Shroud of Turin

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DNA Tests Open More Shroud of Turin Mysteries

It may have been made in India

(Newser) - The mysteries of the Shroud of Turin are proving to be very stubborn in the face of modern technology. An Italian team analyzed DNA from the relic some believe is the burial cloth of Jesus but failed to find conclusive proof of its origins, the Independent reports. The testing revealed... More »

Historian: Shroud of Turin a Medieval Prop

Charles Freeman dug through descriptions, depictions of it

(Newser) - You can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times . According to British historian Charles Freeman, Jesus' supposed burial cloth—believed by many to show his image after crucifixion—is a 14th-century prop that was likely used during an... More »

Study: Shroud of Turin Reveals Crucifixion's Shape

And it's not a 'T'

(Newser) - Picture Christ on the cross, as you've seen him on countless statues: The figure is, more than likely, a T-shape one. If the Shroud of Turin truly was Jesus' burial cloth, the reality is something more closely resembling a Y, according to Matteo Borrini . The forensic anthropologist was curious... More »

Study: Shroud of Turin Created by Huge Earthquake

Italian researchers believe that also explains the radiocarbon dating results

(Newser) - It's been a long-running debate: Is the Shroud of Turin a fake? A new entrant in the "no" category emerges from the pages of the journal Meccanica, where Italian researchers suggest that an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked Jerusalem in 33AD both formed the image and distorted the... More »

Turin Shroud One of 40 Fakes: Historian

Antonio Lombatti: false shrouds got around in Middle Ages

(Newser) - The Shroud of Turin is not only fake, it's one of 40 false shrouds that circulated during Medieval times, according to an Italian expert. Citing the work of a 19th-century French historian, Antonio Lombatti claims that burial cloths were fairly common in the old Christian world, the Daily Mail... More »

Professor: Shroud of Turin Sparked Resurrection Belief

Disciples thought image was 'living double of Jesus,' he says

(Newser) - As Christians prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, a Cambridge professor is claiming that a piece of cloth lies at the heart of their religion. Art historian Thomas de Wesselow has devoted much of his career to studying the Shroud of Turin. He believes it is the shroud of... More »

Shroud of Turin Can't Be Fake

Researchers think you'd need lasers to reproduce it

(Newser) - The Shroud of Turin must be real rather than a medieval forgery, an Italian study has concluded, because the markings on it could not possibly have been created with medieval technology. Scientists tried to recreate the sepia image of a crucified man that graces the shroud, and found its physical... More »

Turin Shroud Is Art, Not Relic: Book

Art historian says he has spotted artist Giotto's signature

(Newser) - The "miraculous" Shroud of Turin is not the actual burial cloth that covered Christ's body, but is merely the work of a Renaissance artist. That's the claim in an explosive new Italian book. Many Catholics believe the shroud shows a mysterious, miraculous image of Christ's body,... More »

Hitler Aimed to 'Steal' Turin Shroud

Adolf was 'obsessed' with miraculous relic

(Newser) - The Vatican hid the Shroud of Turin at an Italian abbey because Hitler was "obsessed" with the purported burial cloth of Christ and officials worried he planned to add it to his collection of stolen artworks and relics. The shroud, imprinted with the image of a face believed by... More »

2M to Visit Shroud of Turin

Mysterious cloth will be on rare display in Turin

(Newser) - Some 2 million visitors are expected to view the mysterious Shroud of Turin when it goes on display in Turin this spring. The 14-foot-long piece of linen, which is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ and to miraculously bear his image, has only gone on... More »

'Jesus-Era' Shroud Suggests Turin a Fake

First-of-its-kind find in Jerusalem casts further doubt

(Newser) - An ancient shroud found in a Jerusalem tomb confirms that the Turin Shroud, which supposedly wrapped Jesus, is a fake, according to a team of archeologists. The shroud, which they believe is typical of burial cloths of the time, is very different from the Turin version and involves a much... More »

Vatican Historian: Shroud of Turin Is Authentic

Barely visible writing has Jesus' name, she says

(Newser) - A researcher at the Vatican archives claims a nearly invisible text on the Shroud of Turin proves the authenticity of the artifact revered as Jesus' burial cloth. Author Barbara Frale says computer-enhanced images of faint Greek, Latin, and Aramaic words show the name "Jesus Nazarene" in a writing style... More »

Scientist Reproduces 'Fake' Turin Shroud

Nothing miraculous about his creation, says Italian researcher

(Newser) - The Shroud of Turin is definitely a medieval forgery, according to an Italian scientist who made one himself to prove the point. The chemistry professor made the reproduction of the shroud—believed by many to represent a miraculous image of Christ after crucifixion—using materials and techniques available during the... More »

Knights Templar Hid Shroud of Turin: Vatican

(Newser) - The Knights Templar secretly cared for the Shroud of Turin after the Crusades for more than 100 years, the Vatican announced today, apparently clearing up the mystery of the shroud's lost years. The medieval order venerated the cloth, protecting it from heretical groups and initiating members by asking them to... More »

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