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by John Charlton

(Nov. 21, 2009) — Richard Owen of the Timesonline made known to the world today one of the most stunning confirmations of the historical truth of the Christian faith, when he reported that a Vatican scholar has discovered the death certificate of Jesus Christ, issued by the Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate traced upon the Shroud of Turin.

The Shroud of Turn is arguably the most sacred relic of Christendom, considered by hundreds of millions of believers and tens of thousands of scientists to be the actual linen burial shroud which Joseph of Arimathea, a leading member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, buying Jesus of Nazareth, after His crucifixion on Mt. Golgotha, Jerusalem.

Dr. Barbara Frale, after a painstaking examination of the traces of letters found on the Shroud in a 1978 study, has deciphered the multi-language writing upon the facial area of the cloth.  The letters written in reverse (as is the entire image), read as follows, when translated into English:

In the year 16 of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius Jesus the Nazarene, taken down in the early evening after having been condemned to death by a Roman judge because he was found guilty by a Hebrew authority, is hereby sent for burial with the obligation of being consigned to his family only after one full year.

Owen writes of Dr. Frale’s study:

Dr Frale said that the use of three languages was consistent with the polyglot nature of a community of Greek-speaking Jews in a Roman colony. Best known for her studies of the Knights Templar, who she claims at one stage preserved the shroud, she said what she had deciphered was “the death sentence on a man called Jesus the Nazarene. If that man was also Christ the Son of God it is beyond my job to establish. I did not set out to demonstrate the truth of faith. I am a Catholic, but all my teachers have been atheists or agnostics, and the only believer among them was a Jew. I forced myself to work on this as I would have done on any other archaeological find.”

After numerous scientific studies, in recent years, the Shroud of Turin has been demonstrated conclusively to be a linen cloth, of the type worn only by Jewish high-priests during the first half of the first century; containing an image of a crucified man of approximately 33 years of age, in the negative.  The image was formed by the graduated oxidation of the fibers of each linen strand, in such a manner that only the human eye could perceive an image from a distance of about 1 meter from the linen.  This method of image formation has no known means of production, being beyond the capabilities of all known natural and artificial processes.

Historical studies demonstrated that the Shroud of Turn was known in the earliest centuries, having been taken from Jerusalem to Damascus, and kept there until transferred to Constantinople (modern Istanbul), the capital of the Easter Roman Empire until 1453.  When Constantinople was sacked by the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade, the relic ended up in the possession of the Knights Templar, and thence, subsequently passed to the heirs of the House of Savoy.  It is now kept under lock-and-key in a Catholic Church in Turin, Italy; being displayed only rarely.

The official site of the Shroud of Turin has more information on this relic of relics:  http://www.sindone.org. And there are numerous sites which explain the history and scientific studies of the object:

The Shroud of Turin Education Project

The Shroud of Turin Story (or why an Atheist believes)

The Shroud and Modern Science, a short introduction c/o The Turin Shroud Center, Colorado

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  1. If the Vatican can find Jesus’ death certificate then surely they will be able to find Barry Soetoro’s birth certificate.
    Mr. Charlton replies: Owens calls the doctoress a Vatican scholar. That is not exactly correct. The Vatican has no such researchers. But it does have an honory panel of scientists which is called the Pontifical Academy of Science. Members are sometimes incorrectly called Vatican scholars or scientists, but they are no such thing. They are merely receivers of honorary membership and sometimes consulted on specific issues. This authors statments in her book are not approved by pope Benedict XVI, any more than any other book published by a member of the academy; that is, there is no such approval. Of course her books findings are of a great interest to all Christians, the pope too. But it is not a question of the Catholic Church requiring anyone to believe them.

    However, I found your quip amusing, nonetheless.

  2. Ever since the forensic examination of the sciencetist in 1978. I was personally confinced this was unquestionable a miraculous revalation of a historical truth. Of course, then came the radio-carbon dating. Which, of course, just recently was refutted. Then the sciencetist said, that there were samples taken at some point where additional radio-carbon testing could be preformed. This is truly amazing! Thinking back it seems, it was also noted that there were also Roman coins placed over,”His”eyes, dating to the time attributed to the cruxifixtion. Many conflicting reports. The discovery and translation of words confirms precisely that the relic is no doubt,”the Christ”. A radio-carbon dating of the linen that was removed would without question confirm beyond any doubts, there will be no skeptics. We are all,”doubting Thomasces”, from time to time. Especially, these days. The renewal of our faith in Christ is most certainly timely as to where our course is in this Nation. Stay the course of our,”founding Father’s”, as their faith has been uplifted over all times. Here even now in the present.

  3. Re: Death Certificate of Jesus Christ found

    Update from the recognized Shroud of Turin historical and scientific site:

    Mr. Charlton replies: And this expert basically says he does not like researchers publishing books, though as a orthodox Jew he believe the Shroud to be that of Jesus Christ. I really don’t see his point: he argues that her findings are not scientific, but gives no scientific basis for his critique. As one who has done image enhancement, I know that simply because an image is enhanced does not cause letters to appear, where they would not appear. As one who has read many a scientific paper on archeological studies, I know how studies of the remnants of ancient writings are poorly misunderstood by even scientists who have no training in this field. This author claims no such knowledge himself. As photographer has no expertise to critique such an analysis. That should be obvious. But the rest of his site is very good, even if this editorial of his is rather worthless, in my opinion.

  4. The Shroud is a negative image. When photographed, the negative is a positive!

    It’s literally a photograph of Christ. Impossible to fake before photography was discovered. This wasn’t discovered until 1898 when someone took a photo of it, and looked at the negative.