Saturday, November 2, 2013

Shroud of Turin

Author: Sean Day


The Shroud of Turin is an ancient bloodstained piece of linen cloth with the imprinted image of a crucified man. Millions of people believe the image is that of Jesus of Nazareth, the man that claimed to be the son of God, and that the Shroud of Turin is the cloth he was buried in. It has also become one of the most studied artifacts in human history.

The most argued factor about the Shroud is that if it is real or not, some believe that it is and others believe it is a medieval forgery. Scientists have done countless DNA and other tests on the cloth and have determined that the image was formed by a burst of UV light and it is believed to be far too complex to have been forged in medieval times.
            People have also debated that the Shroud of Turin is not the burial cloth of Jesus, but is the tablecloth used at the last supper, although true believers continue to believe that it is a part of the miracle resurrection of Jesus.

Works Cited
Whiting, Brendan. "Dating_The_Shroud." Dating_The_Shroud. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2013. 

Links for Further Research:
Gives basic information about the Shroud of Turin and offers opinions on whether it is fake or not.
Gives information on the bloodstains and DNA tests, also on Jewish culture.
Offers historical information and gives detail on more recent analysis of the Shroud.