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« on: March 27, 2012, 05:17:56 PM »

New book coming out -- just in time for Easter. What a coincidence. Roll Eyes

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Penguin has been employing "Harry Potter-style security measures" for a book it releases today [26th March], billing the secret non-fiction title as containing an "astonishing breakthrough" which explains the birth of Christianity for the first time.

The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection by Cambridge art historian Thomas de Wesselow has been kept a closely guarded secret by Penguin, with only three staff at Penguin in the know about it until this year. C.E.O. Tom Weldon and Viking editorial director Joel Rickett acquired world rights through Philippa Harrison at Ed Victor.

The book tackles the question of how Christianity was born. The religion began when, after Jesus' crucifixion, Jesus' followers claimed to have seen him alive again. In The Sign, de Wesselow argues that it was the Turin Shroud, the cloths Jesus was wrapped in after his reurrection, which his followers saw, seeing the imprint of Jesus in the cloth and taking it as a sign of resurrection. Though the shroud has been assumed to be a fake created in medieval times, de Wesselow provides what the publisher describes as "conclusive evidence" that the shroud is authentic, based on the fact that the imprint of Jesus' body is a negative image.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 05:39:51 PM »

New book coming out -- just in time for Easter. What a coincidence. Roll Eyes

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Penguin has been employing "Harry Potter-style security measures" for a book it releases today [26th March], billing the secret non-fiction title as containing an "astonishing breakthrough" which explains the birth of Christianity for the first time.

The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection by Cambridge art historian Thomas de Wesselow has been kept a closely guarded secret by Penguin, with only three staff at Penguin in the know about it until this year. C.E.O. Tom Weldon and Viking editorial director Joel Rickett acquired world rights through Philippa Harrison at Ed Victor.

The book tackles the question of how Christianity was born. The religion began when, after Jesus' crucifixion, Jesus' followers claimed to have seen him alive again. In The Sign, de Wesselow argues that it was the Turin Shroud, the cloths Jesus was wrapped in after his reurrection, which his followers saw, seeing the imprint of Jesus in the cloth and taking it as a sign of resurrection. Though the shroud has been assumed to be a fake created in medieval times, de Wesselow provides what the publisher describes as "conclusive evidence" that the shroud is authentic, based on the fact that the imprint of Jesus' body is a negative image.

For crying out loud. Let's just ignore the fact that the Risen Lord was seen in the flesh and insinuate that He disappeared and the Apostles used deductive reasoning. Rather audacious to call it non-fiction.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 05:49:27 PM »

It is a good question to ask though, that is it possible to create a "negative image" in the 13th Century?  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 06:59:09 PM »

Wow.  So the Apostles saw an image on a shroud, assumed Christ rose from the dead, and then went and got themselves killed because of a piece of fabric?
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 08:21:09 PM »

I find the idea of time-travelling cloth harder to swallow than traditional accounts of the Resurrection.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012, 08:59:04 PM »

New book coming out -- just in time for Easter. What a coincidence. Roll Eyes

To be fair, we do need something to read during the commercial breaks of the History Channel shows telling us about the heretofore unknown historical Jesus.
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012, 10:12:17 PM »

I find the idea of time-travelling cloth harder to swallow than traditional accounts of the Resurrection.

The Shroud appeared right after the sack of Constantinople.  No doubt it was one of the relics stolen by the Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade.  Greece at the time was a Crusader state, and the Shroud I believe was owned by a French noble family that lived in Athens.  Eventually it was brought  back to France.   Now I'm not too sure about all of this,  so don't take my word for it.

I read a few years ago that the original 'mandilla' (Veronica/handkerchief) which has the face of Jesus was found in a little church in Italy.  The one in the Vatican was merely a copy.   No doubt it too was stolen by the Crusaders.  When the face of Christ on the Mandilla was superimposed on the face of Christ on the Shroud, it was a perfect match.  Since then I haven't read anything about it, so again I might be mistaken.  
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