Shroud of Turin may be real: New evidence

New research suggests that the Shroud of Turin, one of the Catholic Church’s holiest relics, may be the real deal.

Believed by some to have been Jesus’ burial cloth, the Shroud has been the subject of much research. The latest battery of experiments led experts to conclude the cloth may have come from the first century.
Scientists at the University of Padua in Italy used infrared light and spectroscopy (the study of a physical object’s interaction with electromagnetic radiation) to study the shroud and found that it’s actually much older than previously believed.

Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua, announced the findings in a book that hit shelves this weekend in Italy. Fanti has written several papers about the shroud, including one in 2011 that hypothesized how radiation could have caused the image of a man’s bloody face and body to appear on the cloth.

In his most recent effort, Fanti and a research team from the University of Padua conducted three tests on tiny fibers extracted from the shroud during earlier carbon-14 dating tests conducted in 1988, according to Vatican Insider. The first two tests used infrared light and Raman spectroscopy, respectively, while the third employed a test analyzing different mechanical parameters relating to voltage.

The results date the cloth to between 300 B.C. and 400 A.D..

Fanti said that researchers also found trace elements of soil “compatible with the soil of Jerusalem.”
The Shroud of Turin was several years ago examined by the Los Angeles coroner’s department.

It found evidence of a 177.5cm male weighing about 77 kilos with Jewish features and with the common AB negative blood type.

The man in the shroud had suffered numerous severe puncture wounds around the head and wrists — as you would find in a victim of crucifixion.

There was swelling over one cheek consistent with a beating and puncture wounds over his wrists.

He died of a painful heart attack and was certifiably dead.

27 thoughts on “Shroud of Turin may be real: New evidence

  1. Except that Bible said the dead body of Jesus, the Son of God, was wrapped in linen strips according to Jewish burial customs.
    Implying the linen sheet they took to the tomb was torn into linen strips.
    🙂 Ergo, the shroud of Turin was not the shroud of Jesus.
    Christianity is not about faith in relics, but faith in a resurrected Christ.


    • Not saying you’re incorrect but according to some tradition, the shroud was miraculously formed when it covered Jesus’s body in the tomb. Some people quote Matth.ew 27:59, Mark 15:46, and Luke 23:53 to justify the possibility of this miracle.
      Also The Bible states “So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen” (Mark 14:45–6). It would be grossly incorrect to think they would leave the body in the bloody cloth used on Him right away. First this was a Jewish culture that believed in cleanliness, and second, this was the Lord—care was going to be used from the moment the body was taken down.So where was that shroud in the tomb?


  2. It doesn’t matter if the shroud is fake or genuine because what matters is the redemption that comes though Jesus Christ. We will never know for sure about the shroud but it is interesting to speculate on whether it really might have been the one that covered our Lord.


  3. Would it make a difference to your faith Bryan,

    If the ‘Shroud of Turin’ was proven to be the genuine article?

    I doubt it. It would though, I think, convict some unbelievers.

    I used to believe that it was the genuine article but now I no longer do. Hearing of the abuses of so called holy relics and experiencing first hand the reality of familiar spirits attached to articles of veneration, has well and truly cured me of my fascination in the supernatural, and for me anyway, it is as it should be. The miraculous and the supernatural are real all right, and the wonder of it all adds to and enriches our growing faith, but as Jesus says, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


    • No it woulnt make any difference to my faith if the shroud was proven fake or real Mon. But O find it interesting that the new findings seem to indicate that at least it came from Jesus’ era and out of Jerusalem. But I wouldn’t worship an object.


      • Wouldn’t it be something though, if it did turn out to be the real imprint of Jesus Christ?

        Many years ago, whilst these Christian leaders whom I trust and respect were describing to me the ordeal they went through in setting hubby free from a demon, and I of course wanted to know all the details, as I listened intently to them and looked at my hubby who was standing a distance away from us talking to someone else, for an instant only, I saw the demon still clinging to my hubby’s back! I must have looked like a stunned mullet because I did not know or understand what I was seeing. But it was big! I had imagined that demons were little imps like you see depicted in movies, but it was easy as tall as me, if not taller. It was riding piggy back on him….and it was ugly!

