Five reasons why the Shroud of Turin could be authentic

Shroud of Turin front and back negative image with burn marks from 1532 fire running the entire length of the cloth.

Shroud of Turin front and back negative image. Burn marks from a 1532 fire run the entire length of the cloth.


Today, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ commonly known as Easter or, less commonly, Resurrection Sunday.

If it were not for this event Christianity, the world’s largest religion, would not exist and Jesus, instead of being the most significant person in history, would have been just another forgotten Jewish man crucified by the Romans around  33 AD.

For those who are truly celebrating Christ’s resurrection today and not absorbed with chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies, here are some questions, facts and answers that you could roll like eggs at your family’s Easter gathering.

First, the BIG question: Does scientific evidence for Christ’s resurrection exist today? The answer, millions of other faithful and I believe, is “yes” and it is called the Shroud of Turin.

What is the Shroud of Turin? 

It is a linen cloth measuring 14.3 ft by 3.7 ft with the mysterious negative image of a crucified man appearing on the front and back. The Shroud is the most sacred religious relic that exists in the world today as well as the most studied, tested and analyzed.

The Shroud of Turin is preserved in an underground vault in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. The next time it will be on public display is April 19 – June 24, 2015.

It has only been since 1983 that the Shroud has been “owned” by the Holy See. (In Catholic-speak this means the current pope.) At that time it was gifted from its previous owners, the House of Savoy, a royal European family in possession of the Shroud since 1453.

The Shroud’s existence and ownership can be directly traced from the year 1390 to the present. However, before 1390 the chain of custody is not historically definitive but there are many interesting clues.

Now, in honor of Easter, here are four scientifically proven groups of reasons and one Biblical reason pointing to the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.

1. The cloth and what is on it

Scientists have concluded that human male blood appearing on the Shroud is a rare type AB. The blood penetrates the cloth as you would expect but the blood on the cloth was there BEFORE the image of the crucified man. “Blood first, image second” is a phrase familiar to Shroud researchers.

Moreover, the image of the man does not penetrate the cloth and was formed at a later time. Even more remarkable, is that the man’s image can be scraped away with a razor blade because it sits on TOP of the cloth.

Researchers have determined that the weave of the flax linen cloth would have commanded a high price. This is consistent with all the Gospel accounts in the Bible stating that Joseph of Arimathea a “wealthy man,” donated his own tomb and provided the burial shroud that wrapped Jesus.

Additionally, pollen found on the Shroud is consistent with the types of plants and flowers in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.

Adding to the mystery is travertine aragonite limestone (road dust) almost exclusively found in the vicinity of Jerusalem, is also on the Shroud around the knees and feet.

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Close-up of Shroud man with crown of thorns and scourge marks.

2. The substance comprising the image is still unknown

Scientists all agree that paints, pigments, stains or dyes could NOT have been used to create the man’s image. This is because substances available to an artist centuries ago would have penetrated the cloth, similar to the blood.

Scientific tests conclude that the substance forming the image was applied with 100 percent consistency. The depth of the image only penetrates the top two microfibers everywhere on the Shroud without ANY variation. A human artist would not be capable of such consistency

More baffling is the man’s image is a photo negative and a “positive image” is only reflected when a photo is taken. This astounding fact was discovered in 1898 by Secondo Pia, an Italian amateur photographer, when he applied the “new technology” of photography to the Shroud.

The man’s image also contains “distance information” which means the image can be read like a 3D map when using relief mapping techniques first developed by NASA. This technology was used to develop the History Channel’s 2010 mega-hit documentary The Real Face of Jesus?

Professor Fanti displays a 3D “distance information” image of the Shroud of Turin.

Professor Fanti displays a 3D “distance information” image of the Shroud of Turin.

3. The formation of the image

How was the image formed on the cloth? The answer to this question can be found in a 2012 study by world-renowned Shroud researcher Professor Giulio Fanti of Padua University in Italy. His study strongly suggested that the force which caused the man’s image to be imprinted on the cloth was radiation released in the form of an electrical discharge. In layman’s terms, a burst of light and energy.

4. The age of the cloth

Headlines such as: “Shroud of Turin is not a medieval forgery” were typical of what appeared across all media platforms around Good Friday, March 29, 2013. The headlines referred to Professor Fanti’s Shroud dating test, debunking the faulty 1988 carbon-14 testing concluding that the Shroud was a “middle age forgery” dating from the years 1260 – 1390. The carbon-14 test was performed on an outer piece of the Shroud that had been sewn on later for handling purposes.

Fanti’s 2013 test method’s examined the decay rate of microscopic fibers within the Shroud as compared to similar linen cloths known to be both older and newer. As a result, Fanti concluded that the Shroud ranged in age from 280 BC to 220 AD with a 95 percent confidence level. That timeframe obviously includes 33AD when Jesus was wrapped in his burial shroud.

