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The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: New Scientific Evidence Paperback – March 24, 1998
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The editing leaves a bit to be desired. There are endless repetitions of much of the information, almost as if the various sections of the book were written by different authors who did not read each other's work.
All in all, however, the book was well worth reading, especially for those of us who are new to the details of this wonderful, miraculous story.
Positive elements: It's a pretty quick read, and the parts of the book dealing with forensic evidence actually move along almost like a thriller. The examination of dust, pollen, linen, and means and effects of crucifixion are pretty well presented.
Negative elements: The writing style is frustratingly repetitive. Quite often a sentence is repeated, even without significant variation of vocabulary or word order. Sometimes even whole paragraphs are repeated for no real purpose other than to fill up pages. For example, on page 101 is a paragraph labeled "Legend of King Abgar," without attribution. The very next section, "Eusebius the Historian," starts off with basically the same paragraph, only this time attributed to Eusebius. An example of sloppy editing is found on page 180, where the last paragraph in the section "The Rise and Fall of the Iron-Oxide Theory" has nothing to do with iron oxide, and obviously belongs as a conclusion to the previous section, "Is the Shroud a Painting?" These problems of writing style are much more evident in the sections dealing with the history of the shroud, perhaps where the author felt on less sure ground.
For some reason, the author then returns to scientific evidence to discuss the infamous carbon-14 tests of 1988. Here the confidence level picks up again. Although a careful examination might shake that confidence: On page 160 is the section "Carbon-14 -- What is it?" where we read that C-12 and C-13 are "stable atoms, that is, atoms likely to hold on to their electrons." Radioactive stability has nothing to do with electron affinity, but with the likelihood of the atomic nucleus (where there are no electrons) holding together. It is neutrons that distinguish isotopes, not electrons.
On a final technical note, the author points out that the blood type on the shroud is AB. According to sources, this blood type did not exist until about 700 AD. Also, according to Barrie Schwortz of the original STURP research team, as blood ages, its enzymes decay such that eventually ALL stains test as group AB. In other words, just because the blood on the shroud tests AB, that's no indication that Jesus' type was AB. Iannone probably should have known this.
Overall, it's an enjoyable book with a compelling argument. Iannone fairly points out dissenting arguments. It just could have been better written.
The speaker made a presentation on May 10 2008 about the shroud of Turin at the Festival of Faith of Orlando diocese. The presentation was a summary of his research, which he presents on the book.
The following is a description of the talk as it appeared at the Festival of Faith catalogues. The description gives a good overview of the many aspects of the shroud he has made research on.
10:00 a.m. - John Iannone
TITLE: The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: New Scientific Evidence
DESCRIPTION: No cloth in history from anywhere in the world has been so studied as the Holy Shroud of Turin. Nor has any cloth so caught the fascination and reverence of the world. And still it remains a mystery. Is the Shroud the ancient burial cloth of Jesus providing in its linen fabric the story of His death and Resurrection? Is it a clever medieval hoax of Leonardo da Vinci? What do modern DNA tests reveal regarding the apparent blood stains on the Cloth? Are there images of flowers and pollens on the cloth that trace its history? How were the mysterious images created? Can modern forensic pathologists identify the body of a crucified human supporting the words of the New Testament and weapons and wounds used by Romans soldiers on Jesus? These are just a few of the many intriguing questions discussed with slides in this lecture. The story of the Shroud reads like a mystery novel that will intrigue you and increase your sense of awe and wonder as you contemplate the message of this lecture.
BIO: John Iannone is a Catholic writer, lecturer and filmmaker now living in Kissimmee. Having earned a Masters in Religious Studies at the Catholic University in Washington, he did additional studies at Fordham Theological and Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has been a student of the Holy Shroud of Turin since 1978 and published a book through the Paulist Fathers in New York in 1998 called "The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: New Scientific Evidence." He was invited to attend the viewing of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 1998. Upon his return, he lectured extensively to over 20,000 people at 40 Catholic Churches and 70 Protestant churches of all denominations in Florida and New York. Mr. Iannone did a program for the Eternal Word Television Network on the Holy Shroud and another for LATV Public Television in New Orleans. His latest book on the Holy Shroud "The Image and The Rose" has just been published.