New Analysis of the Shroud of Turin Brings Debate Over its Historicity

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Wednesday, July 18, 2018
New Analysis of the Shroud of Turin Brings Debate Over its Historicity

New Analysis of the Shroud of Turin Brings Debate Over its Historicity


A new study says the Shroud of Turin may not have been the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

According to the study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, evidence shows that the person wrapped in the cloth was standing.

The bible, however, says that Jesus died and then was wrapped in the burial cloths.

A bloodstain pattern analysis showed that the blood stains on the back of the shroud “are totally unrealistic” if the body was lying flat.

"The BPA (blood pattern analysis) of blood visible on the frontal side of the chest (the lance wound) shows that the shroud represents the bleeding in a realistic manner for a standing position while the stains at the back – of a supposed postmortem bleeding from the same wound for a supine corpse – are totally unrealistic," the study abstract said.

"One of the researchers Matteo Borrini, a forensic scientist at Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom told BuzzFeed News, "the bloodstains shouldn't be so inconsistent" if the shroud covered a person who was crucified or taken down from a cross to be buried," CBN News reports.

“Even a crucified or hanging person should leave a distinct blood pattern on the cloth, which would be fascinating information to have,” he said.

Bloodstain pattern expert Jonathyn Priest said the study did not take into account if someone cleaned, carried or prepared the body to be buried.

The shroud is at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. The Vatican has never approved nor denied its authenticity in an official manor.

In July 2017, researchers from the Institute of Crystallography said they found signs of blood from torture in the shroud.

"The Blood serum tells us that before dying the person was suffering," a researcher told CBN News. "This means that the Turin Shroud is not fake... It is certainly the funeral fabric that wrapped a tortured man."

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

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