5. Shroud is totally consistent with Biblical accounts of Jesus’ death

Is it a coincidence that every mark left on the Shroud is consistent with the physical torments endured by Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament Bible Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John?

The cloth reveals the man was brutalized with a crown of thorns. He was repeatedly scourged with Roman flagrum, and suffered nail puncture wounds on his wrists and feet. His knees were bruised from falling and the mark of a spear wound is on his side. Also consistent with the Gospels is that the man in the Shroud had no broken bones.

It is important to note that the Shroud indicates nail marks are on the man’s wrists and not on the palms of the hands as is commonly depicted in statues and paintings. This is intriguing and accurate because the Romans knew that hands would not have supported the weight of a hanging body during crucifixion. However, an “artist forger” would have been more likely to have painted nail wounds on the palms so not to counter accepted norms.

Finally, the larger question for Easter Sunday is how did the Shroud survive fires, wars, clashes of civilizations and general tumult for centuries? For example, the strange marks running the entire length of the Shroud are evidence of just how close a 1532 church fire came to destroying the folded cloth.

It is possible the Shroud survived as evidence of Christ’s resurrection for those who need proof in order to believe in him?

Remember what Christ said to “Doubting” Thomas who insisted on seeing his nail wounds after his resurrection before Thomas would believe in Jesus.  “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 NIV

Christians who already believe that the events of Easter Sunday really happened do not need the Shroud of Turin to confirm their faith in Christ’s resurrection, but the Shroud could be considered the perfect intersection of faith and science.

Model of Shroud Face from History Channel.

Model of Shroud Face from History Channel.

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69 thoughts on “Five reasons why the Shroud of Turin could be authentic

  1. BetsyRoss says:

    This article is dated April 17, and claims “today” Christians celebrate Easter. Was Easter moved to Thursday?

    1. Jim Zdanowski says:

      that is funny, but i think they meant in a figurative sense like “today we have electricity and not torches” just saying, i really want to see this shroud, it is amazing to think it was on Jesus, if you believe that, I am not sure if i can answer that but this is a check for that existence of God for sure.

      1. crabbyoldlady says:

        You can’t see the real thing, unfortunately. I have been to Turin. They have an exact replica on display.

    2. Myra Adams says:

      That is an interesting comment considering the subject matter. For the record, it was written to be posted on Easter but the system recorded the date it was submitted.

    3. AmericanFaith says:

      Oh My Gosh!!! they meant “today in this day and age”, Learn how to read and comprehend.

      1. BetsyRoss says:

        Actually, the author says she literally meant “today is Easter Sunday.” My reading and comprehension are correct.

        1. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub says:

          What is your source for that? The first sentence of the article is clear: “Today, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ commonly known as Easter or, less commonly, Resurrection Sunday.” Now, at this point in history.

        2. Bouncerquinn says:

          You are wrong BR. Get over yourself!!

          1. valmc says:

            Scroll up, Myra Adams herself just stated that the article was dated incorrectly. Goodness people…. why the need to be so hateful to each other?

          2. Bouncerquinn says:

            Right here, three of the first four paragraphs. In none of these does today appear to mean this very day, but in this day. It only matters the date, because it is meant as an Easter message. The date on the article is not wrong though, because that is the date is was posted.

            Today, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ commonly known as Easter or, less commonly, Resurrection Sunday.

            For those who are truly celebrating Christ’s resurrection today and
            not absorbed with chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies, here are some
            questions, facts and answers that you could roll like eggs at your
            family’s Easter gathering.

            First, the BIG question: Does scientific evidence for Christ’s
            resurrection exist today? The answer, millions of other faithful and I
            believe, is “yes” and it is called the Shroud of Turin.

    4. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub says:

      “Today” as in modern history, not literally the day you woke up. The first sentence makes that clear.

  2. jim says:

    the truth is the only thing they can prove is that a man was wrapped in it a long time ago
    it would be great if they could prove more but they can’t

    1. Donna E Turner says:

      Have you read the article at all? They have scientifically proven that a burst of light and energy caused this image. It is true that when someone refuses to see the truth all the facts in the world will not sway him.

      1. totaly says:


      2. avnrulz says:

        “His study strongly suggested that the force which caused the man’s image to be imprinted on the cloth was radiation released in the form of an electrical discharge. In layman’s terms, a burst of light and energy.”
        I don’t need the Shroud to believe, but be sure and quote the source article correctly if you’re going to use it in an argument. It says ‘strongly suggests’, it does not say ‘scientifically proven.’

        1. Karen Lee King says:

          That light and energy was God raising His Son from the dead. Hallelujah!!!

