Skip to comments.Is this the face of Jesus Christ?Figure of crucified man on Shroud comes to life
Posted on 03/25/2010 12:58:38 PM PDT by TaraP
The world will have an extraordinary opportunity to look upon an undistorted, never-before-seen, moving 3-D portrait of a man who many think is the crucified Jesus Christ.
In just one week, graphic experts will bring to life an imprint on the holy relic known as the Shroud of Turin, believed by millions to be the burial shroud of Christ.
The Shroud of Turin bears the full-body, back-and-front image of a crucified man that is said to closely resemble the New Testament description of the passion and death of Christ. The 14-foot cloth long has posed mysteries because of its age and its negative image of a bloodstained and battered man who had been crucified. Believers claim it to be the miraculous image of Jesus, formed as he rose from the dead.
The History Channel will air "The Real Face of Jesus?," a special two-hour event that premieres March 30 at 9 p.m. EST. It aims to bring the world as close as it has ever come to seeing what Jesus may have actually looked like.
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<img src=The Catholic Church in Turin, Italy, will exhibit the Shroud of Turin from April 10 through May 23, the fifth public exposition since 1898 and the longest in the shroud’s modern history. Jackson is preparing to embark on a pilgrimage to see the Shroud from April 29 to May 6 and is inviting the public to join him.
The official website created by the Archdiocese of Turin for this year’s exhibition estimates 2 million people will travel to Turin to view the shroud. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit the shroud May 2.
“The shroud is not shown every other weekend,” Jackson said. “If you look at the 20th century, it was only shown four times: 1931, 1933, 1978 and 1998. That’s, on average, about once every 25 years.”
That is a powerful image.
Interesting difference between Muslims and Christians:
Muslims would kill anyone who dared to show a picture of Mohammad, Christians are dying to see the face of Jesus. In fact we see it everywhere.
Jackson said the shroud shows all the blood wounds that are recorded in the gospels. Among Jackson’s findings he cited:
Bloodstains on the shroud are real, and the blood has not been degraded by heat.
Historians say the stains are consistent with crucifixion, including puncture wounds from thorns and scourge marks from a Roman whip.
A puncture wound in the man’s side is consistent with a Roman spear. And the wound marks showing nail holes through the wrists and heels are consistent with Roman crucifixion.
A textile restorer, Mechthild Flury-Lemberg, in 2002 announced the stitching found in the material had been seen in material from only one other source: the ruins of Masada, a Jewish settlement destroyed in A.D. 74. And the herringbone weave was common in the First Century but rare in Middle Ages.
“It would seem that it’s pretty unique,” Jackson explained. “Crucifixion was done quite a bit in the Roman Empire. It was their way of controlling the population that they wanted to subjugate. But the crown of thorns, according to the gospel accounts, was something that was invented for Jesus because of his claim of being King of the Jews. He was also scourged as well. There was no record that the other two men who were crucified along with Jesus had it happen to them.”
Jackson said generations upon generations of people have passed on the shroud, and much of the information about the origins of the burial cloth was not passed along with it.
“So you just have a degradation of what you know about this cloth,” he said. “So you have to rely upon scientific archeology of the cloth to bridge over some of that ignorance and tie things together.”
The cloth is in the custody of the Vatican, which stores it in a protective chamber of inert gases in Turin’s Cathedral of St. John. History reveals it was exhibited in France about 1360 by Geoffrey de Charney, a French knight who owned it then.
He looks more Western European Caucasian than Middle Eastern Semitic..................Somehow, I don’t think this is what He looks like...........
I believe we are seeing the Image of Jesus Christ, the image is very powerful as you say....I have heard others say the same thing....
I have no opinion on the shroud either way - it is intriguing though. However, I rejoice with the certainty that I will see Jesus’ face. And with the way events are going around the world, it may be sooner rather than later!
Jesus looks Italian in all the paintings I have seen.
Do we have any images of people and the way they looked in the time of Jesus? I don’t think the people of the Middle East today looked like the people of the Ancient Middle East.
I presume that after the History Channel has shown the picture, it will be available to see? The more people have examined the shroud, the more it looks like the real thing, including even the traces of ancient pollen.
The shroud has been carbon dated no older than the 13th century.
The computer image at the end of the article is amazing.
That theory has been debunked. If I remember correctly the carbon dating was done on patched parts of the shroud...or somesuch!
Maybe because Jesus will descend from Heaven and all eyes will be upon him, while the 12th Imam will crawl out of a deep cave, and nobody wants to see that...
