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The Jesus Conspiracy: The Turin Shroud and the Truth About the Resurrection Paperback – May, 1995

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Paperback
This is the most ineresting books that i have read that talk about the turin shroud,christ and the resurrection. The authors of the book postulate that christ did not die on the cross but was actually rescued from his death.
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'.
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By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Holger Kersten is known for his book Jesus Lived in India which was published about ten years ago and updated in 1994. I remember reading some of that book several years ago and being absolutely unimpressed by his so-called evidence that Jesus had traveled to India at some time. His new book The Jesus Conspiracy is a little more creditable, but not much. His main thesis is that the Vatican rigged the 1988 carbon dating test of the SHROUD OF TURIN to show a medieval date for the origin of the shroud. Kersten believes the SRHROUD to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus, but that it shows that Jesus was still alive when he was taken from the cross (due to evidence of blood flow). So Kersten believes the Catholic Church wants to cover up the shroud's authenticity, therefore they rigged the carbon test, substituting cloth from a 13th Century knight's head-dress for the cloth from the shroud.
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 (!
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Format: Paperback
I've read a variety of books dealing with similar mysteries, and this is certainly one of the more entertaining and interesting of that genre. However, the authors fall into the fairly typical track of getting extremely excited about their "discovery," and then analyzing the evidence to prove their theory. One of the most telling, and irritating, examples of this is their reliance on the specific words used in the Gospels. Even the oldest manuscripts we have of the gospels are copies and translations, so relying heavily on certain words, and giving them sub-textual meaning, is hardly "evidence" of any kind of conspiracy. Also suspect is their quickness to dismiss alternate accounts of events from other Gospels, simply ignoring their sources as either not being in on the "secret," or having gotten their information second hand.
That being said, this is still a great read if you can keep your eye out for the corners that are being cut.
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Format: Hardcover
For centuries the shroud was the holy relic of the church, exhibited to prove that Jesus existed.

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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