Scientific Tests Determine Age of the Shroud?

New scientific experiments carried out at the University of Padua have apparently confirmed that the Shroud Turin can be dated back to the 1st century AD. This makes its compatible with the tradition which claims that the cloth with the image of the crucified man imprinted on it is the very one Jesus’ body was wrapped in when he was taken off the cross. The news will be published in a book by Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua’s Engineering Faculty, and journalist Saverio Gaeta, out tomorrow. “Il Mistero della Sindone” (The Mystery of the Shroud) is edited by Rizzoli (240 pp, 18 Euro).

via New experiments on Shroud show it’s not medieval – Vatican Insider.

I want to see the report before I cast doubt on the claims

Post By Joel L. Watts (10,125 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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12 thoughts on “Scientific Tests Determine Age of the Shroud?

  1. I’m sure they do. But unless the date of the shroud can be placed to within Jesus’s lifetime (which hard science deals with), those questions would have much less interest to the study of New Testament history.

    Meanwhile, I’m finding that this new study is already creating a kerfuffle, which I expect to become a major brouhaha. There, I just got to use two of my favorite words.

  2. Very thoughtful post, Danusha. I left a comment at your blog. A number of scientists have argued that there is reasonable doubt about the C-14 date, saying that it based on a area of the Shroud that was re-woven in the 14th century. I think this additional evidence, along with arguments such as yours, presents a strong enough case to re-do the C-14 test.

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