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MIND BOGGLING DISCOVERY OF SCIENCE VERIFIES CHRISTIAN FAITH
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 and Modern Science, a short introduction c/o The Turin Shroud Center, Colorado