Not anymore...They have un-covered the piece of the Shroud carbon dated was the corner of the cloth that had been replaced by the fire in the 13th century.
I remember when I was just a kid STRP announced it was a Medieval fake...somehow I never believed them. You just know that you are looking at the face of Jesus. I get chills when I see it, always have. It feels good that the finally figure out where they went wrong with the carbon dating. It never changed the way I felt about it...I guess that is what faith is all about. Thanks for posting, I look forward to the special.
The History Channel ran this a while back. Their face of Christ is very different than the shroud reveals. They did forensic studies based on racial characteristics of people living in the ME and came up with a computer image. None of it was based on the shrouds image. Their image looked like a guy from Brooklyn... yo.
Gives me chills. Very humbling, to say the least.
Awesome. There are no words...
Tortillas, dead trees, potato chips.. yeah.
There is still a lot of controversy regarding the carbon dating of the shroud.
Look this potato chip looks just like Mohamed.
I KEEEEEL YOU!!
Yeah, I think that was it. Anyway, I doubt there will ever be complete agreement but it looks real to me.
Well, let's run a DNA analysis on the blood, see what we can find out about that.
That is pretty good, it retains most of the power of the shroud.
Computer graphics artists use Shroud of Turin images to create 3-D figure of crucified man (photo courtesy of the History Channel)
As for the History Channel documentary, "The Real Face of Jesus?," Downing said at the end of the show viewers will see something rather exciting and unexpected.
"There's a revelation concerning the nature of the encoded information itself," Downing said. "It's a discovery that's going to be there. It doesn't disprove the shroud. It's quite the opposite. It demonstrates that the shroud image is a result of a natural process."
He added, "It witnessed an actual physical event that Christians have come to call the resurrection."
Looks real to me, too. I can imagine that the power of his resurrection was powerful enough to imprint the image. What a neat thought.
It always seem they are doing something with the Shroud just right around Easter time DNA testing ect....is there a coincidence?
Where can I get a copy?
Actually, the people of the Middle East look very much as they did in Christ’s time (at least if one looks at Sephardic rather than Ashkenazic Jews).
The most traditional Orthodox icons of the Virgin Mary are patterned on three which the Evangelist Luke painted from life while Mary was still alive. Orthodox icons of Christ in the style dominant in Greece, Cyprus and among Christians in the Middle East are all patterned on the “Icon-not-made-by-hands” and the style that was dominant in Palestine before iconoclasm (cf. the famous icon of Christ from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai).
(One of those things St. John refers to in his Gospel as Christ having done something not recorded therein appears to have been sending an image of His face miraculously imprinted on a cloth which He pressed to His face to King Abgar of Edessa to cure his leprosy. King Abgar believed that merely to see Jesus image would cure him, and, the account tell us that his faith was not disappointed. The cloth, called the “Icon-not-made-by-hands” was preserved at Edessa, later moved to Constantinople, stolen by the Crusaders, and kept in Paris until it was destroyed in the name of “Reason” by the French Revolutionaries. Icons depicting it, well sort of, with Christ’s only shown on a cloth, are now called “the Icon-not-made-by-hands”.)
As an Orthodox Christian, I firmly believe the best of our iconographic tradition, as I described it above, keeps a recollection of what Christ and the Virgin Mary looked like during their earthly lives. And, from what I can see from the article, the reconstructions from the Shroud of Turin agree with our tradition.
I watched it on TBN. I believe you can order it there as well.
Sorry here is the link!
Since he was so badly beaten it is hard to say what He really looked like. The bible says he was beaten beyond recognition.
I have been a Christian for about 15 years now but I never paid much attention to the shroud because I didn’t care whether it was legit or not, my faith was already sealed by other means. However, seeing this image for the first time last year all I could say was WOW!
The inherited factors of inhabitants of a given region change little over time without much outside factors such as war, intermarriage and famine/diseases. People were much shorter then than now. IIRC, the figure on the shroud is over six feet tall, which would practically make him a giant among the populace of the first century, including the Romans. According to first century Josephus, in his description of Jesus, he was not unlike anyone else in the crowd, which fits with the description of the prophecy of Isaiah:
1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they[a] made His grave with the wicked
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b]and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
True, but he also was resurrected and that had to include a restoration of his body to a great extent. When he appeared before the disciples after the resurrection He was whole and they recognized him.
Yes on his body..They did not beat his face that was not the method of crucifixcion.
Yes, the Bible states that He was beaten and scourged. His back would have looked like hamburger and his face would have been swollen beyond human recognition.................
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