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March 31, 2013 - 9:00 am
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After reading about a newly published scientific book titled The Mystery of the Shroud, which attempts to prove that the Shroud of Turin actually dates back to the time of Jesus, I planned on writing what you are about to read.

Then, an hour before my scheduled writing time,  I “just happened” to notice a Facebook post that read:

Christmas was the promise — Easter is the proof.

That phrase truly resonated with me because of the word “proof.”

But do believers really have proof that Jesus was resurrected from the dead?

After twenty years of reading about and studying the Shroud of Turin (and even viewing it in 2010), I have all the “proof” I need.  Although let me state emphatically that my faith — and the faith of most people who are celebrating “Resurrection Sunday” today — does not depend on any physical proof whatsoever.

For we know that Jesus is alive and His Spirit lives in us; that is all the proof we need.

Still, physical proof of Christ’s resurrection would be useful, especially when one tries to convince loved ones to believe in what more than a billion people around the world believe today.

So what if this new Shroud of Turin scientific study really does prove conclusively that the Shroud cloth dates back to the time of Jesus? Does that mean mankind finally has the proof it needs to believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead after dying on the cross?

We are certainly getting close to “proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” and here are some reasons why this is happening now.

Full-length front and back view of man in Shroud showing his whip and nail marks.

The latest headlines heralding this new study across all media platforms will read and sound something like:

“Shroud of Turin is not a medieval forgery.”   

Perhaps you have even heard them repeatedly by this time. These headlines will all be similar because the new experiments have debunked the faulty 1988 Carbon-14 dating tests concluding that the Shroud cloth only dated back to the Middle Ages. But for decades scientists who study the Shroud have disregarded these tests because many concluded the Shroud sample used for the Carbon-14 testing was later weaved into the original cloth after a fire in the 1553. That same fire left the burn marks seen today running the entire length of the Shroud.

However, the dating of the Shroud cloth to the Middle Ages is the one “fact” that skeptics and the secular press have continuously repeated and relied upon since 1988 to “prove” the Shroud is a clever forgery. Thus the reason for the wording of the headlines you are currently seeing and hearing.

The real truth is that since the 1970s much important scientific evidence has been acquired proving that this mysterious cloth has a high probability of being the burial cloth of Jesus. Of course, since the DNA of Jesus is unavailable, we will never be 100% sure. But in lieu of his DNA, there is enough evidence leading one to conclude that a young man who was first tortured and then crucified with an imprint somehow left on his burial cloth (and his dead body never found) is in fact that Jewish preacher known as Jesus of Nazareth.

Here are only a few examples of widely accepted scientific evidence:

  • From a 2012 study: the force that caused the man’s image to be imprinted on the cloth was radiation released in the form of an electrical discharge.
  • It is well-documented that the marks on the man in the Shroud are totally consistent with the biblical account of the wounds suffered by Jesus Christ.  
  • The mysterious substance used to form the imprint of the battered man does not penetrate the cloth. In fact, the image sits on top of the cloth and can be scraped away with a razor blade. Scientists also agree that no paints, pigments, dyes, or stains currently known to man could have made such an imprint.
  • Blood found on the Shroud is human blood. Furthermore, that blood penetrates the cloth. More remarkable is that the blood on the cloth was there first, before the imprinted image was formed, and is separate from the imprinted image of the man. That makes perfect sense when you consider Jesus was covered in blood after he was taken down from the cross and then wrapped in a cloth consistent with the Jewish burial customs of the time.
  • The weave pattern of the cloth and the pollen found on the Shroud are consistent with the type of cloth weaving and pollen dating back to the time of Jesus in the area around Jerusalem.

There is much more evidence pointing to the unique properties of the Shroud, and this new body of knowledge was first explored during a very popular 2010 History Channel documentary called The Real Face of Jesus?

Since 2010, this highly rated film has aired very often. It employs state of-the-art 3D computer modeling, developed by NASA, to construct a life mask of the bruised face of the man in the Shroud.

Serving as a consultant to The Real Face of Jesus? was Russ Breault, a world-renowned shroud expert and president of the Shroud of Turin Education Project. Mr. Breault also appeared in the film.

Fortunately, a Shroud of Turin piece I wrote last July here on PJ Lifestyle prompted Russ Breault to contact me, and since then we have remained in touch. So when Russ first tipped me off on March 27 about this breaking study,  I immediately decided to write this piece, and called upon him to offer expertise. (Russ Breault also appeared on Good Morning America on Good Friday to discuss the new study.)

Below is a fascinating analysis excerpted from the email Russ Breault sent me on Thursday, March 28:

We know that the carbon dating of the cloth has come under great scrutiny because they violated the sampling protocol agreed to in 1985. They were supposed to cut three different samples from three different locations on the cloth. Instead they cut only one sample from an area they were warned to avoid–the outside corner edge–where it had been held and handled hundreds of times and an area most susceptible to contamination and possible repair. Chemist Ray Rogers determined in a peer reviewed scientific journal article in 2005 that it was indeed subjected to some kind of medieval reweave. The sample has become highly questionable and many feel the 1988 carbon date is therefore inconclusive.