        It wasn’t a vision in the spirit with my eyes closed as happens when in prayer but it was with my eyes wide open, whilst I was in conversation with them, and I was naturally shocked. Here they are assuring me that it was no longer there, and here I was looking straight at it! But I didn’t say a word to anyone because I was trying to process what I was seeing. Later, when I described what I had seen to my spiritual father in the faith, he assured me that what I had seen was a vision of the imprint (in the spirit) of where it had been. He assured me that it was no longer there. But you know what gives me goose bumps? The demon I saw looked like a photo negative, just like the Shroud of Turin does…, it certainly makes me wonder.


      • Carmen Tomé in her blog Utterings writes:

        “Being a photographer it has come back to my remembrance a seminar I took at Trinity Western University a few years ago. It was on the Shroud of Turin. Quite by chance a couple days ago, at Starbucks, I bumped into the professor, Dr. Phillip Wiebe, who teaches this at Trinity Western. I asked if I might photograph the copy of the shroud he has and graciously he said yes. I went to his office and took in the lifesize replicas of the shroud. The front and the back. Goosebumps. Astonishing. And fascinating thinking that it may be the oldest and first negative ever in all of history.”


      • It would indeed! …”Wouldn’t it be something though, if it did turn out to be the real imprint of Jesus Christ?”

        But how would you know? Facial recognition? DNA? A note from his mum pinned to the front of it?

        Anything but yet more angelic visitations in the dead of night, please! ;lol;


      • “But how would you know? Facial recognition? DNA? A note from his mum pinned to the front of it?”

        Yes Josh,

        You’re right. We will never know, not this side of Heaven anyway. But the Shroud certainly appears to be miraculous since it has the scientists scratching their heads as to how that image came about. I thought there was still no rational explanation to it.


  4. Can someone add details? My memory is not 100%.
    I once watched a documentary where “scientists” tested parts of the shroud.
    They found the shroud to be a hoax.
    Years later other scientists checked their procedure and it had holes in it. They took pieces from the shroud, one corner I believe. This corner, I think, was added later. If they had taken good samples they would have found a different result.
    Anyone else see it or know of this?


    • Proving that Jesus was buried in the Turin Shroud would be like proving the eye witness evidence of the Bible false.

      Here, to convince everybody that the dead body of Jesus was never in the Shroud of Turin, is the evidence in each of the four Gospels…

      Then he raised his voice in a great cry: ‘Lazarus, come forth.’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet swathed in linen bands, his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said, ‘Loose him; let him go.’ — Jn§11:43
      ——— 😆 ———
      AFTER THAT, Pilate was approached by Joseph of Arimathaea, a disciple of Jesus, but a secret disciple for fear of the Jews, who asked to be allowed to remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave the permission; so Joseph came and took the body away. He was joined by Nicodemus (the man who had first visited Jesus by night), who brought with him a mixture of myrrh and aloes, more than half a hundredweight. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen cloth according to Jewish burial-customs. Now at the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, not yet used for burial. There, because the tomb was near at hand and it was the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, they laid Jesus.

