Researcher: Faint Writing Seen on Shroud of Turin

From Yahoo News:

ROME – A Vatican researcher has rekindled the age-old debate over the Shroud of Turin, saying that faint writing on the linen proves it was the burial cloth of Jesus. Experts say the historian may be reading too much into the markings, and they stand by carbon-dating that points to the shroud being a medieval forgery.

Barbara Frale, a researcher at the Vatican archives, says in a new book that she used computer-enhanced images of the shroud to decipher faintly written words in Greek, Latin and Aramaic scattered across the cloth.

She asserts that the words include the name “(J)esu(s) Nazarene” — or Jesus of Nazareth — in Greek. That, she said, proves the text could not be of medieval origin because no Christian at the time, even a forger, would have mentioned Jesus without referring to his divinity. Failing to do so would risk being branded a heretic.

“Even someone intent on forging a relic would have had all the reasons to place the signs of divinity on this object,” Frale said Friday. “Had we found ‘Christ’ or the ‘Son of God‘ we could have considered it a hoax, or a devotional inscription.”

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7 Comments on "Researcher: Faint Writing Seen on Shroud of Turin"

  1. “This shroud is for novelty use only. Keep out of reach of children.”

  2. Word Eater | Nov 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm |

    “To avoid suffocation, keep Shroud ™ away from small children. Not to be used a crib liner.”

  3. tonyviner | Nov 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm |

    I am pretty sure that the name Jesus was not used until sometime in the 18th or 19th century. Could be wrong though.

  4. mutterhals | Nov 24, 2009 at 9:58 am |

    Why does it say 'made in China' on it?

  5. As usual, deists do not shrink from distortions and outright lies to promote their twisted beliefs. What is so amazing is thet seem convinced that everyone else is as ignorant an unintelligent as they are so their lies will be accpted.

    • I don't get it. Where's the joke?

      • James_Smith | Jan 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

        The joke is that christianity is so absurd. That people can put any credence in it is a sad comment on human intelligence. We laugh to keep from crying in dispare.

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