The new dating research published today by Giulio Fanti will be presented to peer review. If others validate his process and procedures and can validate his work, this may become a critical moment for the Shroud striking a final death blow to the 1988 carbon dating described as a “shoddy affair” by Harry Gove, inventor of the AMS method of carbon dating.

That Pope Francis introduced the Shroud during a special one-hour televised exhibition yesterday on Holy Saturday is also highly significant. The exhibition was originally called for by former Pope Benedict XVI as his “last act of love to the world.” Francis, who has a masters degree in chemistry, may decide to open the Shroud up to a new round of testing, something all Shroud researchers have been hoping for decades.

A fine line has always existed between the Shroud as a holy object of veneration and an artifact subjected to scientific scrutiny.

As science continues to affirm the possible authenticity of the Shroud, perhaps science and faith can finally be on the same page again as they were with great thinkers like Saint Thomas Aquinas who saw science and theology as two sides of the same coin—one explored the physical world and the other the realm of spirit. Did they come together on an ancient piece of linen? Maybe so. Perhaps the message of the Shroud is what Jesus said to Doubting Thomas after the resurrection, “Stop doubting and believe!” Perhaps through the Shroud we too are given the same opportunity Jesus gave to Thomas.

On behalf of PJ Lifestyle, I would like to thank Russ Breault for his expert analysis and opinion regarding the latest developments regarding this ongoing mystery we call the Shroud of Turin. Mr. Breault also gives Shroud Encounter multi-media presentations around the nation at colleges and churches utilizing his intriguing “CSI style” investigative approach. In fact, my husband and I are helping to sponsor Russ Breault’s “Shroud Encounter” as a fundraiser for Cross International on April 7 in South Florida.

Happy Easter, everyone.

Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, The Daily Caller, RedState and The Daily Beast. Myra's web site TheJesusStore.com contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams

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Luke 16:31

“He said [Abraham] to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Proof is antithetical to Christianity. There is sufficient evidence, but if there were proof, the empirical kind, then there would be no reason for faith. The shroud, like the purported crown of thorns in Paris, and the fake cross slivers are distractions from Jesus. They are relics, fake relics, used by Earthly kings to cement their power. Christ is alive, according to scriptural teachings, and has no need of the leftover trinkets of his death.
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The hands look fake- look how long the fingers are on the right hand.
And the hair looks like it is perfectly in place- it doesn't look like the hair of someone lying down.
Yet no one knows how the image got on the cloth, and it is claimed that there is pollen on the cloth from plants native only to Jerusalem.
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Thank you for having this article posted on Easter, Myra. As you implied
, faith is the driving force for acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, but as God is keenly aware of our weakness, He has given man tangible proof of His existence to help the doubting Thomases among us to cross the threshold of faith.
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""" Does New Study of Burial Cloth Add to Existing Proof that Jesus Was Resurrected Around 33 AD? """

No.

But is "proof" really needed? We're talking about the tenets of faith here. Christians should not play the silly game that atheists do, where they hide behind "science" as "proof" there is no God.
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To Rickolonius below, who wrote:

“Proof is antithetical to Christianity…Christ…has no need of the leftover trinkets of his death.”

Perhaps you will recall one of the most poignant of Christ’s countless displays of compassion for human frailty that occurred a few days after the resurrection, when His apostles were cowering behind the locked door in the Upper Room and He suddenly appeared among them. He gently chided the apostle forever after known as “Doubting Thomas,” displaying His wounds and inviting him to put his fingers into them, so that Thomas would “…be not unbelieving, but believing.”

While I in no way presume to speak for discarnates, could it be possible He still thinks it’s worth the trouble to give some of us a little extra help to bridge a gap that would present an insurmountable chasm without it?
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Myra

One can firmly believe the resurrection and still doubt this is the burial cloth of Jesus.

One, it does not match the description of the burial cloth in the Gospel accounts, nor does it match what we know from history/archaeology. (Bodies were wrapped in linens, much like mummies, not draped in cloth. The head had a separate coverirng.)

Two, it does not match the grooming style of 1st century Jewish males. (They probably did not have long flowing hair as in the image.)

Three, Jesus' body would have been absolutely covered in blood from the Roman scourging. (Mel Gibson got that right in his movie.) It wouldn't have had just a few isolated blood spots where the nails and spear penetrated. In short, the entire cloth would be full of blood from the "stripes" so well described in Isaiah 53.

