The Blood and the Shroud

Ian Wilson, Author Free Press $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-684-85359-8
The Shroud of Turin is perhaps the most controversial and awe-inspiring religious relic of our time. In 1988, a team of scientists announced that the Shroud was in fact a medieval forgery and not the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. Now, on the basis of new evidence, Wilson (The Turin Shroud and Jesus: The Evidence) re-opens the case. In part one of the book, Wilson uses the tools of image resonance and photography to contend that visual observation reveals the image of an apparently crucified body and its burial. In part two, Wilson argues that, while the Shroud visually satisfies the criteria that might be expected of the burial of a first-century Jew crucified as Jesus was, forensic evidence presented by the Shroud reveals its use as the burial cloth of a crucified man. In part three, Wilson traces an object that sounds and looks almost uncannily like the Shroud itself back to Jesus' time. Finally, Wilson concludes by pointing to tests that have proven that the Shroud's coating contains human blood and human DNA. In the engaging fashion of a detective spinning a mystery yarn, Wilson provides readers with plenty of data that proves, for Wilson, the Shroud's authenticity. (June)
Reviewed on: 03/30/1998
Release date: 04/01/1998
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