Reposted: NASA scientist to give talk on the Shroud of Turin at Wells Anglican Cathedral this Easter

imageIf you will be in England during the last half of April, you will want to make it to Somerset (3 hours east of London) to see The Mystery of the Shroud – an Exhibition for Easter, to be held in the Chapter House at Wells Anglican Cathedral from April 16 to 28. Former NASA scientist Ed Prior will be giving two talks in the Wells Museum. The first will be on Joseph of Arimathea, on April 20, and on second on the Shroud of Turin on April 22. 

Historian Juliet Faith, who organized the exhibit, is quoted as saying:

imageI am absolutely delighted and most grateful that the Dean and Chapter have agreed to hosting this exhibition, which will give people an insight into probably the most remarkable artefact of all time.

The shroud is a 14ft long piece of bloodstained linen cloth, bearing the shadowy imprint both front and back, of a bearded, crucified man, laid out in death.

It is without doubt the most studied artefact on the planet, but still science cannot tell us how it came to be.

See rest of original posting: NASA scientist to give talk on the Shroud of Turin at Wells Anglican Cathedral this Easter

Shroud of Turin Talk and Replica in Honesdale, PA

imageHonesdale, Pennsylvania’s Wayne Independent is reporting

Rev. William J.P. Langan, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale is pleased to announce the rare privilege to view one of the only church-sanctioned, authentic, full-body replica’s of the Shroud of Turin.

The "Holy Shroud" will be in St. Mary Magdalen Church, 414 Church St., Honesdale, on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mr. Donald H. Nohs is the presenter and one of the world’s leading authorities on the Shroud of Turin and Passion of Jesus. He has over 40 years of research experience and for the past 25 years has been on the lecturing circuit in two different countries.

Nohs will share his intimate knowledge of the Passion of Jesus and answer some thought-provoking questions.

Replica of Shroud of Turin April 6 – Honesdale, PA – Wayne Independent

Four and Twenty Fringe Ideas Baked in a Pie

imageThe Books of Lead, images of Christ on Byzantine coins that are so familiar to shroud scholars, the legend of Abgar and the Veronica. The only thing missing is all of the controversy about the true political meaning of “Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.”

Speculation run amok, a cooked up“I think I see” fringe pie? Dennis Price, British classical scholar, sometimes archaeologist, actor, musician, jouster and author of The Missing Years of Jesus which seeks to convince us that Jesus visited Britain, an idea that Philip Gardiner calls the “most controversial theory since the Da Vinci Code,” now thinks . . .

. . . the implications of all this are staggering if the Books of Lead turn out to be genuine and if the face on the cover of one of them turns out to be that of Jesus. It would mean that all the much-derided legends are true and it would also mean that the famous image on the Shroud of Turin is not, as is currently supposed by millions, that of Jesus. On the other hand, what better material could a forger work from than what is thought to be the earliest portrait of Jesus, as commissioned by King Abgar? All this, however, is far from being the end of the matter. (emphasis mine)

He also seems like a genuinely nice guy (go to his website, Dead Of Night Productions). But how does he get to this thinking on the shroud?

imageThe photograph [to the right with a larger version below the fold] was released to the world on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, and it shows the cover of one of the 70 or so “Books of Lead” that have recently come to light. I have no idea if these artefacts are genuine or not, and the media are being cautious in their coverage and assessment of them, which is understandable after notable hoaxes such as that of the Hitler Diaries in recent times.

. . . Of course, I was fascinated to learn of such a thing, but the strange face instantly captured my attention for other reasons. If the portrait is indeed that of Jesus, then to my eye, it reveals a powerful disposition and an almost aggressive personality, which is at odds with the many bland mediaeval depictions of this man. However, these formidable traits are most certainly in keeping with the flesh and blood character I studied at length when I wrote my book “The Missing Years of Jesus“, a study of where this young man was between the ages of 12 and 30, a period that is apparently unaccounted for in the Bible.

All the evidence that I’ve seen and collated leaves me in no doubt that the most famous person the world’s ever known spent his teenage years and early adulthood in what is now the West of England and South Wales, so when I learned of these “Books of Lead”, I couldn’t help wondering if they contain material that proves my theory right, but I’m far more interested in learning the truth of any given matter than in trying to sway the opinions of others.

imageWell, the contents of the Books of Lead are a matter for speculation, but I found the face on the cover mesmerising on account of its latent power, and also because I was certain I had seen it somewhere before. I discussed the matter with a friend of mine, a retired engineer living in South Dakota by the name of Dan Johnston, who immediately pointed out the uncanny resemblance between the face on the cover of the lead book and the face of Jesus as depicted on a gold Byzantine coin from the late seventh century.

As you can see, this image is markedly different from the highly stylised portraits of Christ from medieval times, because it shows a rugged face, full of character, that is remarkably similar to the face on the cover of the Lead Book. Now, one thing that’s particularly intriguing about the face on the gold Byzantine coin is the fact that, as Dan Johnston reminded me, it’s based on what’s come to be known as the Veil of Veronica, pictured below, as depicted by Hans Memling (1430 – 1494).

