Is the Shroud of Turin authentic?

Question: "Is the Shroud of Turin authentic?"

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth that some believe to have been the cloth that Jesus Christ was buried in. Each of the four Gospels mention Jesus being wrapped and buried in a cloth (Matthew 27:59, Mark 15:46, Luke 23:53, John 19:40). The Shroud of Turin was “discovered” or at least made public in the 14th century A.D. The Shroud of Turin is named for the city that it is kept in - Turin, Italy.

Here is a webpage that contains some pictures / images of the Shroud of Turin - Upon examination, the Shroud of Turin appears to be that of a man who was crucified. There are markings in the hands and feet that are consistent with the wounds inflicted by crucifixion. There also appear to be wounds similar to what is described in Jesus’ torture, around the head, back, and legs.

So, is the Shroud of Turin truly the cloth Jesus Christ was buried in? There is much debate on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. Some are absolutely convinced that it is the burial cloth of Christ. Others believe it to a fabrication, or a work of art. There have been some dating tests completed that date the Shroud of Turin to the 10th century B.C. or later. Other tests have found spores / pollens that are common to Israel and that could be dated to the 1st century A.D. All that to say there is no conclusive date either way.

So, what are we to make of the Shroud of Turin? Whether it is the authentic burial cloth of Christ or not, the Shroud of Turin is not to be worshipped or adored. The Shroud of Turin cannot be used as a conclusive proof for the resurrection of Christ. The Shroud of Turin is perhaps the most amazing artifact in connection with the Person of Jesus Christ. The Shroud of Turin is also perhaps a fraud or an amazing work of art. Our faith in Jesus Christ does not rely upon the Shroud of Turin.

Recommended Resource: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper.

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