Friday, January 18, 2008

The Shroud of Turin, how old it really is?


The Shroud of Turin, (better known in Italy as La Sacra Sindone) is a woven cloth about 14 feet long and 3.5 feet wide, kept in the cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. I've been fascinated by it for so many years, and so much has been said about it. What else can be added of new?

Not much.

Anyway, It's a very old linen cloth that has an imprinted faint image of man. No one, has been able to reproduce after many attempts, anything similar to that impression from the shroud. The man, been wrapped in this old burial shroud, is believed to be Jesus'body after his crucifixion. This shroud shows presence of certain species of pollen existing (around the time of Jesus), only in the area of Jerusalem.

How really old is the Shroud?

Because of contaminations of chemical and biological type in the course of the centuries that, the scientists can't unquestionably prove the precise cloth's age, consequently the problem of the dating of the shroud is currently open to debate. This relic, after many tests and, analysis in 1988 concluded the cloth was a medieval "hoax". However, in the 2005 follow-up analysis indicated that, the sample was taken from an area of the shroud that was not a part of the original cloth. In the end, after many other tests the conclusion was that, this shroud is much older than previously thought by radiocarbon dating tests made on the Shroud in the 80's. However, some experts claim to be a lack of reliability in the carbon dating method therefore, the controversy still rages.

In my opinion, it will never be proven a more accurate age of the shroud or if, this image belongs to Jesus. In the very end, whatever debates about the Shroud concerning its authenticity or age, and whatever results will come from science, not much will change for believers.



"Turin shroud 'older than thought'

Shroud of Turin, Nasa
Tests in 1988 concluded the cloth was a medieval "hoax"
The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal."

You, can read more by following this link.


The Sudarium of Oviedo:
Its History and Relationship to the Shroud of Turin

One of the relics held by the cathedral in the town of Oviedo, in the north of Spain, is a piece of cloth measuring approximately 84 x 53 cm. There is no image on this cloth. Only stains are visible to the eye, although more is visible under the microscope. The remarkable thing about this cloth is that both tradition and scientific studies claim that the cloth was used to cover and clean the face of Jesus after the crucifixion. We are going to present and look into these claims.

You, can read more by following this link.

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