Blood and the Shroud by Ian Wilson
New Evidence That the World's Most Sacred Relic is Real

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The Shroud of Turin remains one of the enduring mysteries of our age. No convincing explanation has yet been given for the "negative" image of a crucified man transferred to a length of cloth and preserved in Turin for the last four centuries. Although radiocarbon dating of the fabric in 1988 indicated it to be medieval, synchronous with the Shroud's first recorded appearance in the 1350s, there is still no satisfactory explanation for the image itself. Was it painted? If so, by whom? How could the artist have understood perspective before this technique was "discovered" in the Renaissance? How could he have painted an image in negative with no means to see and check it? With so many questions about the Shroud as inexplicably unresolved as ever; with the radiocarbon dating findings only deepening the riddle, not solving it; and with the Shroud about to be shown again, in 1998 and 2000; an overview and an up-to-date consideration of the evidence is overdue. Here, Ian Wilson returns to the subject of his international bestseller, "The Shroud of Turin", to reveal such startling findings as the discovery of human blood and DNA on the Shroud; the uncovering of historical evidence that something very like the Shroud existed at the time Jesus lived; the discovery of a "bioplastic coating" of living microorganisms which, if it had been carbondated in 1988, would have indicated that the Shroud was some one thousand years older than it was thought to be; and the new analysis of the photographic-negative-like image on the Shroud. Wilson's landmark book on this subject, "The Shroud of Turin", was published in 1978. In the intervening twenty years, in addition to the radiocarbon dating, much additional research has been done on the Shroud, and the dating process itself scrutinized. Ian Wilson's pursuit of every discipline related to the Shroud, including art history, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, photography, and archaeology, has equipped him to give the most authoritative answer yet to the question: Did the Shroud wrap the body of Christ? His enthralling text, with its objective but persuasive answers, tells us as much as it is currently possible to know. It also makes it possible for us to believe.

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Born in London in 1941, Ian Wilson attended Emanuel School in London and Magdalen College in Oxford. After his schooling, Wilson pursued a career in business management. In 1973, he was invited to study the Shroud of Turin, a topic of interest very close to his heart. His work resulted in the best-seller The Turin Shroud, which was later translated into 10 languages. Wilson also co-scripted a critically-acclaimed television documentary on the subject, entitled The Silent Witness. This was followed by the best-selling book Jesus: The Evidence. Wilson is known for the investigative approach he takes in examining the evidence for life after death, stigmata, the biblical Exodus, the discovery of America, and the historical Shakespeare. Such was his approach in writing The Blood and the Shroud, which is the first detailed re-appraisal of the Shroud of Turin following the famous carbon dating. Wilson is married and has two sons.
Published April 1, 1998 by The Free Press. 333 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A stubborn but unconvincing apologia for the author's persistent belief that the Shroud of Turin is the actual burial shroud of Jesus.

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The Shroud of Turin is perhaps the most controversial and awe-inspiring religious relic of our time. In 1988, a team of scientists announced that the Shroud was in fact a medieval forgery and not the

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In part two, Wilson argues that, while the Shroud visually satisfies the criteria that might be expected of the burial of a first-century Jew crucified as Jesus was, forensic evidence presented by the Shroud reveals its use as the burial cloth of a crucified man.

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