The Shroud of Turin in the New Testament
Due to persecution and the corresponding threat of the Holy Shroud being confiscated or harmed by religious enemies or by political authorities, a plausible inference can be made that any reference concerning the Shroud in the writings of the Apostles would have been veiled or camouflaged. Several texts in the New Testament make excellent candidates in that regard. The author of this website has written exegetical papers on these texts which have served as a watershed, challenging traditional understandings. The subject makes for a fascinating study! Evidence suggests the Shroud was treasured in the early Church and used in evangelistic efforts as proof to the truthfulness of the Gospel story.
"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities....
For he was cut off from the land of the living....
After he has suffered, he will see the light of life...." (Isaiah 53:5, 8a, 11a)
εἰ τὴν μαρτυρίαν τῶν ἀνθρώπων λαμβάνομεν, ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ θεοῦ μείζων ἐστίν,
ὅτι αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ θεοῦ ὅτι μεμαρτύρηκεν περὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ.
1 John 5:9
In the author’s opinion, the papers below make an excellent case for there being hidden references to the Shroud (with its miraculous image) within the Biblical cannon. If not the Shroud, what is the correct answer to each of the following four questions?
- What precisely was the special “Sign” Jesus promised would be forthcoming to a “wicked generation,” an extraordinary attesting miracle “from heaven” that opponents would be able “to see”?
(Matthew 12:38-42; 16:1-4)
- How exactly did the Galatians see (“before your eyes”) “Jesus Christ publicly portrayed as crucified”?
- What exactly was the writer of Hebrews referring to when he wrote of “the greater and more perfect sacred tent” (i.e., tabernacle) when Christ ministered as the superior “High Priest”—a sacred tent that was “not made with human hands … not of this creation,” yet was associated with His actual “blood” and assisted with His entry into the heavenly “Sanctuary”? (Hebrews 9:11-12)
- What specifically was John writing about when he spoke of “the testimony (or witness) of God that He has testified concerning His Son”—a testimony “greater than the testimony of men” (i.e., the testimony of John himself and the other Apostles) and a testimony buttressed in the present time by “the three that are bearing witness: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three are in reference to the one thing”? (1 John 5:5-13)