- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Frontier Research Publications (Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0921714580
- ISBN-13: 978-0921714583
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Image of the Risen Christ Paperback – Feb 2000
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Dr. Stevenson was the official spokesman for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) in the late 70s. He brings the findings of his research and expertise to this book. Having read his two former books on the Shroud back in the 80's, (The Shroud and the Controversy and Verdict on the Shroud), I was eager for a recap and an update on new research. This book will not disappoint you. Whether you have been following the research on the Shroud for years or you are new to the study, you will find this book well-written and very interesting.
Dr. Stevenson's latest book will provoke you to intense thought about Jesus, who He was, and the price He paid.
He is critical of Ian Wilson's theory [The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ?] that the Mandylion is the Shroud: "If only the face of the Shroud image was exposed for so many centuries, why are signs of this not more visible now that the cloth is stretched out? ... there should be a circular area around the face of Christ which is more yellowed than the rest of the cloth." (Pg. 41)
He critiques Joe Nickell's skeptical theory [see Inquest on the Shroud of Turin: Latest Scientific Findings]: "Nickell's images of faces on cloth... show none of the clarity and resolution of the image on the Turin cloth... Nickell's application of powders would also have a directional nature, but the Shroud image is nondirectional... Nickell's technique is not known to have been used before the nineteenth century. Most devastating to Nickell's hypothesis are the results of testing his image for three-dimensionality on the VP-8 image analyzer. It was found that his image was not three-dimensional. He thus failed to match this crucial feature of the Shroud." (Pg. 60)
He observes, "One of the most interesting pathological issues is whether or not the body in the Shroud had been washed. A case could be made for either view... Contrary to popular opinion, dead bodies do bleed, especially in cases of violent death. But even after nonviolent, natural deaths, blood usually remains unclotted for about the first eight hours... The post-mortem blood flows can account for just the types of stains present on the Shroud." (Pg. 179-180)
This book will be of keen interest to those seriously studying the Shroud.