I have decided to largely (but not completely) confine my
blogging here to writing an outline of a book, "The Shroud of Turin: Burial Sheet of Jesus?", as per the following chapter headings.
2. HISTORY OF THE SHROUD
3. THE BIBLE AND THE SHROUD
4. FOR THE SHROUD BEING JESUS' BURIAL SHEET
5. AGAINST THE SHROUD BEING JESUS' BURIAL SHEET
6. IMAGE FORMATION THEORIES
This will be, as the name suggests, a systematic analysis of the evidence for, and against, the Shroud of Turin being the very burial sheet of Jesus.
As there, this Contents page will contain the hyperlinks to each chapter, and each chapter in turn will contain the hyperlinks to each section in it. Each section will have its own page. The numbering of sections and even of chapters may change as the book outline grows. I will try to post at least one new section a week, not necessarily in chapter or section order. Because of the limitations of Blogger's format (and my time!), each section will have to be brief. If I make changes to an existing section, I won't post it again, although I may indicate it on a current post. While I will still continue to post here on other Shroud-related issues, including continuing here my "Bogus: Shroud of Turin?" series begun on my other blog), writing this book outline will be my main focus on this blog.
Comments are welcome but as per my stated policy, I no longer have the time or inclination for extended debate, so I will generally respond only once to each comment that appears.
Since I intend to use this material eventually as the basis of a published book , I hereby assert copyright over this page and all "The Shroud of Turin: Burial Sheet of Jesus?" pages linked under it.
PS: Note that the lead author of the paper in scientific journal, admitting that "The Turin Shroud ... bears" a "remarkable image" which "depicts all the stigmata of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible" (my emphasis), was Harry E. Grove, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester NY, who was the leading figure in the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud to the 14th century!
Stephen E. Jones, BSc. (Biology).
My other blog: CreationEvolutionDesign
"The Turin Shroud is a linen cloth the color of old ivory measuring 4.4 by 1.1 m. It bears the faint front and back, head to head, imprint of a naked man. This remarkable image depicts all the stigmata of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible. As a result, it is thought by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus. The shroud's known history dates back to about the year 1357 when it was displayed in a church in Lirey, France. The shroud, or some version of it, eventually passed into the hands of the House of Savoy. The shroud was stored in a silver chest in a chapel in Chambery, France and in 1532 a fire raged through the chapel. Part of the chest melted and gouts of molten silver burned through the shroud, fortunately outside the image, in a symmetric fashion due to the way it was folded in the chest. The shroud was doused with water before further damage could occur and the burn holes were later patched. In 1578 the seat of the House of Savoy was moved to Turin, Italy and the shroud moved with it. In 1983 the last king of Italy, Umberto II, a member of the House of Savoy, willed the shroud to the Vatican. It is presently stored in a silver reliquary in a glass case behind the main altar of the Cathedral of John the Baptist in Turin, under the custody of the Archbishop of Turin." (Gove, H.E., Mattingly, S.J., David, A.R. & L.A. Garza-Valdes, "A problematic source of organic contamination of linen," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research -Section B, 1997, pp.504-507, p.504. My emphasis)