The Shroud of Turin is a famous piece of linen cloth purported to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. There are a lot of problems with this claim though, like the fact that no one had heard of the cloth until the Middle Ages. Also, the image of Christ that appears on the shroud is not anatomically correct. While it is hard to see by the eye alone, measurements have shown that the head is too big for the body, the arms are too long, and his nose is disproportionate.
Oh, and three radiocarbon dating tests all pointed to it being fabricated between 1260 and 1390 CE. And I would be remiss to not mention that the weave of linen in the shroud was made using a type of weave not found during the time of Jesus.
And for the Christians who are not fond of reading their own Bible, in the Gospel According to John, Chapter 20, it says that Jesus was wrapped in strips of linen and a separate cloth around his head. Check it out for yourself. And that cloth wrapped around his head has its own forgery! The Sudarium of Oviedo, which, at best, was completely unheard of until 570 CE.
So just how many pieces of cloth were wrapped around Jesus when he died? Did he look like Randy in A Christmas Story when he "can't put his arms down!"? It really is starting to seem that way. But if any of you are familiar with the number of tombs for Jesus that have popped up over the years, maybe his abundance of burial wrappings will seem like just another instance of Christians bickering with each other over who has the "real" piece of history.
For those of you unfamiliar, but interested, Jesus reportedly has a tomb beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but there is also the Garden Tomb, the Talpiot Tomb, a tomb in Kashmir, India, and a tomb in Shingo, Japan! Just how many times was Jesus buried?! Christ!
But, all of that aside. The Shroud of Turin has been debunked again. Researchers performed a two-year study of the shroud and found that the blood-stain patterns are inconsistent with a dead man wrapped in a shroud. The blood-stain patterns on the front and back of the body are completely inconsistent with each other.
This new study is unlikely to convince any believers in the shroud, of course. If radiocarbon dating, textile analysis, anatomical analysis, and the relic's dubious history all fail to convince you, what does a blood-pattern analysis add to the mix?
To quote the late, great Carl Sagan, "You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep-seated need to believe."