The piece of cloth has intrigued people for centuries as we all die and new people live. The burial cloth that covered Jesus when he died still exists. It has the faint image of the man as he had been tortured and crucified. The last time the Shroud was on view it was for six weeks in 2010. More than 2 Million people saw it. Even though in 1988 after a carbon dating test it was declared a medieval fake dating from the Middle Ages.
He is a specialist in medieval art and notes that the paintings are incorrect. The hand is not strong enough to bear the weight of a body. The image of the Shroud shows that he was crucified through the wrists. That is how they did it in Roman times. He has just published a provocative book about the Shroud called ”The Sign” The Shroud Of Turin and the Secret Of The Resurrection. He believes the Shroud is genuine and not a fake.
How ironic! The provocative part is DeWesselow’s theory of what happened on the day of the Resurrection. He believes that on Easter Day Mary Madeline and two other women went to Jesus’ Tomb. They go into the Tomb and they find the body of Jesus draped in the Shroud as we would expect. They lift the cloth and they notice the strange shadowy form on the cloth itself.
What they saw was the Shroud. He believes that each report of the risen Christ was actually them seeing the Shroud. The cloth is what caused the rapid spread of Christianity. The Shroud was taken from Jerusalem to Galilee then to Damascus according to this author where he believes Paul saw it and became a Christian. Other historians believe that it then was reported to be seen in Edessa and then in the year 944 in Constantinople.
The Dean of Divinity School at Yale Harold Assuage , thinks that this new book is probably correct that the discovery of the Shroud did create new interest in Christianity after the death of Jesus. He said that the cloth is compatible with the ancient practice of crusification. The blood stains are clearly not paint. That much has been proven, but is it Jesus or is it a fake?