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Was the Turin Shroud a medieval Easter prop?

By T.K. Randall
October 28, 2014 · Comment icon 24 comments



Is the Turin Shroud really 2,000 years old ? Image Credit: CC 3.0 Mogadir
A British scholar and author has claimed that the controversial relic is not from the time of Jesus.
The famous shroud, which many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus himself, has been the subject of debate for years.

Radiocarbon-dating has suggested that the shroud is not actually from the time of Jesus at all but from the medieval period, however conflicting studies and opinions have made it difficult to reach a definitive conclusion over its origins and millions of people continue to believe that it really does bear the image of Christ.

British scholar and author Charles Freeman however is not convinced. In his latest research he maintains that the shroud does date back to the medieval period as suggested but that rather than being a deliberate forgery it was actually a theatrical prop used in the Easter rituals of the time.
"On Easter morning the gospel accounts of the resurrection would be re-enacted with ‘disciples’ acting out a presentation in which they would enter a makeshift tomb and bring out the grave clothes to show that Christ had indeed risen," he wrote.

Freeman's conclusions are based on historical accounts and depictions of the shroud and on recognizing that its appearance is likely to have changed significantly over the centuries.

"Astonishingly, few researchers appear to have grasped that the shroud looked very different in the 16th and 17th centuries from the object we see today," he wrote.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by kyleness 8 years ago
I see no reason to disbelieve the carbon dating indicating it is medieval. You are right. What he tested did come from medieval times. However, the shroud has been repaired many times with new cloth to preserve it. They dated the wrong part, one which WAs added in that period. And the thought is that the impression was left during resurrection, thus leaving a one d image from the radiation, which makes sense. I didn't know the nefelim bloodline was traced to the Scottish rite. Very interesting, thank you for that. It makes a lot of sense. I'll have to do some research
Comment icon #16 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
I have no reason to doubt the 1988 carbon dating. A number of dubious claims have been made about this, the main one is that the shroud was repaired twice that we know of and it has been said that modern thread contaminated the old cloth giving an average result in the medieval period. This is improbable for a number of reasons. A sample of about 30 by 70 mm (say 1 1/4 by 2 3/4 inch) was taken from the bottom left. It is unlikely that there would have been extensive repairs there or to the whole of the sample. Second, claims that the repairs were "invisible" seem to me to be desperate. Third, ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
When carbon dating was first invented and calibrated, what was used as a control to prove its accuracy? What could they say is a million years old and yes there are the results..... Exactly a million! Even if decay is a mathematical probability, who's to say the equation is accurate 10000 plus years out without a control? You would have to have something that is 10K with 100% certainty to use and that does not exist. I am no expert but I do wonder how? Someone is going to show me how the decay is a mathematical certainty and I would ask how, Faith? prove it! \Carbon 14 dating is no good for ma... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Rlyeh 8 years ago
The Knight’s Templars came together again in 1776 as the Illuminati who orchestrate the New World Order and New Age Religion in preparation to bring in the Antichrist. ... Also the blood found was AB RH Negative which is the rarest blood type of those in the lineage of the descendants of the Nephilim who became the Merovingian royal lineage of France later to become the Scottish Rite of freemasonry. Typically there is no evidence to support the babble presented.
Comment icon #19 Posted by HollyDolly 8 years ago
Colin Wilson wrote about about th eshroud that is rahter interesting. I myself think it's not a medieval forgery,but that's me. Wilson has in his book several examples of paintings made to represent the shroud we know today. These paintings don't have many of the qualities of the shroud. Also,the shroud has been repaired at various times.I understand there are some small burn holes in it.He has an illustration from a medieval hungarian book,,forgot what century,that shows the shroud and has the same marks as on the shroud itsself. The problem is no one wants to desytroy the image on it.It woul... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by HerNibs 8 years ago
Put Lemon juice on your Face.Gently lay a white cloth on your Face.Put the cloth in the Oven at 200*F for 20 minutes.Then see what you get. A rash on your face and a smelly kitchen. Nibs
Comment icon #21 Posted by fullywired 8 years ago
Put Lemon juice on your Face.Gently lay a white cloth on your Face.Put the cloth in the Oven at 200*F for 20 minutes.Then see what you get. minus you head I presume fullywired
Comment icon #22 Posted by keithisco 8 years ago
Proof the Shroud of Turin is a Knights Templar idol. In 1357, the shroud was first publicly displayed by the widow of a nobleman known as Geoffrey of Charney, described by some sources as being a member of the family of the grandson of Geoffroi de Charney, who was burned at the stake with De Molay the head of the Templars. The shroud's origins are still a matter of controversy, but in 1988, a carbon dating analysis concluded that the shroud was made between 1260 and 1390, a span that includes the last half-century of the Templar’s' existence. It was used as a prop in an Astarte (Easter) re-ena... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Rafterman 8 years ago
When carbon dating was first invented and calibrated, what was used as a control to prove its accuracy? What could they say is a million years old and yes there are the results..... Exactly a million! Even if decay is a mathematical probability, who's to say the equation is accurate 10000 plus years out without a control? You would have to have something that is 10K with 100% certainty to use and that does not exist. I am no expert but I do wonder how? Someone is going to show me how the decay is a mathematical certainty and I would ask how, Faith? prove it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioc... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by HollyDolly 8 years ago
The Shroud if real may have been taken by th eTemplars during the sack of Constantinople ages ago and held by the Templars. Somehow it got into the hands of the Charney family. There is another somewhat similar story to another object associated with Christ. In Rome in one of the churches was said to be the Holy Veil of St.Veronica with Jesus's face on it. At some point in timeprobably during the sack of Rome during the 16th century it disappeared. Something similar turned up in the town of Manapello.There is a website that shows this image of Christ's face and has a history of it.The image is... [More]


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