      EARLY ON THE Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance, and ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of his tomb,’ she cried, ‘and we do not know where they have laid him.’ So Peter and the other set out and made their way to the tomb. They were running side by side, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He peered in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but did not enter. Then Simon Peter came up, following him, and he went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying, and the napkin which had been over his head, not lying with the wrappings but rolled together in a place by itself. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first went in too, and he saw and believed; until then they had not understood the scriptures, which showed that he must rise from the dead.
              So the disciples went home again; but Mary stood at the tomb outside, weeping. As she wept, she peered into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They said to her, ‘Why are you weeping?’ She answered, ‘They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ With these words she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but did not recognize him. Jesus said to her, ‘Why are you weeping? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking it was the gardener, she said, ‘If it is you, sir, who removed him, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She turned to him and said, ‘Rabbuni!’ (which is Hebrew for ‘My Master’). Jesus said, ‘Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers, and tell them that I am now ascending to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’ Mary of Magdala went to the disciples with her news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ she said, and gave them his message.
      — Jn§19:38-Jn§20:18
      ——— 😆 ———
      HIS FRIENDS had all been standing at a distance; the women who had accompanied him from Galilee stood with them and watched it all.
              Now there was a man called Joseph, a member of the Council, a good, upright man, who had dissented from their policy and the action they had taken. He came from the Judaean town of Arimathaea, and he was one who looked forward to the kingdom of God. This man now approached Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Taking it down from the cross, he wrapped it in a linen sheet, and laid it in a tomb cut out of the rock, in which no one had been laid before. It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
              The women who had accompanied him from Galilee followed; they took note of the tomb and observed how his body was laid. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes; and on the Sabbath they rested in obedience to the commandment. But on the Sunday morning very early they came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared. Finding that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, they went inside; but the body was not to be found. While they stood utterly at a loss, all of a sudden two men in dazzling garments were at their side. They were terrified, and stood with eyes cast down, but the men said, ‘Why search among the dead for one who lives? Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, about the Son of Man: how he must be given up into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and must rise again on the third day.’ Then they recalled his words and, returning from the tomb, they reported all this to the Eleven and all the others.
              The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and they, with the other women, told the apostles. But the story appeared to them to be nonsense, and they would not believe them. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb, and, peering in, saw the wrappings and nothing more; and he went home amazed at what had happened.
      — Lk§23:49-Lk§24:11
      ——— 😆 ———
      A NUMBER of women were also present, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome, who had all followed him and waited on him when he was in Galilee, and there were several others who had come up to Jerusalem with him.
              By this time evening had come; and as it was Preparation-day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph of Arimathaea, a respected member of the Council, a man who looked forward to the kingdom of God, bravely went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead; so he sent for the centurion and asked him whether it was long since he died. And when he heard the centurion’s report, he gave Joseph leave to take the dead body. So Joseph bought a linen sheet, took him down from the cross, and wrapped him in the sheet. Then he laid him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance. And Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where he was laid.
              When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic oils intending to go and anoint him; and very early on the Sunday morning, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They were wondering among themselves who would roll away the stone for them from the entrance to the tomb, when they looked up and saw that the stone, huge as it was, had been rolled back already. They went into the tomb, where they saw a youth sitting on the right-hand side, wearing a white robe; and they were dumbfounded. But he said to them, ‘Fear nothing; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised again; he is not here; look, there is the place where they laid him. But go and give this message to his disciples and Peter: “He is going on before you into Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.”’ Then they went out and ran away from the tomb, beside themselves with terror. They said nothing to anybody, for they were afraid.
      — Mk§15:40-Mk§16:8
      ——— 😆 ———
      A NUMBER of women were also present, watching from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and waited on him. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
              When evening fell, there came a man of Arimathaea, Joseph by name, who was a man of means, and had himself become a disciple of Jesus. He approached Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave orders that he should have it. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen sheet, and laid it in his own unused tomb, which he had cut out of the rock; he then rolled a large stone against the entrance, and went away. Mary of Magdala was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.
              Next day, the morning after that Friday, the chief priests and the Pharisees came in a body to Pilate. ‘Your Excellency,’ they said, ‘we recall how that impostor said while he was still alive, “I am to be raised again after three days.” So will you give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day? Otherwise his disciples may come, steal the body, and then tell the people that he has been raised from the dead; and the final deception will be worse than the first.’ ‘You may have your guard,’ said Pilate; ‘go and make it secure as best you can.’ So they went and made the grave secure; they sealed the stone, and left the guard in charge.
              The women had started on their way when some of the guard went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. After meeting with the elders and conferring together, the chief priests offered the soldiers a substantial bribe and told them to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole the body while we were asleep.’ They added, ‘If this should reach the Governor’s ears, we will put matters right with him and see that you do not suffer.’ So they took the money and did as they were told. This story became widely known, and is current in Jewish circles to this day.
      — Mt§27:55-Mt§28:15

              Pretty clear, isn’t it, that everybody who looked into that tomb that morning saw linen wrappings, and the face cloth/napkin that was over his head.
              Anyone who believes those linen wrappings and the napkin over his head somehow morphed into the shroud of Jesus is having a lend of themselves. They are looking for the living Christ among the dead; let the dead bury the dead.


      • Not conclusive I’m afraid. What if the shroud of turin, or something like it, was the linen that Joseph wrapped Jesus body in? That’s in the gospels. I don’t think it’s worth making a big deal about unless you’re a literalist…and I doubt you are if you don’t follow ALL the rules in Leviticus. Personally I don’t mind either way whether the shroud is genune or not but the biblical accounts do not discount it. In fact some scholars interpret the word “strips” to be ambiguous at least. And Jewish custom was, according to some historians, to bury Jews in entire sheets of linen….much like the shroud of turin.Not with strips…However believe what you wish if it makes you feel a better Christian to do so….


