Gary Habermas on the Shroud at Apologetics Conference Last Friday
a 16th century painting?
The Christian Post in reporting (at least that’s the headline and there is a question mark) Radiation From the Shroud of Turin a Clue to Jesus’ Resurrection?:
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Radiation and various blood stains found on the Shroud of Turin may be possible clues that the cloth is not a forgery and is indeed evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, offered Gary Habermas, distinguished research professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, on Friday during a presentation at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference.
Habermas, who has been lecturing on the topic since the 1970s, reminded the audience of a number of interesting discoveries that scientists have been able to make about the Shroud, but refused to make any definitive statements on whether this is indeed the authentic burial robe of Jesus Christ.
One of the discoveries based on enhanced images of the Shroud presented is that the person’s teeth were showing through the skin – possible signs of the resurrection for those who believe that the man is indeed Jesus Christ.
"His skin is intact, his beard is intact, but you are able to see what’s inside coming out, just like if you are able to see what’s on the back of a hand," Habermas said during the presentation, while showing a photo of an exposed human skull juxtapositioned next to the head of the man in the Shroud, with the teeth from the two images aligned.
As I have stated before, I Don’t See Flowers and Coins and Teeth on the Shroud of Turin:
The shroud is dirty, creased and wrinkled. It has been exposed to dust, moisture, smoke from fire and almost certainly candles and incense. It has been exposed to moisture and there are clear water stains in places. It has been folded different ways and rolled up for storage. Folding causes creases. It has been held aloft and probably hung in ways that over time caused stretching. The cloth was woven on a hand loom with handspun thread that is not perfectly uniform. All of this contributes to visual information and visual misinformation.
So does the banding patterns, the variegated appearance of the cloth. We know that it alters the appearance of the face very dramatically. It certainly must contribute to what some say they see on the shroud. For instance, if you look closely, you are likely to see what looks like teeth behind the man’s lips, as though somehow the image contains x-ray qualities. But vertical banding lines may be the reason we see teeth. Clear banding lines extend well beyond the teeth, beyond the face even, and seemingly for the length of the cloth.
And then there is this. Is there perhaps a mistake in the newspaper’s account?
The research professor presented a slide of a 16th century painting of Christ showing remarkable resemblances to the imprints on the Shroud, and examined some of the oddities in it.
Enhanced images seemingly show that the beard is angled a little bit to the left than straight through the center of the face, and that it has a small indent in the middle. While some believe that the image suggests the man in the Shroud had a short beard, Habermas argued that the indent is actually a blood stain, and that the beard extends further down than the image suggests.
Many of these characteristics were present in the 16th century painting, and even other paintings dating back to 6th century B.C.
"The point of this is to say there was a Shroud; they knew what it was, and they had an image of it after the 16th century," he said.
"I’m not saying that the Shroud face is Jesus, I’m saying that the guy who (composed the painting) thought it was Jesus’ face."