On The Shroud Of Turin

A presentation, in part, by the History Channel

At the bottom of this narative is a very informative documentary on the Shroud put on by the History Channel.

The Shroud of Turin, from time to time, makes current news. In 1988, via carbon-14 dating, it was shown to be from the mid 1300s. Later, it was shown that the carbon-14 dating was inaccurate due to contamination. This week (03.28.2013) it was reported that using the the new FT-IR testing it was determined that the Shroud's material dated to approximately the 1st century AD.

The Shroud of Turin is one of the most widely known historical/religious artifacts. There are those who believe that it is the actual burial shroud of Jesus - and, they are vast in number.

While it may never be proven that the Shroud is the very one used for Jesus' burial, remember: "absense of proof does not mean proof of absense." Or, at this point in time, it can't be proven that the Shroud is the one used for Jesus or not. But, the evidence shown below in the video does depict technologies within the creation of the Shroud that were not known or available until VERY recently. And, even today such a shroud can't be recreated. So, it is reasonable to question how was the Shroud ACTUALLY created.

A note before watching the video: There is an artifact referenced in the video called "The Sudarium of Oviedo". While not nearly as well known as the Shroud, it is fascinating in its own right - especially when compared with the Shroud.

The Sudarium of Oviedo

Short History:

The Sudarium of Oviedo is traditionally believed to be the small cloth (i.e., about the size of a hand towel of today) which was used to cover the face of Jesus of Nazareth immediately after his death on the cross. Nothing is known of its whereabouts for the first 600 years after the disciple John (per the New Testament) saw it in the empty tomb.

The Sudarium has been kept in the Camara Santa (Holy Chapel) within the cathedral of San Salvador at Oviedo in northern Spain since the 7th Century.

Coincidences with the Shroud of Turin:

The blood type of that found on the Shroud of Turin has been shown to be AB. The blood type found on the Sudarium of Oviedo is also AB.

The length of the nose has been calculated at eight centimetres. This is exactly the same length as the nose on the image of the Shroud.

Species of pollen on the Sudarium match the pollen on the Shroud.

When the stains on the Sudarium are placed over the face on the Shroud there is an exact match with the stains on the beard of the face on the Shroud. This correlating of the two pieces of cloth is depicted in the documentary below.

A small stain on the Sudarium is also visible proceeding from the right hand side of the man's mouth. This stain is hardly visible on the Shroud, but Dr. John Jackson, using the VP-8 and photo enhancements has confirmed its presence on the Shroud.

The thorn wounds on the nape of the neck also coincide perfectly with the bloodstains on the Shroud.

The Polarized Image Overlay Technique was applied to the Sudarium, comparing it to the image and bloodstains on the Shroud. The stains on the front side of the Sudarium show seventy points of coincidence with the Shroud, and the rear side stains show fifty.

Jewish tradition demands that if the face of a dead person was in any way disfigured, it should be covered with a cloth to avoid people seeing this unpleasant sight. Thus, culturally, the Sudarium seems to be correct for the time period.

The blood "pooling" on the cloth indicates that the cloth was used while the body was in a vertical position. Therefore, it is a safe assumption that the Sudarium was first used before the dead body was taken down from the cross. This fits in with what we learn from John's gospel, which tells us that the Sudarium was rolled up in a place by itself.

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