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Physical Evidence of Jesus Christ #2: Shroud of Turin and Christ and the Sudarium

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Published on Mar 31, 2013

Sudarium & Shroud of Jesus How the Sudarium is evidence that the Shroud of Turin shows the genuine image of Christ. http://www.shroud.com/guscin.htm

Lying in the Cathedral of Oviedo, Spain in relative obscurity compared to its more famous cousin, the Sudarium presents a better provenance and history than the Shroud of Turin and may be the sole surviving relic of the crucifixion that has made it to modern times. Measuring 34" by 21", the Sudarium is a bloodstained cloth purported to have covered the head of Jesus of Nazareth after his burial. The cloth is mentioned to have been in the tomb in John 20:6-7 described as a cloth separate from the shroud. It isn't mentioned again until 570 A.D. when it was being kept by monks in a cave near Jerusalem. In 614, just before the Sasanian King of Persia Khusru II conquered Jerusalem, the cloth was taken to Alexandria, and within just a few years made its way to Spain through North Africa. It's been there ever since. Unlike most relics, which tend to be medieval forgeries, the Sudarium is much different in both its clear provenance and history, and the fact that it really isn't all that impressive to look at. It has no miraculous images, it's not a spear or a nail, or a crown of thorns. It's a blood stained cloth that covered the head of someone who died a very brutal death. An investigation by Dr. Jose Villalain showed that the victim died in an upright position, and the stains are comprised mostly of fluid from the lungs, along with blood. This illustrates death by asphyxiation while bleeding, consistent with crucifixion, which tends to suffocate the victim rather than cause death from blood loss. The stains are superimposed on top of one another, suggesting that some of the stains were at least partly dried when the body was moved again causing new fluid to deposit. The folds of the Sudarium suggest that the cloth was put in place while the body was in an upright position, perhaps still on the cross. There are smaller bloodstains present that may suggest a crown of thorns. Pollen samples taken from the cloth by Dr. Max Frei are consistent with Jerusalem, North Africa and Spain. It has also been argued that there are clear correlations between the stains on the Sudarium and the Shroud of Turin, and the two seem to be made from very similar cloth. While the debate rages on about the authenticity of the Shroud, the Sudarium's clear history has protected it from the same level of controversy. Radiocarbon dating done by Baima Bollone showed the Sudarium to date from the 6th century, but Bollone stated that the dating is probably unreliable. Believers know that the person who wore the Sudarium died a violent death consistent with crucifixion. It dates from at least the 6th century, probably older. And that the cloth was found in Jerusalem. This one simple piece of cloth may be as close as a true relic of the passion of Christ. The blood found on this Sudarium and Shroud of Turn is the same AB type. The discovery of Sudarium of Oviedo and Shroud of Turin helps to support each other in the authenticity of the relics. This is another piece of evidence that the crucifixion of Jesus is a historical event.

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