          1. avnrulz says:

            Not arguing that, simply reminding ‘Donna’ to quote the article correctly.

        2. pen44 says:

          avnrulz, so you’ve never heard of miracles?!? Miracle: an event or action that apparently contradicts known scientific laws, and is hence thought to be due to supernatural causes, forces. Science does not have all of the answers, never has, never will.

          1. avnrulz says:

            Seriously, does no one read the thread before commenting? Go back to my original comment. I said the article does not state the author of the study ‘scientifically proved’ the ‘radiation’ theory, only that it was possible, and that I don’t need the shroud to believe.

          2. pen44 says:

            Sorry, avnrulz!!

          3. avnrulz says:

            Apology accepted, and I apologize for being so short, but several ‘commentators’ seemed to have missed the point.

        3. Bouncerquinn says:

          She is stating it is scientifically proven, not the article. Therefore while a believer myself, I would like to see her credentials!!

          1. avnrulz says:

            Again, it seems she is simply misquoting the article, I’m not going to get my panties in a bunch over it.

      3. crabbyoldlady says:

        This is one article. Books have been written by learned men about this, and nothing is conclusive.

        1. Bouncerquinn says:

          Ah, but it is conclusive. Or are you still stuck on the question of whether you even exist?!!

  3. JKellogg says:

    Great article, Myra. He is risen!

    1. Don says:

      He is risen, indeed!

      1. Karen Lee King says:

        Praise God!!! The stone was rolled away!!

    1. Myra Adams says:

      Both the pieces you have above against the Shroud are old. The Daily Mail article is 2012
      The CNN piece is 2009
      Both do not take into account new research. Holes can be shoot in both of them as well when you consider all the research I cite in my piece. The carbon dating has been debunked. Professor Fanti has broken new ground so any articles before 2013 are now outdated.

    2. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub says:

      A well respected medical doctor who is a friend of mine was privileged to be among those to examine the shroud in the late 70s. When he left he was a sceptic, when he returned he was convinced it was real.

      1. Doug says:

        Sounds good to me.

    3. aquaroyale says:

      I am reading a book by Robert K. Wilcox, called ” The Truth About The Shroud of Turin”, it is a good book, several that I have read. He uses over 30 years of research.

  4. suziqleigh says:

    Terrific article Myra!

  5. Y K says:

    I do not believe the shroud is that of Jesus, and I think those who do are trying too hard to say it is because they want it to be so badly.

    1. ort says:

      See my post above. Would it be amazing if it were the shroud of my Lord? Of course. Do I worship the Creator or the created? I worship the Creator. Objects do not save me. Jesus saves me.

  6. ort says:

    I believe without a doubt this is the burial shroud of Yehoshua, the Meshiach. Do I need this to believe in Him? No! His Word, the Scriptures, said how it would be and it was. That’s good enough for me.
    All it does for me is to bring home how much He suffered for a sinful wretch like me. I love You, Lord.

    1. pen44 says:


  7. nanap says:

    I don’t need the Shroud of Turin to know that my Jesus lives. He was wrapped in “a” shroud of linen, He resurrected (and when He did I am sure there was a burst of light and energy.). He died for me, I believed and still believe. I am looking forward to kneeling at His feet and touching the nail scars. I saw the slide exhibit of the Shroud of Turin in Atlanta, years ago. It was, and will always be, a fascination. I don’t know if it is real or not. Maybe that is one question we can ask Jesus if we even remember it when we see Him.

    1. Karen Lee King says:

      I doubt we will remember it because we will be rejoicing and Praising God too much. Which is the day I am waiting for. I get so homesick when I look around and see all the evil that is coming to be.

      1. pen44 says:

        As the Rev. Billy Graham, quoting a wonderful hymn, said, “This is not my home, I’m just passing through!”

        1. ort says:

          Yes! With each passing day I feel more and more like a stranger on this planet. This is not our home, pen. I can’t wait to go there for good. God bless.

      2. ort says:

        “Look up, for our Redemption draws near”!
        “Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.”

      3. nanap says:

        I agree.

  8. Taddle says:

    The problem is the image is idealized European image of Jesus. If this was really an image of Jesus it would have a semetic nose.

    1. David Russ Adams says:

      If you watch The Real Face of Jesus television special, you will see that the 3D image taken from the Shroud indeed displays the image of a Jewish man with such as nose.

      1. pen44 says:

        Looks pretty Semitic to me!! Especially, the 3-D images!

    2. splooshman says:

      You would be correct if Jesus was purely Jewish by descent. But remember that Jesus is the literal son of God the Father. He himself stated that by seeing him you would also see the father, because he was the express image of of his father, not his mother. The same ws true with Adam and his son Seth, who were so identical they could be differentiated by there age. Therefore, it stands to reason that any Jewish appearance in Jesus may have been slight or non-existent. We tend to assume he would look Jewish, but that is not necessarily the case. He looked exactly like his father.

