A new book based on extensive research claims that the famous shroud is not a medieval forgery.
The Turin Shroud is a linen cloth bearing the imprint of what many believe to be Jesus himself, it was said to have been used to bury his body after his crucifixion 2,000 years ago. Numerous studies have attempted to determine the authenticity of the shroud, with the most widely accepted analysis suggesting that it is was a forgery produced in medieval times.
In a new book entitled "The Mystery of the Shroud", professor Giulio Fanti has used the latest scientific analysis techniques to decide once and for all when the shroud was made. Controversially, the results seem to suggest the shroud dates back to within a few centuries of the time of Jesus, a strong indication that it is actually genuine.
"Many Catholics believe that the 14ft-long linen cloth, which bears the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man, was used to bury Christ's body when he was lifted down from the cross after being crucified 2,000 years ago."
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