- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Element Books Ltd (May 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852306661
- ISBN-13: 978-1852306663
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jesus Conspiracy: The Turin Shroud and the Truth About the Resurrection Paperback – May, 1995
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This theory is based on the findings of their painfully detailed scientific research that blood flowed from the body of christ into the cloth after he was removed from the cross. This bleeding as such has revealed that christ was indeed still alive at the time of being wrapped in the cloth. Their thorough analysis of the scriptures then lead them into a hypothesis that Joseph and nicodemus in conjuction with the centurion had a plot to rescue jesus. They site in their detailed research that jesus had a "quick" death. He was put on the cross at 12pm and then removed at 3pm, they site that other people who where crucifed at the same time who had the same punishment survived a much longer period of time; days in fact. It is postulated that Jesus was drugged with an opium based vinegar that was presented to him by the centurion. This made him unconscious and then he was removed from the cross and moved to a tomb made by Joseph. According to the book this tomb that was supposedly built by Joseph for his family was indeed intended to save jesus. As Joseph and his family lived far away and building a family tomb so far away made no sense ..unless it was built to save jesus. The theory then states that the burial of jesus was in fact incomplete, according to the eyewitness account of john. He had previously been witness to the burial of Lazarus and therefore understood the jewish method of burial. In the case of jesus this was very different, it was incomplete becasue he was not being buried but being 'healed'.Read more ›
Actually, he does a pretty good job of pointing out the many irregularities and inconsistencies of the test, up to a point. Then he gets into a long and garbled account of his high-tech examination of the photos of the various shroud samples as compared with a photo of the shroud itself, where the cutting was done. He attempts to prove that the photo of the cloth sample that was received by the Oxford carbon-dating facility could not have been cut from the shroud, due to differences in the weave, etc. However, by examining the photos provided in the book (plates 12 and 14),I found several points of similarity--i.e., a raised thread at the same place on the cloth, etc.--convincing enough for me that the Oxford cloth was cut from the shroud.
Kersten provides a computer-enhanced overlay comparison in plates 27 and 28, but the Oxford photo has been printed with the negative reversed (!Read more ›
That being said, this is still a great read if you can keep your eye out for the corners that are being cut.
The church was so certain it even let it be subject to scientific testing. But the testing began to reveal that Whoever was wrapped in the shroud was alive and bleeding. The church needed a suitably dead Jesus to bolster its claims for death and resurrection and now they were the one's keen to prove this was a forgery.
In the final testing, the sample released ny the church was delayed. Holger Kersten's detailed investigative work found that the shroud sample given was not of the original but from a vestment from 1296.
As always the Catholic Church remains, not the guardian of the truth, but the preserver of doctrine. If it were necessary to create or to destroy a relic they would easily do so to preserve what they want their flock to believe. Kudos to the authors for their painstaking investigative work.
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This book is a suppliment to another by the same author,jesus lived in indiaPublished 15 months ago by madabhushiv
If you are in any way interested in sindonology, the study of the Shroud of Turin, this well researched and generally well-argued book will tell you all you need to know, and then... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John M Ballard
I thoroughly appreciated the research that went into this work. The title of the book put me off reading it for a number of years, but curiosity won out. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by R.McReynolds
Holger Kersten has also written Jesus Lived in India: His Unknown Life Before and After the Crucifixion; Elmar Gruber is a scientific adviser for German TV and radio, and has also... Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Steven H Propp
Received book promptly. Story seems okay and very factual. Too bad politics has to get involved in order to get something investigated truthfully and sooner rather than later. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Al Powers, Genie
The authors are really informative in their investigation of the possible shell-game involving the (possible) samples of the Shroud used to perform the now-half-doubted C-14... Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Mark Alfred
I would give the authors five stars for their insightful research and their intriguing theory. However, I would give them only one star for their grand assumption. Read morePublished on August 2, 2008 by Gordon Sironen