomically consistent to a modern day pathologist with 20th and 21st century technology, with someone who had been traumatized by scouring, wounded in the scalp as if by a cap or crown of thorns, and crucified.

The image doesn't exist below the blood stains. The artist would have needed to apply real blood first anticipating the exact placement of the image or to have created the image with reserved areas for the blood stains. The very idea of an artist doing so is preposterous.

Debunking the Shroud of Turin

There was evidence that suggest that the Shroud of Turin is actually a counterfeit. According to one artist, she says she knows how the Shroud of Turin was created. According to her, dry paint was placed on a piece of paper, drawing the image of Jesus Christ. Then the image was perfectly analyzed for any lumps in the paintings. Then, place linen on the image and press down on it, making the same image in the cloth as the Shroud of Turin.

After the drawing was created, it was analyzed with computer mapping, showing the exact same 3-dimensional image shown on the original Shroud of Turin. Although the blood cannot be explained, its very closely similar to the original, which may not be the real thing at all.


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      JAFO 4 years ago

      Wow,what an ignorant Authur.I bet this came from a bona fide biased Atheist,that doesn't eat meat,that only watches CSI.Another yippie,in other words.A Berkeley pony tail freaktoid,lol.

      They just did new tests,you derp.It comes from 1ad.Read the paper once in awhile,instead of Athist today,lol.

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      Machine 4 years ago

      What an ignorant blog.They just did an advanced test,and found out it came from 1ad.Hence,the last test was done in the 80s,lol.We're now alot more advanced,and tests like these are 10x more accurate.

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      Joezap 6 years ago

      Consider the original Greek text.

      English word “cloth” in Greek is “bandage”, a strip of cloth about 2 inches wide.

      English word “folded” in Greek is “carefully arranged”.

      Keeping in mind that the Jews were in Egypt for 400 years it’s no surprise that Jesus was wrapped up as a mummy.

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      It matters not to me if the shroud is real or fake. I still believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. amen. A good hub.

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      yuki 7 years ago

      if you really want to know the truth search for this article at history channel. i just watch it... by the time they came closer to the truth the church forbid their research... sounds fishy..

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      mr williams 7 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Actually, my campaign is very successful. Most of my earnings come from Hubpages, and this hub has generated thousands of visitors rather quickly for me. Those visitors converted into clicks. Never mind the comments, it's irrelevant.

      I have bills to pay just like everyone else. I have no problem announcing my true intentions. As far as not having interest in what I write, that's not true. My topic of choice is business of all sorts, but I recognize a profitable opportunity when I see one. I will do whatever it takes to pay my way through college, and writing is just one of the many things I do to insure that. So, it is working.

      Your opinion pointed out many good points though and I appreciate what you have to say, so thank you.

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      mr williams 7 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Honestly, I have no interest in this subject whatsoever. I found it to be a good topic to write about so I could earn some money from it. Looking at the responses it has gotten, I'd say my plan was a success.

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      Now that you have the opinions of others...

      ...have you made up your own mind?

      Why is this subject of interest to you?

      Who is Jesus Christ?

      If it's NOT a fake...what does the Shroud mean?

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      mr williams 7 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      I admit, the title was deceiving. My intentions were to get the opinions of others on whether or not they believe the shroud is real or fake. As far as the unspecified artist goes, I have yet to find the name of this person.

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      Your title confuses me a bit. Why did you devote 95 % of the text to propositions that support the idea the Shroud is NOT a fake?

      Then you write the final paragraph; an unspecified artist claims to be able to produce a similar image. But unlike the rest of the piece there's no corroboration. Wassup widdat?

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      marino 7 years ago

      Jesus is real. Jesus is alive.

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      cb on bonanzle 8 years ago

      I am really and truly sick of those who look for whatever excuse they can to deny the fact that God exists and he is real. This tops the cake with their asinine thinking of how the Shroud of Turin is fake because they were able to make a mockery [replica] of it. I hope that Italian scientist enjoys his 15 minutes of fame and the money he was paid to utter horrible blasphemies. I would not even be a bit surprised if he's one of the scientists involved in making a body/clone for the Antichrist.

      I encourage anyone who has ears to hear and eyes to see with to get a copy of the book called "Antichrist: The Cloned Image of Jesus Christ" by Joye Jeffries Pugh. The book discusses the Shroud of Turin and the coming Cloned Antichrist. The greatest deception that the world has ever seen is coming.

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      samuel 8 years ago

      u idiot they did say quickly.... it took abt 100yrs to examin

      feel GOD b4 u r in hell

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      Anthony James Barnett - author 8 years ago

      A very interesting and informative Hub.

      The only comment I'd like to say, is that if it is a fraud, and the image is as old as suggested, surely the art was too advanced for the period. Aren't images from that period are more crude.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      This is a interesting hub. You have put a lot of research into it. Thumbs up.