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The Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is an ancient paranormal artifact that appears to depict image of Jesus Christ. The image appears to be that of a man that experienced extreme physical abuse one would expect as a result of crucifixion and flaying. The cloth is believed by many to be the burial shroud placed on Jesus Christ right after he was crucified. Many believe the image was imprinted onto the cloth during the resurrection. It is believed that Peter found the shroud in the tomb and later brought it to Turkey where it was lost. It laid undiscovered until after being rediscovered, a Byzantine emperor commanded it be brought to Constantinople.

The reason the Shroud of Turin is so controversial is because many believe that this is nothing short of a medieval hoax. Millions believe the cloth actually came in contact with Jesus Christ and have vowed to continue tests on the shroud to prove its authenticity. Despite being one of the most analyzed pieces of cloth in the world, the mystery surrounding the Shroud of Turin continues to grow many centuries later. The front and the back of the shroud show a man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the accounts of what the gospel say happened to Jesus.

The shroud was moved from France in 1532 to Turin Italy where it remains to this day. When the shroud was on display, an Italian photographer named Secondo Pia, took a photo of the shroud and was astonished at what he saw when he looked at the negative. The negative showed a perfect image of a man. Pia was ridiculed for making outlandish claims to boost his photography career. However, professional photographers began proving that what image Pia took was in fact authentic. The mystery over how an image in negative could create such a clear picture of a man’s face started the controversy. His findings were backed up in 1931 and later in 1978 by some authorities in the field.

The Shroud of Turin has been investigated over and over for the possibility of a hoax. Many of the stains are consistent with blood and there is absolutely no trace of a paint or ink dye that could have been used to fake the impression. Many scientists have tried to recreate the image on the cloth by way of modern technology. None have been successful in creating the image.

Testing on the Shroud of Turin has done using C14 Dating testing. Three different tests were done using this highly advanced and accurate testing procedure, and all three confirmed the date of the material to be from 1260-1390 AD. It was later shown the scientists used contaminated samples.

However, with more recent testing done on the Shroud of Turin, some pretty amazing findings have been uncovered that can not be explained. The tests revealed the man in the image did in fact suffer severe beatings because bilirubin was found in high concentration on the cloth. Images of flowers found on the shroud are consistent with those found in Jerusalem in 29 AD. The coins that were placed on the eyes of the man in the image were also from 29 AD, the time that Jesus was believed to walked the Earth. These coins are very unique to the region, and more importantly were dedicated to the Emperor of the time and only found in Israel. The fascinating journey of the Shroud of Turin has many people questioning their faith, and one thing is known for sure. The Shroud of Turin today remains one of the greatest paranormal mysteries of our time.

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