Shroud of Turin – The Real Holy Face of Jesus
Is the Shroud of Turin fake or real?
The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth believed by some to have covered the buried body of Jesus Christ. Accounts of Jesus’ followers wrapping his body with a linen cloth are mentioned in all four gospels (Matthew 27:59,Mark 15:46,Â Luke 23:53,Â John 19:40). The shroud, which has a known history dating back to 1353, is about 14-feet long by four feet wide. It is called the Shroud of Turin because it permanently resides in the city of Turin, Italy, though on occasion it is exhibited elsewhere.
The shroud bears markings that appear to be front and back impressions of a crucified man. Apparently, the cloth was folded over itself, one half above the man, the other half below. Interestingly, the man’s wounds are consistent with the wounds inflicted upon Jesus during the torture He endured leading up to His crucifixion. There appear to be wounds around the hairline, matching the biblical description of the crown of thorns. Several small stripe-like wounds extend from the shoulders to the lower legs, matching the biblical description of His torture by whipping. There is also a wound in the area of the chest, which matches the description of the piercing wound inflicted on Jesus shortly after His death.
Shroud of Turin – Experts say
What do experts think about the Shroud of Turin? That depends on who you ask. Some experts consider the Shroud of Turin to be authentic, while others believe that it is a rather sophisticated hoax. A few people have even claimed that the shroud was never intended to be anything more than a work of art. This explanation doesn’t seem probable because of the shroud’s unique design, a style that had never been observed in any previous major work of art. This fact leads most experts to conclude that the shroud is either authentic or it is purposely designed to look as if it is authentic.
The ‘Holy face of Jesus’ picture, the holiest of all Jesus Pictures, has been venerated by Saints like St. Francis DeSales, St. John Don Bosco, Pope Saint Pius X and revealed by miraculous visions to Saint ThÃ©rÃ¨se of Lisieux (Little Flower) and to Blessed Sister Maria Pierina De Micheli (beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 30, 2010). All these holy souls believed and venerated the image on the Shroud as the true picture of Jesus.
All our recent Popes have strongly asked us to venerate the ‘Holy face of Jesus’. Their quotes on the Holy Shroud picture are given further down on this page, but we will highlight here just one quote, by our late saintly Polish Pope, Pope John Paul II -Â “Why don’t we contemplate the Icon of Icons: The Holy Face of Jesus! Instead of icons made by man, let us venerate the greatest icon of all: The Holy Face of Jesus!”
The burial cloth of Jesus had been kept hidden, for most of the time, during the 2000 years of its history, for the safety and protection of this most holy relic. Since the year 1578, the holy Shroud is preserved with utmost care in the Royal Chapel of the ex-kings of Italy, in the city of Turin. Since the holy Shroud is preserved and kept in the Royal Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, it is commonly referred to as the ‘Shroud of Turin’ or the ‘Turin Shroud’.
More on the Shroud of Turin at this website.
What do you think? Is the Shroud of Turin real or fake?
6 thoughts on “Shroud of Turin – Holy Face of Jesus”
Some miscellaneous observations about the Shroud, and then a pet theory of mine.
1. The Shroud is a twill. A twill is a type of fabric woven with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs. It is made by passing the weft thread over one or more warp threads and then under two or more warp. This type of fabric was rare in the Canaan in the time of Jesus, but already in use in Europe. It suggest Jesus was well liked by people who traveled or were well-to-do fabric importers.
Some people use the twill observation to suggest the Shroud is not Jesus’, i.e. fake. Bah! My pocket watch was made in Russia.
2. There was a repair job done to the Shroud in the 14th century. For some curious reason, Carbon 14 dating samples have been taken only in the repaired area The 14th Century date of the repairs was confirmed. Yawn. Please lets encourage the Vatican to do a more serious sample of the Shroud from somewhere in the main field of the fabric.
3. Getting the picture of the face is interesting. Most often the shroud is treated as a 2 dimensional contact negative. Print result is a scowling, druidic looking face. But the shroud would have been laid over a 3-dimensional face. In 2005, the graphic information was treated this way, and a far more Jewish looking face emerged — more like the one Jesus really wears.
If the shroud is merely art, it is far more sophisticated art than what was probably possible to produce. Also, to treat the image as art suggests a very unlikely scenario that generations of viewers would be able to understand such 3-d viewing.
So the shroud was made by some sort of 3-d imaging system that is unique in the history of the world.
This gets exciting!
How did the image get on the cloth? The â€œflashâ€ (what to call it?) of God acting in His creation imprinted the image information on the Shroud. That suggests we can recover the information and get a look at an image of Jesus “real” face. If the image information print on the shroud is treated as a multiple dimension emanation, the resulting image is a cloud.