The legend of Veronica was extremely well-known in mediaeval times, and it spoke of a woman who had wiped the sweat from the face of Jesus as he made his way to Calvary or Golgotha to be crucified, after which his features became imprinted on the cloth and it acquired miraculous powers. In turn, this legend is supposed to have originated from another account involving the historical King Abgar of Edessa, who was said to have written to Jesus asking him to visit and cure him of an illness.

The story of this legend is a convoluted one, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the whole story is that King Abgar is said to have included a court painter named Hannan as a member of his delegation, who then painted a portrait of Jesus and returned it to his master. Many doubts have been expressed about this legend, which is hardly surprising given its varied history, but as you can see from the photo of the tenth century image below, the face of Jesus on the cloth or portrait known as the Mandylion is that of a rough, forceful and unkempt character, very much like the image on the cover of the Book of Lead.

Convoluted, certainly. Read The Earliest Portrait of Christ – New Information and New Ideas | Mindscape magazine

Did I mention that Neil Jeffries, a writer for Classic Rock magazine wrote, “I’ve met everyone from Alice Cooper to Ozzy Osbourne, but no one can tell a story like Dennis Price. Strange tales pour out of him, like rain from a leaden sky….”?

Yep! But are the books of lead real? And I see at least four and twenty other possibilities if they are real.

Continue reading “Four and Twenty Fringe Ideas Baked in a Pie”

The Real Face of Jesus? — Again

imageThe History Channel is showing this highly acclaimed show again at 10pm EDT on April 16. So far, the schedule for 2011 has only been published out to April 18, so we can’t know if it will be shown again during Lent or Eastertide. From the History Channel’s website:

As the Shroud of Turin is put on public display for the first time in 10 years, new data reveals more than just a flat image embedded in the ancient cloth, but an astonishing, three-dimensional, sculpture-like figure. Using the principles of physics, cutting-edge digital technology, and the revolutionary CGI process pioneered in Stealing Lincoln’s Body, HISTORY brings that image to life, unveiling the most accurate representation ever seen of what many believe to be Jesus Christ.

The Real Face of Jesus? — Episode Guide —

Thought for the 4th Sunday in Lent

Today’s Gospel is John 9:1-41 – Revised Common Lectionary. The miracle of Jesus healing the blind man can be taken as just that: Jesus placing his hands on a blind man’s eyes and behold, he can see. It can also be looked at as an allegory. We are all sometimes blind to things that are right in front of us; each of us from time-to-time walks around in the darkness searching for the light.

I was thinking about how the allegorical aspect of this might apply to the Shroud of Turin when I noticed an email from a reader of this blog who, wisely, prefers to remain anonymous. The subject, all in caps, was, “CAN’T YOU SEE?” The message body:

Why can’t you see that a faker of relics while on holiday in Macedonia or Hungary noticed an Epitáphios with an embroidered herringbone pattern or a drawing of a burial cloth with just such a weave? He would thus know he must procure a length of cloth with the same pattern for his creation; not, mind you, because he lived in a well-informed age, but because he had to fool anyone else who might have holidayed in the greater Balkans? Or was it the other way around with a maker of Epitáphios from Macedonia holidaying in Lirey, France?

I know he must be kidding. You CAN SEE that, can’t you? Holidayed and holidaying? He must be a Brit.

Search for ‘Jesus’ at

imageSearch within the History site using just ‘Jesus’ as countless people will this season of Lent. The results page points to a forthcoming DVD in History’s store that will be available June 1, 2011. It is called Jesus: The Lost 40 Days.

Here is the description:

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ spent 40 days on Earth after his Resurrection on that first Easter Sunday before ascending to Heaven. Astonishingly, the New Testament is practically silent on what happened during this period. Why are only a few scattered paragraphs devoted to perhaps the central, most defining and miraculous event in Christianity? And most importantly, what did Jesus do and say during those incredible 40 days?

JESUS: THE LOST 40 DAYS is a new investigation into history’s rare, long-buried non-Biblical sources to seek and fill in this missing time period. The Gospel of Thomas, the Gnostic Gospels, the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus, and the Gospel of Nicodemus are among the alternate, historical sources that yield astonishing information and detail about Jesus’ lost 40 days.

Check it out or pre-order: Jesus: The Lost 40 Days DVD, History , History Channel Store

Great Comment, But what about the Thirty Dollar Bill?

imageTersio Gorrasi writes:

I’m an entusiast on the Shroud of Turin, among many others. It’s a very simple approach about the secular controversy on this amazing cloth: a forger never will fake something which he does not know, or something which his contemporary people do not know, because this would be absolutely nonsense. It’s the same thing as one who fakes a thirty dollars bill! Well, neither the New Testament nor the apochriphal gospels mention a single line about the existence of a cloth with both the images frontal and dorsal of Jesus’ body. One would suppose the Veronica’s veil, which displays only Jesus’ face and is know by Christian tradition, would be faked instead. If the Shroud were a fake, this would be the greatest paradox of all time, because an astonishing masterpiece which defies even the 21th Century scientists, would be made in order to convince the audience on the authenticity of something unknown by them!


Tersio Gorrasi, MSc

I agree with the logic (but it seems there was a thirty dollar bill issued by the Continental Congress in July and November of 1776). 

No, it is most unlikely that anyone would have forged the Shroud of Turin for the very idea was absurd. From the posting, An Improvement on Garlaschelli’s Method « Shroud of Turin Blog