The Sign by Thomas de Wesselow
The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection

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De Wesselow’s ideas regarding the Resurrection seem highly speculative and unconvincing..., but when he sticks to evidence for the authenticity of the Shroud he’s on much firmer ground.
-Curious Presbyterian

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Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago in ancient Palestine. It has shaped the course of human history. Yet historians still cannot say how it really began. How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion?

It is one of the biggest and most profound of all historical mysteries. This extraordinary book finally provides a convincing answer.

Traditionally, the birth of Christianity has been explained via the miracle of the Resurrection. After Jesus died he was raised from the dead by God and appeared to his disciples, telling them to spread the gospel. Once they saw the Risen Jesus, nothing could shake their belief. Within a few generations Christianity had spread throughout the Middle East and Europe; within a few centuries it had taken over much of the world.

But historians have been unable to account for Christianity’s remarkable success without the Resurrection to spark it. If no one really saw the Risen Jesus, how were his followers convinced that he was their immortal Messiah?

Art historian Thomas de Wesselow has spent the last seven years deducing the answer to this puzzle, and in doing so he has pieced together an entirely new picture of the birth of Christianity. Reassessing a familiar but misunderstood historical source and reinterpreting many biblical passages, de Wesselow shows that the solution has been staring us in the face for more than a century.

The Shroud of Turin, widely thought to be a fake, is in fact authentic. And it holds the key to the greatest mystery in human history.
 

About Thomas de Wesselow

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Thomas de Wesselow is an art historian used to tackling "unsolvable" problems. He studied art history at Edinburgh University and at the Courtauld in London, where he worked successfully on the Guidoriccio Problem, one of the great mysteries of Italian art. Later, he became a Scholar at the British School in Rome, researching an even more complex puzzle, the so-called Assisi Problem. In 2002, he was appointed a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at King's College, Cambridge University.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Plume. 400 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction
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The Holy Shroud Guild

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Reviewed by Mark Antonacci, Patrick Byrne

Unfortunately, all of the authors' above contentions are based on little, if any, scientific or other credible evidence. Instead they are largely, if not completely, based on conjecture and illogical interpretations.

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Christ the Tao

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Apr 30 2012

A discredited version of Western intellectual history, another cheap shot that suggests DW is going to rely on a lot of stale old cliches in lieu of real historical research, at critical junctures.

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Curious Presbyterian

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Mar 24 2012

De Wesselow’s ideas regarding the Resurrection seem highly speculative and unconvincing..., but when he sticks to evidence for the authenticity of the Shroud he’s on much firmer ground.

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