So there was some sort of orderly process in imprinting the image. The “Jewish face” reconstruction was done by treating the shroud as if it were a progressive 2-dimensional information array… somewhat like a modern computer scanner generates. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1263266/Real-face-Jesus-developed-Turin-Shroud-unveiled-U-S-television.html The lead image there is one of the man Jesus who was tortured, so be aware. Its graphic.
I suspect when Jesus was resurrected, it happened in a flash. But even with God, a flash may progress in an orderly way. From the way the image information was restored, it appears God revived Jesus remains from head to foot (or possibly foot to head), although this would have happened very quickly in our time frame.
4. Here’s where I let my imagination go for a little jaunt. Its kind of a wild idea, but with a possible insight into the kind of physics God uses with us.
No doubt you’ve read about mathematical models of the universe which call for multiple dimensions beyond our normal 3-d space plus time. Most of these dimensions are very tiny, but recall they are at right angles to everything you can see. Now, God is much more and greater than His creation, and totally unconfined by any of creation’s limitations. Apparently God uses these tiny dimensions to enter His creation. God would be unseen, but everywhere only a tiny distance away. Very cool!
Our God is Very Impressive!
I love shroud of Turin. I love the mystery behind it, I even like the shows that try to debunk it. Thanks for posting!
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The the image on the Holy Shroud is the “Sign of Jonah” which was prophesied by Rabbi Yehoshua ben Yosef as “The only sign that will be given…” And it is indeed the “only sign” that was permanent and with us even today.
I am an Italian film scientist who decoded the Holy Shroud on the 10th February 2011 revealing now skin and hair on the face and body. Go to youtube search Vincenzo Ruello on any clip click my blue channel name vinnypop you will enter the channel and see all the Shroud decoded clips and images you will see the true face of Jesus Christ the way He looks. I have used no CGI or photoshop. Please print this comment Godbless you all from Vincenzo Ruello I have achieved what was thought to be impossible and provan it is not a painting
THE BLESSED FACE OF JESUS ON THE SHROUD OF TURIN IS GENUINE.
I STRONGLY URGE ALL TO CARRY A SMALL COPY IN A PLASTIC SLEEVE.
WHEN IN PRAYER PLACE IT ON YOUR RIGHT TEMPLE AND PRAY.
GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN.
IN MY LIFE WHEN I DO THIS AND PRAY– THE HOLY SPIRIT OVERCOMES MY CONSCIOUS MIND AND GUIDES ME.
IT IS TRULY MIRACULOUS.
GOD WANTS US TO COME TO HIM THRU JESUS HIS SON.
MARY HIS MOTHER IS ALSO A MOST POWERFUL ADVOCATE.
PRAY TO HER WITH THE ROSARY AND MY ALL MEANS SAY THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA DAILY.
SAINT ANN HER MOTHER IS ALSO A SUPER ADVOCATE.
MIRACLES HAPPEN THRU HER INTERSESSION.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR GUARDIAN ANGLE AND ALL THE SAINTS.
THEY ARE PLUGGING AWAY FOR US.
THEY ROOT FOR US.
LIFE IS LIKE A FOOTBALL GAME.
IF WE ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE OUR COACH, WE WILL ALWAYS WIN.
LIFE IS GREAT TEST.
GOD WANTS A VOLUNTEER ARMY.
HE WANTS US TO BE CLOSE TO HIM DAILY.
HE WANTS US TO CHAT WITH HIM MANY TIMES A DAY.
HE WANTS OTHERS TO SEE THAT WE ARE AT PEACE.
OTHERS WILL ASK WHY WE ARE AT PEACE AND SMILING ALL THE TIME?
THE ANSWER IS “WE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS”
GOD IS BEING SHOVED ASIDE BY THE MEDIA.
GOD IS BEING PUSHED ASIDE ONLY TO BE CALLED UPON WHEN WE ARE IN NEED AND TROUBLE.
THIS IS NOT FAIR. GOD MADE US. WE DID NOT MAKE OURSELVES. HE LOVES US AND WANTS TO INCORPORATE US UNTO HIMSELF AND MAKE US ONE WITH HIM.
FATHER WALTER CISZEK, S. J. WAS WITH ME ONE MORNING AT FORDHAM IN THE BRONX. I WAS ASKING HIM WHAT WAS LIFE ALL ABOUT.
HE TURNED WHITE AS A STONE STATUE AND A BRIGHT LIGHT CAME DOWN UPON HIM AND HE UTTERED THESE WORDS.
“GOD WOKE UP ONE MORNING–LOOKED AT HIMSELF IN A MIRROR–FELL IN LOVE WITH HIMSELF AND CREATED US.”
PAX DOMINI CHRISTOS–CIAO
I believe this picture is impressive. It matches what is in the Bible (King James Version). How wonderful to see what my Saiour might have looked like. Praise the Lord!!!