      1. Taddle says:

        I’m sorry there are exactly no facts in your statement. If you want to prove the shroud is authentic then you need facts. If you want to accept the shroud purely on faith well that’s you’re right. Remember most of the world is not Christian. In addition, if Jesus did exist he must have been charismatic and to be charismatic to Jews you had to look Jewish.

        1. splooshman says:

          First point, I have made no claim the shroud is authentic, nor will I until a prophet of God or Christ himself declares it to be authentic. It’s authenticity of interest but not of importance to my faith and testimony of Jesus Christ as the Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Messiah and Son of God in the flesh. Second point, your assumption that Jesus must have been charismatic is based on incorrect logic and is not scriptural. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was hated, despised, betrayed, misunderstood, rejected and crucified by his own people. Isaiah prophesied the following of him: “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
          But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

          The Apostle John wrote these words spoken by Jesus “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” ” If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.” ” Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

          Regardless of whether the world believes in Jesus Christ or not is irrelevant. They follow false prophets and false Christs, neither knowing the true word of God nor where to find it. I know of whom I speak and whom I worship. If others so seek the truth or reject it outright, truth is still truth. Millions of Christians believe in Jesus. Even Muslims know he is the Messiah, as it is stated clearly in the Quran. The Jews have always rejected Jesus because they don’t look to the ancient prophets and understand the Messiah they seek was to come twice, once in the flesh as a man working out our salvation, and 2nd as a God to destroy the wicked and govern in righteousness upon the earth. The prophecies are also clear the day will come when they will recognize and accept Jesus as their long awaited Messiah, and will mourn when they realize they crucified him.

          The Shroud is interesting, but again, not important or definitive. It is the spirit of God that gives a witness of truth, not tangible artifacts shrouded in mystery.

          1. Taddle says:

            Jesus had a throng, therefore he was charismatic. Gandhi, Martin Luther King and a host of others were hated, despised and persecuted. Second, please don’t say the Jews crucified him. That was the Roman leadership and is a major component of prejudice against Jews. Third you accept bible references based on faith. I don’t share your faith and they carry absolutely no weight with me. By the way Issaiah better describes David Ben Gurion than Jesus.

          2. Memphis Viking says:

            Jesus had followers because He spoke with truth and love, not because He was charismatic. And while the Romans crucified Him, it was at the request of the Jewish leadership, even after Pilate tried to talk them out of it.

          3. Taddle says:

            So did Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Although we actually know what those three said. We have no idea what Jesus said. The earliest book was written over 200 years after his death.

          4. Memphis Viking says:

            No, all four Gospels were written less than a century after Jesus’ death.

          5. Taddle says:

            Not according to the religion class I took at FSU.

          6. splooshman says:

            You need to go back and study your history. Pontius Pilate found no guilt in Jesus and wanted to release him, but the Jewish leadership (Sandhedrin) demanded he be crucified and let his blood be on them and their children. And if you have no belief in the bible, then your arguments are pointless. Bible references are faith based but also historical. You can consult the historian Josephus for further insight into the times and life of Jesus, the Jews and Romans.

          7. Taddle says:

            You scare me. You sound like Mel Gibson. And I’m sorry there is very little historical collaboration that supports anything in the bible. You should take a religion class at a secular university such as Florida State. Believing in Christianity requires a humongous leap of faith. If you want to make that leap that is your right. I, however, also have the right not to believe it.

  9. A_Government_of_Traitors says:

    Since Cesar Borgia (the son of the former pope) sat for the portrait of jesus, to say the shroud is an exact image of jesus christ means it is an exact image of Cesar Borgia. And that makes Cesar Borgia your messiah. Ultimately, as it is presented, that makes the shroud of Turin a complete hoax.

    1. ort says:


      1. A_Government_of_Traitors says:

        Disagree all you want. The picture of jesus is Cesar Borgia.

        1. ort says:

          Feel free to post whatever proof you have.

          1. tedlv says:

            AGoT is a troll. One of the stupidest I have encountered…

          2. ort says:

            Thanks for the heads up. I have not encountered him before.

    2. Myra Adams says:

      So what was the name of the artist that “Cesar Borgia sat for?” Also, an image of Jesus on coins dated 692 is the Shroud face. Read more here and see coins.

    3. Memphis Viking says:

      Funny, since that would still make the Shroud miraculous, since it predates Cesar Borgia by at least 85 years. Anyway, your use of the phrase “the portrait of Jesus” alone marks you as a troll, since there have been much more than just one painting of Jesus, and no one thinks any of them were actual portraits.

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