The Shroud of Turin

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The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin is a rectangular linen cloth, measuring approximately 4.4 x 1.1 Meters (14.4 x 3.6 feet) and is believed by millions to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. It is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, from which it derives its most common name - The Shroud of Turin.

Above painting by Giulio Clovio, shows how Jesus was wrapped in a large linen sheet known as a shroud.  This form of burial was the Jewish custom at the time of Jesus. In the Bible this cloth is described "Joseph [of Arimathea] took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock." Matthew 27:59-60sus.

The Shroud of Turin has a faint impression of a human body on it. On May 28, 1898 an amateur Italian photographer, Mr. Secondo Pia, took the first photograph of the shroud. He was startled by the resulting negative which seemed to give the appearance of a positive image. This means that the image on the Shroud itself is a negative

LEFT: Actual imprint on the Shroud, RIGHT: The photo negative

It bears the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. The origins of the shroud and its image are the subject of intense debate among scientists, theologians, historians and researchers. The Catholic Church has neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, but in 1958 Pope Pius XII approved of the image in association with the Roman Catholic devotion to the holy face of Jesus.

The shroud is wrapped in red silk and kept in a silver chest in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy since 1578. The shroud is unquestionably old. Its history is known from the year 1357, when it surfaced in the tiny village of Lirey, France. Until recent reports from San Antonio, most of the scientific world accepted the findings of carbon dating carried out in...
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