Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Editorial and Contents," Shroud of Turin News, July 2017

Shroud of Turin News - July 2017
© Stephen E. Jones

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This is the "Editorial and Contents," part #1 of the July 2017 issue of my Shroud of Turin News. Following this editorial, I may comment on Shroud-related July 2017 news articles in separate posts, linked back to this post, with the articles' words in bold to distinguish them from mine. I have listed some linked articles about the Shroud in July as a service to readers, without necessarily commenting on them. If I do comment on an article in a separate Shroud of Turin News post, I will add after it "- see Month year, part #n".

"Shroud, new study: there is blood of a man tortured and killed," Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli, 11 July 2017
"New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim," Catholic News Agency, Turin, Italy, July 14, 2017.
"Experts in HUGE Turin Shroud discovery – is this proof at last Jesus WAS wrapped in cloth?," Daily Express, Joey Millar, Jul 17, 2017.
"Numismatics of Shroud of Turin resurrected," Numismatic News, Richard Giedroyc, July 17, 2017.
"Turin Shroud is stained with the blood of a torture victim, new research shows - supporting the belief that it DOES show the face of Jesus," Daily Mail, Jay Akbar, 18 July 2017.
"Shroud of Turin is stained with blood from torture victim supporting belief it's Jesus's face," Metro, Richard Hartley-Parkinson, 18 Jul 2017.


Rex Morgan's Shroud News: My scanning and word-processing of the 118 issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, provided by Ian Wilson, and emailing them to Barrie Schwortz, for him to convert to PDFs and add to his online Shroud News archive, continued in July up to issue #81, February 1994 [Right (enlarge)], i.e 69% completed. Issues in that archive are now up to #76, April 1993.

Posts: In July I blogged 4 new posts (latest uppermost): "Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Eleventh century," - 27th; "`Atomic resolution studies detect new biologic evidences on the Turin Shroud,' Shroud of Turin News, June 2017," - 19th; "c.15 June 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud," - 7th; "`Editorial and Contents,' Shroud of Turin News, June 2017," - 6th

Updates in the background. In July there were no significant updates in the background to past posts.

Comments: There were no significant comments in July.

My radiocarbon dating hacker theory: I blogged no posts about my hacker theory in July.

My book: I am making progress in writing a dot-point outline of my book on my smartphone (see 06Jul17). Chapters completed in dot-point outline up to July were: "0. Preface"; "1. Introduction"; "2. Linen cloth"; "3. Man on the Shroud"; "4. Wounds and bloodstains"; and "5. Bible and the Shroud".

News: Obituary: H. David Sox (April 24, 1936 - August 28, 2016). In July on a whim, I googled "Rev David Sox" to find out if the

[Left (enlarge): David Sox (left) on his 80th birthday, 24 April 2016, presumably with "his partner of 45 years, Allan Offermann".]

former General Secretary of the British Society for the Turin Shroud, turned anti-authenticist, had made any recent comment on the Shroud. I had done this every year or so but had usually drawn a blank. However this time I noticed a funeral home obituary for a "Harold David Sox." I knew he was "H. David Sox" but I didn't know (or had forgotten) what the "H" stood for. On reading the obituary, when I came to, "In 1974 he moved to London where he taught at the American School for 19 years" I knew it was the David Sox, without having to read further down that, "He is the author of numerous articles and 11 published books on varied subjects from the Shroud of Turin ..." I emailed the obituary to Ian Wilson and Barrie Schwortz, in case they hadn't heard that Sox had died. Barrie hasn't yet replied but Ian did and said he hadn't heard of Sox's death and would write an obituary of Sox in the BSTS Newsletter. I will also write an obituary of Sox in my next post after this. The online guest book at the funeral home has only 12 entries and only one of those (the BBC's Neil Cameron) is from Sox's Shroud connection. So this item and my obituary to follow may be the first that most Shroud pro- and anti-authenticists will have heard of Sox's death.

Pageviews: At midnight on 31 July 2017, Google Analytics [Below (enlarge)]gave this blog's "Pageviews all time history" as 777,560. This compares with 567,373 (up 210,187 or 37.0%) from the same time in July 2016. It also gave the most viewed posts for the month (highest uppermost) as: "John P. Jackson, `An Unconventional Hypothesis to Explain all Image Characteristics Found on the Shroud Image' (1991)," Jan 18, 2012 - 219; "c.15 June 1987: On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud," Jul 7, 2017-180; "Shroud of Turin News" - October 2015 Nov 10, 2015 - 114; "`Atomic resolution studies detect new biologic evidences on the Turin Shroud,' Shroud of Turin News, June 2017," - 103 and "Real human blood #23: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!," Jun 3, 2017 - 94. As can be seen from the graph, pageviews peaked in the middle of the month and then settled down again.

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Posted: 13 August 2017. Updated: 3 September 2017.

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