So I believe, just not in this clever forgery.
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The burial cloth of Jesus is TOTALLY within the realm of Jewish burial customs and compatible with the Gospels according to Russ Breault the Shroud expert. The body of the Shroud man was covered in blood but much was dried by the time they took him down from the cross and covered him with the Shroud. Blood is found where the nail marks were, on the head due to the crown of thrones, and where the spear was thrust into His side. The shroud is COVERED with whip marks as you can see from the images in the piece both front and back. There is hardly a spot not covered with whip marks. As I write in the piece, human blood was found separate from the image. It appeared on the Shroud BEFORE the image of the man. That fact alone makes a forgery improbable. Blood penetrates the cloth. The image does not. THAT IS A KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE. Science can not figure out how this image sits on the cloth and does not penetrate the cloth.
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No, Myra, the shroud does NOT match early Jewish burial customs, not matter what a self-appointed "expert" says. You need only see in the Gospel of John that it clearly states that Jesus was wrapped in STRIPS of linen cloth and the head covered separately, both in the burial narrative and in Peter finding only STRIPS of cloth and separate head covering in the empty tomb. We also see in the story of Jesus raising Lazarus that the description of Lazarus existing his tomb does not match at all what's allegedly shown in the shroud.

Just because something is a mystery does not mean it is a miracle.

One must also ask that of all the miracles Scripture mentions surrounding Jesus' resurrection how did this one somehow escape notice, and why is there zero evidence of it's existence before the 14th century, a time when every other holy man and church claimed to have some holy relic from that time? (If every "fragment of the true cross" were assembled, the cross would have been 30-feet high!)
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How does one make that crucial leap, in the event that that shroud is dated to the time of Jesus, that this this particular shroud is the actual shroud wrapped about Jesus?

Frankly, the shroud is a confounding distraction, a confounder of our Faith.
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If you add up all the hard scientific evidence that is agreed upon ( I touch on it but there is MUCH more) there is only one person who fits all this suffering. For example, Russ Breault talks about how criminals at this time were either flogged or crucified by the Romans but NOT BOTH. If you know your Bible, you know that Jesus was flogged and then he was put before the people who demanded HE then be crucified. If someone was flogged that was considered enough punishment. The idea was to make criminals or prisoners suffer through crucifixion and if they were flogged first they would not have lasted nearly as long. Jesus is an example of that. The Romans did not have to break his legs because he was already dead. This fulfilled an Old Testament prophesy that the Messiah would have no bones broken. (Isaiah)
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" there is only one person who fits all this suffering..."...really?.....respectfully I'd question that. How can we possibly know?

We should accept what we have as Scripture, and leave the rest as conjecture.
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Jesus' DNA may very well be on the Sudarium of Oveido, which is venerated as the burial cloth that was wrapped around Jesus' head in the tomb. The authentication of the Sudarium of Oveido is somewhat ahead of that of the Shroud of Turin.
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Here is a scholarly paper on the Sudarium of Oveido as compared with the Shroud. This is from Shroud.com which is Barrie Schwortz's web site. He appears in the CNN clip I hyperlink and is another leading expert in the Shroud.
http://www.shroud.com/heraseng.pdf
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There is no imprinted image on the Sudarium of Oveido like there is with the Shroud.
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In Christianity one has to believe that Jesus came to bring Peace and to believe that he brought sward One has to believe that he is is from the House of David, though there is no blood relation between them. One has to believe that a man can have 2 different lines of ancestors. One has to believe that Jesus told to follow The Law and believe that it can be broken. One has to believe that a direct descendant of King David makes his living as a carpenter and so on.
Collection of such views has its name in medicine: it is call Schizophrenia and people expressing those views are heavily medicated.
Add to it that whoever wrote the gospels were totally ignorant of life, traditions, history and Mosaic law, one would understand why a piece of shmata can produce such excitement.
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"Add to it that whoever wrote the gospels were totally ignorant of life, traditions, history and Mosaic law, one would understand why a piece of shmata can produce such excitement"

Your comment is insulting especially the use of the word shmata which is a Yiddish slang word for rag. Why don't you concentrate on the hard evidence of the Shroud and address that rather than resort to slang.
Having been born and raised a Jew I know just how demeaning that word is meant to be. Furthermore, the Gospels were written by Jews, in fact the entire Bible Old Test and New were written by Jews except for the two books written by Luke who was Greek. The New Testament fulfills the Old and most of the New Test is made up of quotes from the Old.
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Jesus height is not mentioned in the Bible. The image is around 6 feet tall like you said. The man could have been around 5'8" or taller. Was the image made as the cloth clung to his body, did the burial cloth float off of him, or was the image made as he passed through it? This would effect the size of the image. My take, as I mentioned earlier, is that this image simply can not exist. It cannot be made by anyone using any technology in any time-period.

Skeptics reject a resurrected Christ for the simple reason that it would force them to change their behavior.
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I asked Shroud expert Russ Breault about the height question this morning and here is his response:
"Average estimate of his height is 5'10". Not unusual. Ten male bodies unearthed in Masada with heights ranging from 5'6" to 6'."
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What no one mentions is the puzzling fact that the figure on the shroud is that of a tall man--about six feet. That was tall in Bible times, and it was tall in the Middle Ages too. On the one hand, nowhere in the New Testament does it say or imply that Jesus was a head taller than almost everyone else; you'd think that would have rated a mention. On the other hand, if you're a medieval relic forger, why make him so much taller than everyone else?
Opinions? Guesses?
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