imageStephen Jones has added the next installment 3.4 (part 22) of The Bible and the Shroud with The man on the Shroud was beaten. It is a well organized treatment of how observed facial characteristics, presumably caused by beating, seem to be evident in some ancient artistic renderings of Jesus’ face.

Conclusion The man on the Shroud has facial injuries which closely match the Gospels’ description of the blows about the face which Jesus was subjected to. Christian artists since the sixth century have depicted Jesus with an asymmetrical face, a bent nose, a concave left cheek and a convex right cheek which matches the facial injuries of the man on the Shroud. This adds to the already overwhelming weight of evidence that the Shroud of Turin is not a forgery, but it really is Jesus’ burial sheet and the image on it really is of Jesus!

Stephen also writes:

His facial wounds include: swelling of both eyebrows, a torn right eyelid, a large swelling below his right eye, a swollen nose, a triangular-shaped wound on right cheek with its apex pointing to his nose, a swelling to his left cheek, a swelling to the left side of his chin[5]. His right eye is nearly swollen shut, and his nose is twisted.

Why don’t I see the swollen nose in any of the art? Is it just me? His nose is twisted?

The picture, copied from Stephen’s blog is a “[t]hree-dimensional enhancement of the Shroud face, by Mário Azedvedo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, showing the extreme degree of swelling of the man’s right cheek, under his right eye.”