Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man, is believed by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. It was discovered in 13-14 century. It measures 4.4 meters by 1.0 meter. In the center of the cloth, the faint front and back imprint of a man's body can be seen. The man's image bears signs of crucifixion.

Pros:

  • Radiation could have caused the image of a mans bloody face and body to appear on the cloth. There was three carbon 14 tests conducted. The first two tests used infrared light and Raman spectroscopy, respectively, while the third employed a test analyzing different mechanical parameters relating to voltage. In the end the carbon 14 test concluded that the linen was medieval forgery.
  • Flowers and other plant materials were placed on the Shroud of Turin, leaving pollen grains and imprints of plants and flowers on the linen cloth. Analyzing the pollen grains it was said that, that combination of species could only be found in the months of March and April in the region of Jerusalem during that time.
  • DNA was also found on the shroud. The strongest genetic DNA seemed to come from areas in and around the Middle East and the Caucasus, not far from where Jesus was buried, and consistent with the early folklore surrounding the object.
  • The Gospel of Matthew notes that "the earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open" after Jesus was crucified. So geologists have argued that an earthquake at Jesus' death could have released a burst of neutrons. The neutron burst not only would have thrown off the radiocarbon dating but also would have led to the darkened imprint on the shroud
  • Clearly seen on the body of the crucified man in the Shroud are markings that are consistent with the Gospel accounts of Christs Passion. You can count over 100 whip marks, possibly from the Roman soldiers and see on his wrists and feet obvious wounds that could have been from large spikes.

Cons:

  • Radiocarbon dating carried out by Oxford University in 1988 found out the Shroud was only 728 years old.
  • John 20:7 says there was a “cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.” This description of the actual burial clothes “strips” of linen, rather than one large piece and a separate cloth to cover the head, so this isnt like the claim that the Shroud of Turin is the burial shroud of Christ.
  • According to Jewish burial practices, Jesus’ body would have been washed and covered with burial spices, and the body wound in multiple cloths of plain linen. The opposite from the Shroud of Turin.
  • Forensic serologists reported that the red substance failed all microscopical, chemical, biological, and instrumental tests for blood. Instead, there were reddish grains that would not even dissolve in substances that dissolve blood.
In my opinion its hard to decide whether it is real or fake. I really have no idea maybe it is, but it also could be something that a regular person just made up. To me I understand more all the reasons that it could be fake. I think that it is fake because of what they found out about the blood, radiation because they said it was only 728 years old and especially the Jewish burial practices because they cleaned the body always before burial. All of those have the biggest influence on my choice.

Sources: Cons-cite sources: 1.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10631973/Turin-Shroud-may-date-from-time-of-Jesus.html 2.https://www.gotquestions.org/shroud-of-Turin.html 3.https://cruxnow.com/church/2015/04/23/ahead-of-papal-visit-mystery-remains-over-shroud-of-turin/ 4.http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/fake_turin_shroud_deceives_national_geographic_author

Pros—cite sources: 1.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/28/shroud-of-turin-real-jesus_n_2971850.html 2.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/08/990803073154.htm 3.https://cruxnow.com/church/2015/04/23/ahead-of-papal-visit-mystery-remains-over-shroud-of-turin/

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