      • But, but, but, why did John and Luke use the words «wrappings» instead of «linen sheet» after the resurrection? What else can the word «linen strip» mean? A truck can be driven through the holes in your argument.

        He was joined by Nicodemus (the man who had first visited Jesus by night), who brought with him a mixture of myrrh and aloes, more than half a hundredweight. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen cloth according to Jewish burial-customs.

        Actually, Luke first says “linen sheet”, and after the resurrection he uses the word “wrappings”. What happened to the linen sheet in the interim, hmmm?
        Is there any mention of biological evidence of the half a hundredweight of the myrrh and aloes on the alleged body bag of Jesus? Alas, no. Crickets chirruping. 😉
        Many so-called scholars who weren’t there don’t trust the eye-witness evidence of the people who were. Next you will be agreeing with (illiterate) Mohammed and all the other gnostics, telling us that Jesus wasn’t literally crucified like the Bible says. Or that he wasn’t literally raised from the dead. John tells what he literally witnessed just for you and me to believe.

        There were indeed many other signs that Jesus performed in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. Those here written have been recorded in order that you may hold the faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this faith you may possess life by his name. — Jn§20:30-31

        It is this same disciple who attests what has here been written. It is in fact he who wrote it, and we know that his testimony is true. — Jn§21:24


      • “There were indeed many other signs that Jesus performed in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. ”


        I am way more suspicious of someone who claims to have all the answers than someone who admits he doesn’t.


      • I dunno,

        I used to believe that the Shroud was the burial cloth of Jesus Christ once, and then I got cynical. My loss! But have a read of this article when you have the time. Amazing!

        The Authentication of the Turin Shroud:
        An Issue in Archaeological Epistemology

        by William Meacham – Archaeologist


      • Hmmm. I can work out how Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus could take a large clean linen sheet, tear it into linen strips and wrap them around Jesus body with half a hundredweight of spices. The standard Jewish burial custom, according to John; which was also applied to Lazarus. That’s the only way I can understand that Peter and John saw only linen wrappings and the napkin, and did not a mention of any linen sheet after the resurrection. So, where did the sheet of Turin suddenly come from, some several hundred years later? Deeply sus, especially given the RC trade in relics. And what was Jesus wearing after the resurrection? Methinks it wasn’t his birthday suit.


  5. The properly-proportioned face on the shroud can only have been added to a perfectly flat cloth, proof that it did not come from being wrapped round, or draped over, someone’s face.
    Imagine a piece of cloth that is draped over your face as you lie on your back. The cloth would go from one ear, up along your cheek, over your nose, back down the other cheek to you other ear. Now, how far would that be?
    Ok, then measure it.. Hold your right thumb on the rim of your right ear and extend your hand. Probably you little finger will reach the tip of your nose. Same with your other hand on the other side of your face. Now keep your little fingertips together and spread both hands out so you can see how far the thumbtips are apart.
    That’s how far apart the ears would be on an image formed on a cloth draped over your face. It would make the width of the impressed “face” about three times wider than a normal image. Nothing like what is seen on the shroud of Turin.
    If you don’t believe it, put some water colour paint on your ears and nose, drape some cloth over your face and press it so that some paint is transferred to it. Now open it up and see for yourself.
    If you don’t think this is relevant (i.e. you don’t wish to consider it) then it’s clear you will believe anything you want, whether it’s logical or not.


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  7. Archeologist Shimon Gibson with his colleagues found the tomb discovery in Jerusalem 2009. The discovery exposed remains of the man who had suffered leprosy and died tuberculosis. The researches records that deceased have lived in 1-50 A.D. (in the time of Jesus) and the tomb was obviously the family tomb of upper class or priest family.

    Gibson said that the man had been buried according to manners of the Jews at that time. The manner was that the body wrapped to linen clothes, and the head wrapped with separate face linen. Gibson said that if the person wasn’t actually dead and woke up, he could shake and blow off the face linen and shout for help.

    Professor Shimon Gibson said that the shroud of Turin doesn’t fit together for burial practices in first century Palestine. Gibson said that the shroud of Turin is a single sheet made with a twill weave. According to Gibson the twill weave was known only from the medieval period.



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