Another Jesus Survived the Cross Legend: Another Tomb, of Course

imageAs reported yesterday in the Huffington Post. The article is by Ryan Grenoble:

It’s one of the world’s most ancient stories, familiar to millions across the globe: after escaping Jerusalem, Jesus Christ journeyed to Shingo, Japan, where he worked as a rice farmer, had a family, and ultimately died at the ripe old age of 106. OK . . . maybe that’s a slight variation on the classic script.

Most Christians dismiss this ‘Japanese Jesus’ legend as blasphemy, but the BBC reports the tale has its fair share of believers, too.

Paper Chase: distinctive features of the Shroud that have yet to be explained and their correlation with Historical Jesus research.

imageThis is a quote to whet your appetite.

"The Shroud of Turin is virtually ignored in “Historical Jesus” research. Why? In this paper, I will seek to provide an explanation for this curious lack of interest and examine ways in which “Historical Jesus” research and Sindonology might complement each other. Since the 1988 radiocarbon dating test, there has been a general assumption, particularly within the scientific community, that the Shroud is of medieval origin. The 1988 test results have largely been regarded as “decisive proof that the Turin Shroud is a forgery.” Recent studies, however, indicate that those results are in need of reevaluation. This paper will identify a number of distinctive features of the Shroud that have yet to be explained and will correlate these features with Historical Jesus research."

The quote is from a paper, The Shroud and the "Historical Jesus": Challenging the Disciplinary Divide by Simon Joseph, Ph.D.  Simon Joseph is an Adjunct Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University (more on the author: Simon Joseph’s CV) . This paper recently appeared on Barrie’s site.

What if Joseph of Arimathaea’s laundry-mark was found on the shroud

imageToday, August 29, 2012, Friends in Christ (Primitive Quakers) reproduced “My Lord and My God,” an article from a 2004 issue of a Quaker publication The Call . It offers an interesting and not unexpected perspective:

That is how things stand in what can only be considered a fascinating endeavour of religious archaeology. But what if it could be taken further? What if the archaeological equivalent of, say, Joseph of Arimathaea’s laundry-mark was found on the shroud, or a provenance for the Oviedo kerchief in the handwriting of the apostle Peter? Would that confer any kind of legitimacy on the current holder of either relic? Would either suddenly acquire miraculous properties? Would either prove what the Bible says about the death and resurrection of Jesus?

All of the above would be claimed – make no mistake about it – but the answer to the above questions is certainly “No”. Would there be, notwithstanding, and increase in religious fervour, attracting new devotees to the relics? Almost certainly yes!

Canticle to the Holy Face by St. Therese

imageYesterday, August 28, 2012, Carmel, Garden of God blog reprinted “Canticle to the Holy Face” – poem by St. Therese based on the Shroud of Turin. Go have a look:

The Holy Face of Jesus

(after the Holy Shroud of Turin)

This image is a reproduction of the drawing by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face

(Celine Martin) sister of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Canticle to the Holy Face

Dear Jesus! ‘tis Thy Holy Face

Is here the start that guides my way;

They countenance, so full of grace,

Is heaven on earth, for me, to-day.

. . .

Mr. Prolific’s Latest: “An exceptional article by Yannick Clément”

Yannick has another article for us The Holy Shroud Guild:


Was this page removed because it was just too political?

imageIt happens every now and then that someone removes a webpage or changes the content of a webpage and we want to see it as it once was. Well, there is some hope with the Wayback Machine. See the Web Archiving Blog.

An example come from a reader of this blog:

Was it you that one time said that it’s possible to get access to an old link, even if it’s been removed?  For some reason, one of the links that Bro. Bruno’s group had up has been removed.  It’s:

Was this page removed because it was just too political?  Too controversial? To unconfirmed? It may seem that way.

Well here is how to try and get it:

Enter the URL*/#

Where * is a timestamp in the form YYYYMMDDhhmmss and # is the URL in the form Timestamp is when the page was crawled and archived. Since you can’t possibly know it, use an asterisk and you will be given a selection to choose from. Click on the one you want, which is usually the oldest one.

So I tried it as follows:*/

imageI got a page that looked like this. It tells me that the page has been crawled 37 times and the last time was May 18, 2011. I clicked on May 18 and got the page with the following URL:

Standing Ovations All Around

imageTwo comments from blog posting, “Barrie Schwortz Announces Latest Changes to the Shroud of Turin Website (STERA, Inc.)” warrant special attention:

1. The first is from Thibault Heimburger:

Congratulations to you , Kelly Kearse, for your very beautiful and comprehensive review of the immunology of the blood.

I have learned many things, especially the details of Bollone’s studies which unfortunately are not available in English (or French).

It’s exactly the kind of balanced and honest paper we need.
I fully agree with your conclusion.

Thanks again and bravo !

2. The second is from Ron, a frequent and thoughtful participant in the blog:

MAN! You’ve got to hand it to Barrie, he is TIRELESS! Awesome update and sure worth the wait.

A huge THANK-YOU to our good friend Barrie Schwortz and anyone else involved in keeping the place to go for Shroud studies.

And that hardly covers it. I’m just reading The Shroud and the "Historical Jesus": Challenging the Disciplinary Divide by Simon Joseph. Fantastic! I’ll be up all night delving into this wonderful update.