The Shroud of Turin

The mysterious Shroud of Turin has now become world famous. Is it really the burial cloth of Jesus Christ as so many hope and believe?

The shroud has been kept in the cathedral in Turin, Italy since 1578. Its history cannot be traced with certainty farther back than 1357, when it was discovered in Lirey, France.

The single sheet of cloth measures 14 feet, 3 inches (4.3 meters) long, and 3 feet, 7 inches (1.0 meter) wide. It shows the full-length front and back images of a man (see photo below), apparently dead, with crucifixion wounds - a common method of execution by the Romans (see How Did Jesus Christ Die?). Many have claimed that the man on the cloth, whose face is shown in the close-up photo at left, is actually Jesus Christ.

Could the Shroud of Turin really be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ? Should the cloth be held as a sacred object, as so many millions of people do?

A few points to consider:

There is much that remains unexplained about the Shroud of Turin, including the question of how the image was made on the cloth. It certainly is a valuable old artifact, however there is now very little evidence to support the belief that it originated at the time of Jesus Christ, or that it was His burial shroud.

Fact Finder: Who was the very first person to speak with Jesus Christ after His resurrection?
John 20:1,10-18
See also Mary of Magdala

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