And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock.And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way.The one artifact in the book that really cannot be explained satisfactorily is the Shroud of Turin. Gibson and Mc Kinley write that the 1988 radiocarbon tests that demonstrated the Shroud was a medieval fake turned out to have been made not from the original shroud, but by an edge that had been patched onto the shroud in the 14th century.“Subsequent experiments cast further doubts on a medieval origin for the burial cloth,” they write.Christopher Ramsey (March 2008)" ("The Shroud of Turin," Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, Version 143 Issued 31/10/2013). "I had for a long time been thinking of posting on this topic, and was prompted to do so by reading recently what the agnostic Shroud pro-authenticist, art historian Thomas de Wesselow, wrote:"The third possibility [why "the 1988 result ... PS: Further to the above, see my series, "Were the radiocarbon dating laboratories duped by a computer hacker? conflicts with all the evidence that points to the Shroud having been in existence long before 1260"] is that a fraud was perpetrated ... ," Unwin Paperbacks: London, Reprinted, 1990, pp.340-343. On that next day, the cloths were removed, and the women cleansed His Body and anointed Him with spices and ointments -- ointments made of aloes and myrrh, as foreshadowed by the gifts of the Magi. The Shroud and Sudarium are mentioned in all four Gospels. Matthew and Mark write of them: And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered.And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth.
[Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus] According to legend, the shroud was secretly carried from Judea in A. 30 or 33, and was housed in Edessa, Turkey, and Constantinople (the name for Istanbul before the Ottomans took over) for centuries. So geologists have argued that an earthquake at Jesus' death could have released a burst of neutrons.Then, in recent years, the pace of revelations picked up.In 2011, scientists at Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development found that the markings on the shroud could have been created only by a “blinding flash of light.” Other, new experiments detected the ancient version of a “death certificate” on the shroud, while a recent study showed that the blood patterns on this “Man of Sorrows” indicated he was crucified on a Y-shaped cross — not the traditional T-shaped one that is the central icon of Christian art, and so central to Western civilization., the companion book to the CNN documentary series, David Gibson and Michael Mc Kinley examine six historical artifacts connected to the life of Jesus, and discuss the degree to which there is evidence for what is claimed for the artifacts.It’s mostly an exercise in debunkery, though I hasten to say this is not a polemical work.