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New scientific dating on the Shroud of Turin dates it to the first century


Shroud of Turin. Photo of original on left and negative digitally enhanced image on the right.
Credit: Dianelos Georgoudis/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 3.0

Some believe that the Shroud of Turin located in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, is the burial cloth that was wrapped around Jesus’ body after his crucifixion.

At the Lord’s resurrection, an image was burned into the cloth that is still visible today. That image seems to portray a man with long hair, a beard, and marks of the crucifixion.

Previous carbon dating, done on the cloth in 1988, dated it to around the 1500s. However, there have been questions about the accuracy of that procedure because of how easily cloth can be contaminated.

A new dating procedure conducted recently dated the cloth to the first century, or the time of Christ’s death and resurrection.

CBN explains:

A new scientific method revealed that the Shroud of Turin may truly originate from the 1st Century, around the time of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Italian scientist Liberato De Caro told the National Catholic Register (NCR) that his fabric test shows the Shroud is roughly 2,000 years old. De Caro and his colleagues made the discovery by utilizing a technique called “Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering” (WAXS).

READ: New Scientific Test Dates Shroud of Turin to the Time of Christ’s Death

What the Bible says about the Shroud of Turin

Personally, I am not convinced that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Christ because it is made up of one cloth.

Protestant reformer John Calvin (1509 – 1564) was among the first to question the authenticity of the Shroud by pointing out that the Bible says Jesus was wrapped in two pieces of cloth, one for his head and one for the Lord’s body.

And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. (John 20: 6-7 NASV)

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