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The Blood And The Shroud Hardcover – 13 Apr 1998

3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st edition edition (13 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297841491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297841494
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,415,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the list of curiosities that eternally fascinate cranks and crazies, the Shroud of Turin ranks right up there with the Loch Ness monster and the Abominable Snowman. Wilson's well-written and intelligent book gives a balanced view of evidence for and against the shroud's authenticity (including new finds such as the presence of human blood and DNA on the shroud), and along the way, provides a fascinating discussion of subjects ranging from capital punishment in 1st-century Palestine to the chemistry of radiocarbon dating. For Wilson, the shroud's ultimate significance resides in the very fact of Christians' fascination with it. The shroud represents the possibility that the Resurrection actually happened; if there's any chance the shroud is authentic, and if that chance excites you, then historical facts are a crucial aspect of your faith. Given that, the Shroud of Turin becomes much more than a curiosity for cranks and crazies. It's a valuable incitement to introspection for all believers. --Michael Joseph Gross


"Perhaps the best known and most open minded of the Shroud apologists." -- Time --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Ian Wilson organizes and presents past and present information about the famed Shroud of Turin in The Blood and the Shroud: New Evidence That the World's Most Sacred Relic Is Real. When a carbon-14 in the past decade seemed to eradicate claims that the Shroud of Turin, the possible burial cloth of Jesus Christ, was old enough to qualify as such, even though impressive evidence existed aside from the Carbon-14 dating, such as the presence of pollen from plants only found in the Holy Land, and the inexplicably unique and anatomically accurate details with which the Shroud seemed to have been somehow imprinted. Only recently was it discovered that carbon particles from a fire in the Middle Ages penetrated the Shroud and were counted by the Carbon-14 test procedure, making the Shroud appear to be far younger than it actually was. The question of the Shroud's authenticity is now, once again, wide open: is this remarkable relic a link with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, or is it one of history's most brilliantly conceived hoaxes? As an anthropologist and linguist interested in medically-related forensics, such as the circumstances that could have produced the physical image of a tortured and deceased Jewish young male on this ancient cloth, I found this book a useful addition to the serious sindonologist's compendium. The book needs more illustrations, in my opinion, but the latest evidence and opinions are all under one cover in Wilson's reverently but accurately presented materials. Judge for yourself!
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Is the Shroud of Turin the death shroud of Jesus Christ? The answer, as this book points out, is far from resolved. The answer is likely to be based on faith as much as reason. The author, Ian Wilson, is upfront; he believes it to be authentic. He tackles all of the information head on. Carbon dating indicates that the shroud dates from between 1260-1390. However, Wilson discusses scientific reasons to doubt the accuracy of this result. He treats the sceptics fairly and even-handedly, not going in for any conspiracy theories or attribution of dishonest motivations on their part as claimed by some ardent defenders of the Shroud. Wilson presents an up-to-date elaboration of the scientific analysis of the Shroud. He attempts to track the existence of the Shroud back in history to the time of the crucifixation. Regardless of what you believe about the Shroud, if it is a topic you are interested in, this book is a must read.
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Wilson is unflinchingly fair and balanced in his treatment ofthe subject, considering all the theories and facts. He is also honest in relating his own inclinations and hopes on the subject, something every author should do at the outset, instead of the usual pretense of indifference.
Unlike many self-styled "skeptics" of today, who boast of their "skepticism" on the internet, Wilson is a true skeptic. He is skeptical of everyone, even himself. Today's "skeptic" is usually locked into a rigid, dogmatic point of view, which acts as a fact-filter - facts which don't fit are ignored. Wilson returns to the true old-world skepticism.
The weakness of most books on the subject is the tendency to pick and choose facts, to ignore those pieces which don't fit the authors' wishes. This kind of dishonesty seems to be absent here. Wilson lays out the evidence for us to decide, giving his own reasons for not being able to "see" the shroud as a forgery.
In the end, he does not have enough faith to believe that it is the product of some unknown genius endowed with knowledge and technology centuries ahead of his time, driven to produce a work that could not be appreciated until the invention of photography, a work that cannot even be duplicated today, despite claims to the contrary. A "cunning painting"? Try it yourself, reproducing all the characteristics of the Shroud, most notably the absence of any traces of paint application. Scorching? Good luck.
Consider yourself a skeptic? Read this book. Read other books. Look at Barry Schworz's site, which provides papers for and against. Don't take the easy road. Think for yourself (Barry, of the Jewish faith, considers the Shroud to be genuine, I think). The path of a true skeptic is not an easy one.
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The first thing most of us are going to want to ask is, what about the C-14 dating? Didn't that conclusively establish that the shroud was of medieval origin? Wilson provides excellent reasons for thinking it did not. The very next question, or so it seems to me, is, "Have any other fabrics been misdated by C-14 dating?" If so, then the question would move from the merely theoretical to the practical. I was impressed to find that, Yes, it looks as if a linen wrapping was dated by one of the same laboratories that tested the Shroud of Turin, using precisely the same techniques as were used to date the Shourd, as being considerably "younger" than it almost certainly is. This piece of evidence alone was, for me, fascinating. I highly recommend this book. The treatment is almost painfully fair. Wilson never overstates his conclusions. He is invariably even-handed with the data and with those who disagree with him. This is not simply apologetics, it is a careful, methodical treatment by someone deeply conversant with the subject.
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