Proof Of The Resurrection?

The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ?, by Ian Wilson (Doubleday, 1978, 272 pp., $10), and Shroud, by Robert K. Wilcox (Macmillan and Bantam, 1977, 182 pp., $8.95 and $2.25 pb), are reviewed by Gary Habermas, professor of apologetics and philosophy of religion, Montana Institute of the Bible, Lewistown, Montana.

Is the shroud kept at Turin, Italy (on rare public display this fall) the actual burial garment of Jesus? Interest in this subject has grown, as evidenced by the publication of an increasing number of articles, a revised book on the shroud, and two new books on the subject.

Known to exist since at least 1354, the shroud measures 14′ 3″ x 3′ 7″. On the linen itself is imprinted the “double image” of a man, revealing the entire length of both the front and back of the body. The double image, head-to-head, is apparently because the cloth was wrapped lengthwise around a dead man.

An interesting feature of the shroud is that the man was obviously beaten, whipped, cut in the scalp, stabbed in the side, and pierced through both wrists and feet. To investigators, the wounds are similar to those that would have been inflicted by crucifixion.

An equally interesting point is that photographs of the shroud’s image do not reveal the normal positive print; rather they appear in the negative. This has intrigued observers, since photographic negatives were unknown until the last century.

The major issue concerns the authenticity of the shroud. Was it faked and made to appear like Jesus’ burial clothes? If actual, do we know whether Jesus was wrapped in it after death? And what caused the mysterious imprint?

Both Ian Wilson and Robert Wilcox address themselves to such questions in their new books ...

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