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Did an earthquake create the Turin Shroud ?

Posted on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 | Comment icon 37 comments

The shroud is thought to bear the image of Christ. Image Credit: CC 3.0 Mogadir

Scientists in Italy believe that the image of Christ on the shroud may have been caused by an earthquake.

For years the Turin Shroud, a length of linen cloth thought to bear the image of Christ after his crucifixion, has been at the center of controversy and debate. Some maintain that the shroud is likely to be the genuine article while others are more skeptical, believing it instead to be a medieval forgery.

Now a research team from Italy has weighed in on the debate by claiming that a powerful earthquake that took place in 33 AD triggered a release of neutron particles, effectively imprinting the image of Jesus' body on the cloth like an X-ray.

In addition to explaining the origins of the image, the research also suggests that a corresponding increase in the level of carbon-14 isotopes in the cloth could have fooled radiocarbon tests that indicated that the shroud was only 768 years old.

"We believe it is possible that neutron emissions by earthquakes could have induced the image formation on the Shroud's linen fibres, through thermal neutron capture on nitrogen nuclei, and could also have caused a wrong radiocarbon dating," said Professor Alberto Carpinteri who led the study.

Source: Independent | Comments (37)

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Comment icon #28 Posted by toast on 13 February, 2014, 11:25
Wash+tumble it!
Comment icon #29 Posted by davros of skaro on 13 February, 2014, 11:44
Jews were all over, because they were merchant traders.Philo lived in Alexandria, and he made the pilgrimage to Judea for Passover at least once.There were Jews in Rome too. "Under the Romans, Corinth was rebuilt as a major city in Southern Greece or Achaia. It had a large mixed population of Romans, Greeks, and Jews." Leviticus 19 27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. What is "at the sides of your head" mean, and did Jesus clip off edges of his beard in def... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Sundew on 13 February, 2014, 16:27
The town of Nazareth has nothing what-so-ever to do with a Nazirite vow, it is merely a place name like New York or London. The Flintstones were directly based on the old black and white TV show "The Honeymooners" staring Jackie Gleason.
Comment icon #31 Posted by davros of skaro on 13 February, 2014, 23:48
Well ure never mentions Jesus taking a vow, and no mention of a shroud with his full body image.There have been supposed cloths with Jesus's face on it.Not untill the middle ages does this Shroud get mentioned, and is mentioned as a forgery. John 20:6-7 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Yes. The Honeymooners is a classic with many imitators since then in one form, or another.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Leonardo on 14 February, 2014, 18:37
It's not even been shown that earthquakes produce neutron radiation - that in itself is only a hypothesis. So, the hypothesis that the Shroud is a result of such 'earthquake-induced neutron radiation' is even further removed from being a sound observation.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Decemberwriter70 on 22 February, 2014, 21:36
It's not real. Can we move on now?
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker on 24 February, 2014, 5:51
I suppose some of the Corinthians could have been Jews. Doesn't the Leviticus quote actually square up with long hair?
Comment icon #35 Posted by DieChecker on 24 February, 2014, 5:54
The one links goes on about how the corners are dirty and that is how they appeared to be a different color, rather then due to a repair. How clean does a sample have to be to get an accurate C-14 test? Would the "greasy dirt" have been hard to get off, and would they have seriously chemically treated the bit of cloth to get the dirt off before doing the C-14 test? Wouldn't even using some kind of soap have affected the test somewhat? Basically what I read was not that there was no repairs done, but that it is the articles opinon that there should never have been a need for ... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Rlyeh on 24 February, 2014, 10:48
I thought it was pointing out rather than using the claim the piece was dirty to explain the discoloration, the repair excuse was used, even though there was no signs of repair to the part that was tested.
Comment icon #37 Posted by DieChecker on 24 February, 2014, 21:13
It said in the one article that they didn't know why the excuse of a repair was even used, when the dirt and grease alone would ruin the C-14 test. (page 5) Thus, I wonder what the C-14 testers did to the fragments they tested, if anything? Is there a good way to get the dirt and grease off the fibers in order to get a correct C-14 test? I'm assuming there is, but I don't know what it might be, and so I am curious. And whether that procedure was used on the Shroud fibers or now would also be interesting to know.

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