Sacred Blood, Sacred Image – The Sudarium of Oviedo

If you searched today in Google on “Shroud of Turin” and ad pops up at the top advertising the book Sacred Blood, Sacred Image – The Sudarium of Oviedo by Janice Bennett. I remember reading it in 2001 when it was released and was favorably impressed with it. I think I shall go and reread it to see what my current opinion is. Here is the description from The Catholic Company that is advertising the book:

This is the story of the Sudarium of Oviedo, an ancient, bloodstained cloth believed to have covered the head of Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion. The author traces the known history of the linen, presents the up-to-date conclusions of EDICES, the investigative team that has been studying the cloth since 1989, discusses the cultural significance of crucifixion and blood in the context of first-century Jerusalem, and demonstrates the significance of the famous passage of John 20:5-7, as analyzed by some of the most important Biblical scholars of the world. 20 pages of color photographs. Many are from EDICES, and explain visually the bloodstains and wrinkles found on the cloth, its comparison with the Shroud of Turin, how the cloth was used, and its historical odyssey from Jerusalem to Spain.

Janice Bennett holds an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Colorado University, and was selected for Who’s Who in America 2002. She holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from NIU, and a certificate in Advanced Bible Studies from the Catholic Biblical School in Denver. She taught Spanish Literature for six years. She is a member of the Spanish Center for Sindonology (CES) based in Valencia, Spain. Janice is the author of the book St. Laurence and the Holy Grail.