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    Shroud of Turin and the Resurrection of Jesus

    Understanding the nature of the Shroud of Turin’s images
    The Shroud is a single piece of linen cloth about 14 feet long by 3¬? feet wide. The twill is a 3 over 1 herringbone weave. It is bloodstained and shows faint front and back images of a man who, by the visible wounds appears to have been crucified. He seems to be resting in in burial repose.

    The bloodstains
    The bloodstains on the Shroud are composed of hemoglobin and give a positive test for serum albumin. Numerous tests confirm that the blood is real human blood.

    The images
    The Shroud’s images are superficial and fully contained within a thin layer of starch fractions and saccharides that coats the outermost fibers of the Shroud. The coloration is a caramel-like product or the product of an amino/carbonyl reaction. Where there is no image, the carbohydrate coating is clear. There is also a very faint image of the face on the reverse side of the Shroud which lines up with the image on the front of the cloth. There is no image content between the two superficial image layers indicating that nothing soaked through to form the image on the other side.

    Until recently, it was widely believed that the images on the Shroud of Turin were produced by something which resulted in oxidation, dehydration and conjugation of the structure of the fibers of the linen itself. This has been shown to be incorrect. The images are now understood to reside within a coating a coating of raw starch and various saccharides.

    The images as they appear on the Shroud are said to be negative because when photographed the resulting negative is a positive image.

    The Turin Shroud was examined with visible and ultraviolet spectrometry, infrared spectrometry, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, thermography, pyrolysis-mass-spectrometry, laser¬?microprobe Raman analyses, and microchemical testing. No evidence for pigments (paint, dye or stains) or artist’s media was found anywhere on the Shroud. Nor is any photographic emulsion found on the Shroud.

    [color=red:ao76t9tr]Pics at http://www.shroudofturin4journalists.com/described.htm[/color:ao76t9tr]


    [color=olive:1oxfqg9j]I watched a documentary about this a few months ago. They performed an interesting test using geometry. They used a molding of a persons face and then made a manikn head. They painted the face and then laid a cloth over the face while the paint was still wet. Then they took off the cloth, which now had the facial impression on it, and observed it for it’s geometrical patterns. It turned out that after they took off the cloth, the face on the cloth was very distorted. They came to a conclusion that it would be geometrically impossible for an actual human face to appear that way(without the geometrical distance) on the shroud of turin if it were laying on someones face. I’ve been looking for the actual experiment online but I couldn’t find it. I believe this was on either the Discovery Channel or the National Geographic Channel. [/color:1oxfqg9j]

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