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The Shroud of Turin December 28, 2011

Posted by roberttalley in Archaeology, Christ, Death of Christ, Easter, Gary Habermas, Jesus, Resurrection, Shroud of Turin.

Check out the article from Friday and the evangelical perspective on the Shroud of Turin.


The essay can be found at http://www.garyhabermas/articles. It is also available at http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/lts_fac_pubs/27/



1. roberttalley - December 29, 2011

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BTW, Here’s why I think the Shroud of Turin, while perhaps not fake, is not an image of Christ.

John 20: 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.


The cloth wrapping his head was a separate piece and was folded separately by itself in a different place. It also seems to imply that His body was wrapped in linen cloths – strips of linen, or one small cloth. Since it wouldn’t be one small cloth it must be several strips.

I’m not about to say its 100% assuredly fake, but I read what I read, and it doesn’t seem to square with John’s Word.

(Robert): The points made by the unnamed respondent are worth investigating. Gray Habermas writes concerning these and other questions on pages 178-179 in his book, “The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ.” The source, which I do not have in my possession, is chapter four of a book Habermas wrote jointly with Kenneth E. Stevenson, “Verdict on the Shroud” (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1981).

“Biblical questions concerning the type of burial depicted on the shroud have failed to discover any discrepancies with the New Testament texts. Wrapping a body lengthwise and positioning it as shown on the shroud is corroborated by both recently discovered Qumran burial practices and by the… “Laws of Mourning.” Further studies have revealed that the head napkin was first rolled up and then wrapped around the head, as reported by the Gospel of John (11:44; 20:5-7)…The use of several strips of linen in John is alos confirmed on the shroud, since pieces of linen were apprently used there as well…” (Habermas, “The Historical Jesus”). Note: This does not prove that the Shroud of Turin was used at Jesus’ burial but it does leave open that possibility.

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