Shroud of Turin

absorbed basin [deleted] 1:08pm, 30 March 2010
What did Jesus look like? Artists, scholars and millions of Christians around the world have been pondering the question for centuries. And on Tuesday, March 30, at 9/8c, HISTORY viewers may get closer to an answer than ever before, thanks to a special two-hour event.

The Real Face of Jesus follows a team of graphic experts as they use cutting-edge 3D software to bring a holy relic known as the Shroud of Turin to life. Many believe Jesus Christ was buried in this ancient linen cloth, which bears traces of blood and the faint, ghostly image of a man. With the help of modern technology, can HISTORY finally unlock the secrets of one of the world’s most scrutinized and controversial artifacts?

Cable TV features an Easter-season special on the Shroud of Turin

..........Yet, as "The Real Face of Jesus?" -- a timely and intriguing Easter-season special premiering on cable's History Channel Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 9-11 p.m. EDT -- reveals, many scientific mysteries about this badly damaged 14-foot-long cloth, and the faint image of a tortured corpse imprinted on it, endure. The program follows the painstaking efforts of computer graphics artist Ray Downing and a circle of his associates to extract a 3-D portrait of the man of the shroud -- and therefore, perhaps, of Jesus himself -- from the blurry, bloodstained original..................

But on the whole this respectful, indeed reverent, presentation -- which traces the relic's possible journey from the empty tomb in Jerusalem to the ancient Kingdom of Edessa to Constantinople to Athens and eventually on to medieval France -- raises fascinating issues about what the narrative early on identifies as "the most enigmatic artifact the world has ever known."

The shroud is scheduled to be displayed in public for the first time in a decade between April 10 and May 23 of this year in Turin's Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, with Pope Benedict XVI making a pilgrimage there on May 2.

The age of the shroud is still in dispute.
calamityjan2008 7 years ago
I've been fascinated by the Shroud of Turin since i first saw a photo of it, and never had any doubt it was a negative of Jesus face and body. I thought at first it was created when his spirit left his body....but then thought his spirit would have left before his body was wrapped. The bible states Jesus died on the cross. I then thought for a while it must have been created when Jesus spirit returned to his body. But the light would have been going in the other direction then. So the only theory that makes sense to me now is that Jesus spirit didn't leave his body until after it was wrapped in the shroud. I watched that special, which showed the stains left by blood from the crown of thorns, from the flogging (down to the hundreds of cuts made by the metal shards on the whips) and the spear in the side. The visual evidence of his suffering was heart wrenching.
It was a wonderful documentary and I will watch it again if I have the chance. Thanks for pointing it out ......hopefully people read your discussion thread and watched it.
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