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The Shroud of Turin Meets Science

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What is The Shroud of Turin?


In this article we will be taking a look at the length of linen that for centuries was purported to be the burial garment of Jesus Christ – What is The Shroud of Turin, and was it really used to wrap the body of Jesus?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Holy Shroud

The Holy Shroud (or Santa Sindone as it’s known in Italy) has been held since 1578 in Turin’s royal chapel of the cathedral of San Giovanni Battista. It is 4.3 metres long and 1.1 metres wide.

The strange, haunting cloth seems to show a pair of faint images of the back and front of a man. This man has a very gaunt look to his facial appearance and is thought to have been about 5 foot 7 inches tall.

The material and these images give the appearance that a body had been laid lengthwise along one half of it, then the other half had been folded over so that it covered the front of the man’s body.

What’s really fascinating about the images is that they seem to show the same injuries that Christ would have had, when you consider the crucifixion – thorn marks on the head, lacerations (as if from flogging) on the back, and blood stains all over the shroud.

The Holy Shroud


Geoffroi de Charnay

The Holy Shroud first popped up in historic records when the famous knight, Geoffroi de Charnay, was spotted with it in his possession. From here it is then recorded as going on exhibition in 1389…but the local bishop of Troyes branded it a joke and a fake.

However, popes from Julius II onward have all taken it’s authenticity for granted.

In 1453 Geoffroi de Charnay’s granddaughter, Marguerite, handed the Holy relic over to the house of Savoy at Chambéry. It stayed here until it was unfortunately damaged by fire, then water in 1532.

The shroud was then taken to the new Savoyard capital of Turin in 1578, where it has been exhibited on rare occasions since. A replica usually takes it place for public viewing.

Geoffroi de Charnay



So, is it authentic or not?

Was this the cloth that Jesus’s body was wrapped in?

Very hard question to answer…

In the 1970’s, tests began to find out whether or not the images were the result of paints or other pigments, even fire or scorch marks. All the results came back inconclusive.

In 1988 the Vatican provided three laboratories in different countries with tiny samples of the shroud, so that they could carry out carbon-14 dating. All three labs concluded that the shroud was dated from between 1260 and 1390. Certain experts now believe that these tests were false, and their methods used were wrong.

The Vatican still recommends that Christians continue to worship the shroud as a holy relic.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.


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    • Rockledge

      The artist rendering on the right doesn’t really look at all like an arab, which no doubt Jesus would have looked much more like Yassar Arafat than he would have looked Roman or Celtic.

    • Slimey

      Very hard question to answer? No, a very easy one. You real Master did not have long hair. Based on hysterical evidence and the Bible.

      But it does look suspiciously like the Anti-Christ the Catholics like to push. :lol:

      Fool me once – shame on me. Fool me twice – shame on you!

      • Rockledge

        You come up with some of the strangest bullshit sometimes. ….

        1) Shoulder length or somewhat longer was not considered long hair at that time in history, long hair as commanded for women , as a “head covering” and was waist length or longer. In other words, uncut.
        2) Much of the art that was created not long after Jesus walked the earth showed His hair as well as other biblical and historical figures from that time period of having shoulder length hair.
        3) Jesus spent most of his time in arid, windy climates in which shoulder length hair and thick beards were protection from the weather, not merely some element of fashion
        4) It isn’t as if barbershops were common. cutting hair and beards was a luxury most had no access to, and had no need of.
        Gillette wasn’t in business yet and scissors had not been invented.
        5) Even during the Roman empire, it was only the very privileged ( who are who were represented in Greek and Roman artwork) who had the luxury of having their hair shorn and adorned. Most common citizens and slaves had no such luxury.

        And most importantly, the antichrist the Catholics like to “push”?
        What ever strange cult you belong to that drills you full of such nonsense, seriously man, bail quickly. Run fast and far from it.

        The antichrist will likely have short hair, as is the accepted clone look expected of western politicians. Or perhaps some weird looking combover given that the antichrist ( or more accurately, “psuedo-Christian” is will be the case, some american republican president faking Christianity so as to be helped into power by the one world “religious right”) will conform to western ideals and appearance which will be short hair and a shaved face, like so many pagans in history.

        • Slimey

          Sorry to confuse you. I meant “your” instead of “you”. Sorry I BLEW your mind on a typo. :wink:

          I read your comment and have to say you guyz come up with the strangest bull sheet so you can continue to defy the most High.

          So nice, so WRONG! :twisted:

          • Rockledge

            Historical and cultural evidence is indeed in support of what I posted , junior.
            Study history. Do not be afraid to seek information outside of whatever cult you belong to provides.
            God gave us minds to use, and He actually placed intelligence in some of those minds.

            • Slimey

              Hysterical and cultural evidence also support my views but somehow only yours count. :cool:

              Yes, QUESTION your authority. :twisted:

    • Lisa

      A really good video on the Shroud of Turin is called “THE FABRIC OF TIME”. An amazing expose on the shroud and even a nonbeliever is unable to refute the authenticity of the facts here presented. The first 30 minutes is explained from the Vantage point of an Criminal Forensics Pathologist, all the wounds clearly visible on the negative image from photograghy. The second 30 minutes focuses on the “new technology of QUANTUM PHYSICS”. And the images are magnified at greater levels and reveal details never seen before; like for instance two mites, or Roman pennies covering his eyes, with the image of Tiberius Caesar, with the date of 29, from the reference in Like 3:1. Many other facts never heard before. Simply AMAZING. Look on youtube, or on ebay or amazon. There will always be naysayers, liars, mockers and scoffers to the end of time before THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST IN GLORY. REVELATION 19: AND HE HATH ON HIS VESTURE AND ON HIS THIGH A NAME WRITTEN. KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. IT WOULD BE GOOD TO READ ALL OF REVELATION 19, 20, 21, AND 22. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS VIDEO AND SHARING TRUTH TO THOSE WHO KNOW NOT.

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