Dating shroud of turin
Called the Shroud of Turin, it is claimed to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ.
Strangely, it bears the full-length frontal and dorsal negative imprint of a man’s body (figure 1).
Controversy surrounds the Shroud of Turin (hereafter ‘the Shroud’), which some say is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
This cloth shows the front and rear image of a man who appears to have undergone a lot of torture.
However, despite their attempted re-evaluation of the radiocarbon dates, the only conclusion one can draw from them is that the Shroud is not 2,000 years old.
We reject the idea that Jesus’ body disappeared from within the Shroud while emitting neutron radiation, which supposedly left traces on the front and rear sides of the Shroud.
The Jews buried Jesus with a face cloth, which disqualifies the Shroud as being the burial cloth of Christ.
Furthermore, Jesus was buried with seventy-five pounds of extremely sticky spices, according to John , whereas the Shroud shows no signs of them.
Is it possibly a by-product of naturally occurring chemical processes? Different groups have different stakes as to whether the Shroud is real.
Figure 1: The Shroud of Turin contains a faint dorsal (top half) and frontal (lower half) image of a man, with many features paralleling the Crucifixion.
Yet, the historical record of the Shroud is spotty, multiple features on it conflict with the biblical record of events, and carbon dating places it squarely in the medieval era.
The first is Mark Antonacci’s 2015 book, Antonacci is a lawyer and founder and president of Test the Shroud Foundation.
He is a leading expert on the Shroud of Turin and has spent 30 years studying it.