This author makes Simcha look like N.T. Wright – No, the Shroud didn’t inspire the Gospels.

The Shroud of Turin has been seen as many things over the past 620 years, ranging from true burial cloth of the risen Jesus to clever medieval fake, but Cambridge art historian Thomas de Wesselow puts together a 448-page-long case for one of the lesser-known theories in his new book, “The Sign”: that the shroud’s negative image of a naked, bloodied man was really produced by Jesus’ decomposition, and that the stories of his resurrection were inspired by the display of that cloth to his earliest disciples.

via Cosmic Log – Holy Shroud! Was resurrection story inspired by the cloth?.

You can find the press release here

I have no polite words I can publish on this blog or say out loud… as a matter of fact, I need to go an repent.

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6 Replies to “This author makes Simcha look like N.T. Wright – No, the Shroud didn’t inspire the Gospels.”

  1. i was initially confused by your title. someone making simcha look like nt wright? what can that mean? nt wright is to nt theology what simcha is to archaeology so how can some shroud nutbag be, comparatively speaking, that bad?

    and then it hit me- you meant it as a compliment to wright and an exaltation of simcha, comparatively. got it!

  2. I dont think he is suggesting the shroud inspired the gospels.. just the resurrection part of it.. presumably he thinks that apart from the shroud we’d have a few nice stories about a first century magician and wannabe messiah.

    Of course, I wonder how these people get to teach at places like Cambridge… I wouldnt let them teach at my daughters preschool.

  3. I have contributed a review to Amazon.co.uk. The book falls apart as soon as it is analysed in any detail. I am just sorry that de Wesselow spent so many years of his life secretly working on it on it when early discussion with established scholars in Cambridge could have warned him off his speculations. Charles Freeman , author of Holy Bones, Holy Dust, How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe (Yale University Press, 2011).

  4. Mr Freeman’s review at Amazon has not been well received, and appears to be an elaborate way of promoting his own book. Which I see is mentioned here, too.

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