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Shroud of Turin quotes: Unclassified quotes: April 2010

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The following are quotes added to my Shroud of Turin unclassified quotes in April 2010. See copyright conditions at end.

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"A significant amount of charred cellulose was removed during a restoration of the shroud in 2002. Material 
from different scorch locations across the shroud was saved in separate containers. The elemental carbon 
could be completely cleaned in concentrated nitric acid, thus removing all traces of foreign fibers, sebum 
from repeated handling, and adsorbed thymol from an unfortunate procedure to sterilize the shroud's 
reliquary in 1988. In addition, the separate samples would give a `cluster' of dates, always a desirable 
procedure in archaeology. A new radiocarbon analysis should be done on the charred material retained from 
the 2002 restoration." (Rogers, R.N., "Studies on the radiocarbon sample from the shroud of turin," 
Thermochimica Acta, 425, pp.189-194, pp.193-194). , 2005, pp.189-194, pp.193-194). 

"BACK in Miami, having interviewed as many sindonologists and shroud enthusiasts as I could find, and 
having consulted as many experts in the sciences touching upon the shroud, I could now contemplate the 
two major problems-the authenticity of the shroud and the origin of the images on the shroud-and draw 
conclusions I never could have dreamed of twelve months ago." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New 
York NY, 1977, pp.168,170).

"First, the cloth is unique. Nowhere in my wanderings did ngs did I come across a burial cloth, or the record of a 
burial cloth, with body imprints." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, p.170).

"Second, the imprinted cloth is old, at least six hundred years old as the `shroud of Turin,' probably two 
thousand years old as the `Image of Edessa.'" (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, 

"Third, the linen of the cloth and the herringbone twill could have been manufactured and distributed 
throughout the Mediterranean world at least two thousand years ago." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: 
New York NY, 1977, p.170).

"Fourth, the imprints on the cloth are those of a human corpse, at least according to the testimony of several 
dozen pathologists. Fifth, the imprints on the cloth show that the man was scourged with a flagrum, 
lacerated around the head, forced to carry the crossbeam on his shoulders, and nailed through the hands 
and feet; they show also that after the man expired, his body was wounded in the side." (Wilcox, R.K., 
"Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, p.170).

"Sixth, the sufferings and death as recorded on the shroud correspond to the sufferings and death 
described in the Gospels." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, p.170).

"Seventh, before one is tempted to think that the man in the shroud is Jesus Christ, he should consider the 
possibility of forgery. The forger would have had to acquire a body more alive than dead, then mutilate it 
according to the quite specific details in the Gospels. Then the forger would have had to transfer the image 
of the dead man onto the cloth by one of two possible ways. Either he would have had to press a cloth onto 
the front and back of the body and thereby produce an image as sharp as the shroud's-something Vignon 
and Judica-Cordiglia were unable to do. Or he would have had to use the corpse as a model and paint the 
image onto the cloth. But no pigment has ever been found on the cloth by those who took the trouble to 
look." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, p.170).

"The forger working in France or thereabouts around or before 1350 would have to have been either an 
overzealous monk whose piety got the better of him or an arrogant swindler who wanted to make a bundle in 
the underground relic market. Both of these possibilities strike me as unlikely, since the portrayal of Jesus 
on the shroud is nontraditional, non-European; details like the cap or miter of thorns, the nails through the 
wrists instead of through the palms, and the nakedness of the loins would not inspire the devotional or 
artistic sensibilities of fourteenth-century Europe; rather they would have gotten the forger burned at the 
stake. Moreover, the accuracy of details like these would not be common knowledge to a potential forger for 
centuries to come." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, pp.170-171).

"Eighth, before one rushes to embrace the man in the shroud as Jesus Christ, he should consider the 
statistical probability against the anonymous victim's having suffered, died, and been buried in exactly the 
same way as Jesus. The odds against this having happened, according to Paul de Gail, a French Jesuit priest 
and engineer, are 225 billion to one. Italian physicist Tino Zeuli, who quoted de Gail in the April 1974 issue 
of Sindon, went on to liken the possibility to a brick in the street suddenly sprouting wings and taking off." 
(Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, p.171).

"Ninth, all things considered, therefore, it is not unreasonable to conclude that the man in the shroud is 
indeed the man we call Jesus Christ." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, p.171).

"Tenth, that Jesus is the man in the shroud does not in and of itself prove or disprove that Jesus came back 
to life, rose from the dead. To get some appreciation of what is held as theological fact by many, one must 
reconstruct what happened during those thirty-six hours or so after death. The tomb, a rocky chamber 
carved out of a hillside, a stone rolled against the door, is dark and silent. Lying on a slab is a long, 
rectangular cocoon, the hills and valleys clearly being the contours of a human body. Jesus lay there, face 
up, a ribbon around the head and chin to keep the mouth closed, bags of spices packed along the sides of 
his dead body. At some unknown moment in the dead of night, the air in the tomb becomes electric. Minute 
vibrations at first, the sort that could be detected by sensitive twentieth-century instruments; then they 
dramatically increase until they shake the ground and blow the boulder from the door. A glow, faint at first, 
emanating from the shroud suddenly intensifies until rays of light shoot through the threads, star-filled 
golden rays filling the tomb and pouring out the door. For thirty seconds-no more-the blinding, pulsating 
movement continues. The source of the activity is the corpse, the body, somehow being revitalized, 
dematerialized, its mass being converted into energy, pure energy, which in the material world is radiant 
white light. The body rises from the slab through the cloth, hovers for a moment in midair, then disappears. 
The cocoon collapses. Darkness returns. Shouts of `Earthquake! Earthquake!' diminish as the two guards 
run for their lives. And in the air, the distinct odor of scorched linen." (Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: 
New York NY, 1977, pp.171,173).

"When dawn comes, the women in Jesus' life draw tentatively toward the tomb, look in the opening, and see 
the shroud unopened, still wrapped, but definitely deflated. The body is gone. At sunrise the disciples 
come. John enters the tomb, puts his hand on the cloth, and presses it to the slab. Jesus is there no longer. 
The disciples and the women quickly gather up the burial garments-the chin band is still inside the shroud-
and the spice bags and leave before the Romans can return. At another time, in another place, when they 
have a chance to gather their wits, they will discover the figure of their master imprinted on the inside of the 
shroud. The images would be faint, probably not as dark as the passage of time and exposure to air have 
made them; and the images would be negative ones, a phenomenon that would also become clearer with the 
passage of time. They would pay more attention to the images on the shroud, the disciples would, if they 
weren't already waiting, with the greatest anticipation, for Jesus himself, who, before his death, had 
promised to visit them after he rose from the dead."(Wilcox, R.K., "Shroud," Macmillan: New York NY, 1977, 


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Created: 5 April, 2010. Updated: 7 November, 2010.