This valuable paper has been added to the Proceedings of the Valencia Congress on the Shroud that took place in April of last year.
Author: Ada Grossi
This paper studies some aspects of the Shroud of Turin in relation to Jewish funerary customs: the analysis is based on scientific literature on the subject, on ancient sources and on archaeological finds. After discussing a few specific characteristics of the Turin Shroud fabric, we delve into talmudic and traditional references to Jewish burial shrouds and into some linguistic observations (also presenting a Hebrew textile terms glossary).The Shroud of Turin appears to be a traditional Jewish burial shroud; the only really peculiar feature is the exceptional value of the cloth (which is however consistent with the range of possibilities allowed by Jewish laws)
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