Tuesday, March 03, 2015
CNN: "Finding Jesus" starts with "The Shroud of Turin"
CNN has started a new series on Sunday nights for the Lenten season, “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery”, with the basic link here.
The first episode was “The Shroud of Turin”, and it fully documents the garment found in the Fourteenth Century (there are several others, like one found in Lirey, France. The documentary reports the carbon dating that suggests the document was created about then, possibly by a crude camera called the “camera obscura”, which actually could deposit a negative on cloth using silver nitrate or carbonate, and urine (as a source of ammonia).
However, there is another facial shroud in Spain. The Sudarium of Oviedo, on the northwest coast of Spain, in Galicia (I have been to Bilbao, in 2001, to the East, in the Basque area). The Sudarium actually matches the shroud.
There are many people who question the Carbon 14 dating on the shroud, and believe the shroud may indeed have originated at the time of the crucifixion.
The documentary covered a lot of details as to how the crucifixion would have progressed, leading to suffocation, with the nails through the wrists. It also covers the chronology of the handling of the body and the garments as is known.
Wikipedia attribution link for photo of ark that holds the Sudarium, p.d., author Sitomon.