- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Lutterworth Press (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718829859
- ISBN-13: 978-0718829858
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.3 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,839,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oviedo Cloth, the Paperback – June 1, 1998
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Large parts of the book are dedicated to the discussion of the Shroud of Turin rather than the Oviedo cloth. This may be seen by many as a bonus, rather than a flaw, but then its title should have reflected this.
Parts of the text are so heavily involved with the Bible and Christianity, and a defence of it, that i feel the book would be beter titled "Why i am a Christian"! The author attacks authors for drawing conclusions from evidence that fits a certain hypothesis they are trying to push, yet he does the exact same thing when stating that the plural fluids on the cloth are a sure sign of death.
The part that detracted from the decent scholarship of this book was the section in which the author details what would have been needed for a forger to forge the Shroud of Turin. The sarcastic tone of the 5 page description is woeful. The points have already been made and the author's commentary does not add value to his arguments.
Overall, however, this book contains an excellent description and summary of the colelctive evidence of the Shroud and the Oveido cloth. The last chapter tries to do too much and instead loses the focus, and objectivity of the earlier chapters. Nonetheless its a worthy read and something that anyone interested in the Shroud of Turin must read.
At that point, he disgresses off into yet another argument about the Shroud of Turin. There is little middle ground about the Shroud: either you believe it's authentic or you don't. Hauling all that baggage into this discussion serves little purpose. For that reason, I give this book four instead of five stars. People who are interested in the Shroud, the Pañolon itself, or Spanish history will find it very interesting.
For the record, there are three times a year that you can actually see the Pañolon in Oviedo's Cathedral: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and for reasons that are obscure to me, December 13th. Other times you can see the box that holds it, and a big photo of the article.