The shroud of Turin

Here is what Wikipedia says about the shroud of Turin.

The Shroud of Turin is a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion.  There is no consensus yet on exactly how the image was created, and it is believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth.

Scientists have studied the shroud and haven’t been able to determine whether or not the image is that of Jesus but there is another way to answer the question.  That is to study what the Bible says about what Jesus was buried in and see if it matches the description of the shroud.  John’s gospel give us the information we need.

First it describes how the body was prepared for burial.

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.   
John 19:38-40

Then it tells us what was found in the tomb after the resurrection.

So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.   
John 20:3-7

The Bible says that the body of Jesus was wrapped in linen cloths and his face was covered with a linen cloth.  Here is Wikipedia’s description of the shroud.

The shroud is rectangular, measuring approximately 4.4 x 1.1 m (14.3 x 3.7).

Jesus was not buried in a shroud at all but his body was wrapped in cloths.  There is no possibility that the shroud of Turin is the shroud of Jesus.

Posted on March 5, 2014, in Bible study and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Anyone who has done 3D object texturing (especially of humans) understands just by looking at the cloth that it is not authentic. The image is of a 2 dimensional face, which would occur if a photograph was taken of the man supposedly wrapped in the cloth. But if it were made by wrapping him in it, then the face displayed would be MUCH wider.

    Not to mention that the front and back images are different heights, and the position of the body is LITERALLY impossible.

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