John 19:38-42 After this Joseph of Arimathe'a, who was a disciple
of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might
take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took
away his body. Nicode'mus also, who had at first come to him by night, came
bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight. They
took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is
the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there
was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.
So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand,
they laid Jesus there.
John 20:1-10 Now on the first day of the week Mary
to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been
taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other
disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the
Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter
then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They
both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first;
and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not
go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw
the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not
lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the
other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and
believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from
the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.
New Scientific Evidence
The Shroud of Turin has been venerated for centuries as the true burial
shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. A faint image of what appears to be a
crucified man is present on the linen, but no evidence of the image being
anything extraordinary could be seen with the naked eye. There was no way of
understanding the image's uniqueness until
1898, when the Italian photographer, Secunda Pia, took
the first photographs of the Shroud. During the development of the
photographic print, Pia noticed the negative image on the Shroud looked like
a photographic positive. This discovery raised scientific interest that has
continued to the present day.
1988 the Shroud was subjected to radiocarbon analysis and showed the
cloth to be 14th century in its origin. The reason for the erroneous
radiocarbon dating is due to a rewoven backing or patch added to the Shroud. There is now conclusive evidence
proving the sample used to date the Shroud was actually taken from an
expertly done rewoven patch added in the middle ages. More data from
Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico indicates the linen Shroud is actually much
older than the published date from the 1988 carbon tests.
Much of the new scientific evidence has risen from the
"Shroud of Turin Research Project" or STURP, a highly respected group of
scientists who have dedicated themselves to uncovering the scientific
mysteries of the Shroud. STURP members are from these organizations:
U.S. Air Force
National Scientific Laboratories
Connecticut State University
Los Angeles County
St. Agnes Medical
U.S. Air Force
The STURP team has revealing
astounding data that now has convinced many scientists of the miraculous
origin of the image. No medieval artist or alchemist could have produced
the results present in the Shroud. Research so far has proven
The Shroud behaves as a photographic
The Shroud encodes three-dimensional (3-D) data which
corresponds to a three-dimensional body.
The image is without substance (not painted on), but rather is
due to a chemical change within the linen itself.
The image exhibits clear evidence of rigor mortis with
no evidence of decomposition of the body, suggesting the body image
occurred no later than 36 hours after death.
The Shroud image exhibits anatomical structures
clearly not in contact with the cloth and some skeletal structure, e.g., thus suggesting a type of
autoradiograph (X-Ray image).
Medical radiation imaging has, by far, come the
closest to reproducing the totality of the image. Yet, the Shroud image
remains an unduplicatable mystery.
Much of the recent research on the Shroud of Turin has been focused on the determination
of "how the image could have formed on the linen" and of "what
type of radiation could have formed the image"?
The answer to the first question of how the image formed on the linen
was fairly evident. In addressing the second question of "what type of
radiation formed the image", there are various natural and supernatural theories
that have risen in attempting to solve
this scientific mystery. Research indicates the unknown radiation is
"biophysical" in its nature. Knowledge of such "biophysical radiation"
is currently beyond our scientific understanding.
The scientific evidence revealed in the image scorched on the Shroud of
Turin certainly eludes to the miraculous resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth
and provides a tremendous witness to Jew and Gentile alike of God's
omnipotence and Jesus divine nature.
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