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The Shroud of Turin: An Adventure of Discovery Paperback – January, 1998

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The Whagners are internationally recognized Shroud researchers, having been actively involved since 1979. They developed the Polarized Image Overlay Technique for doing exacting image comparisions. They are cofounders of the Council for Study of the Shroud of Turin (CSST), a non-profit organization whose mission is to do research on the Shroud of Truin and related Relics of the Passion; to publish the findings; and to establish a center for display, research, and education. Alan is the Chairman of the CSST Board of Directors. Mary is Secretary of the Board and editor of the newsletter CSST NEWS.

They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Ruth, and six grandchildren. They are active members of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, where they reside.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Providence House Publishers (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577360796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577360797
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The images that the Whangers discovered on the Shroud of Turin only once again confirm its authenticity. The discoveries of the various objects conform to the archaeological record of what we should expect to find if the Shroud of Turin is actually authentic. This affirmation is based on my lifetime of research as a biblical specialist, art historian and archaeologist. I am preparing to publish my own manuscript soon on the biblical and archaeological aspects which bear evidence and testimony of what the Whangers have already shown. In some respects my own works turns out to be a complement of theirs. However my own work brings even new revelations to light about the very nature of the Shroud of Turin which settle the argument about it as an authentic burial cloth once and for all. I am in deep debt to the Whangers who through their own work and efforts have brought scientific and visual evidence to what I have come to discover along separate lines of research. Perhaps the most remarkable discovery was the Roman amulet about the neck of Our Lord, something I would never have anticipated, and yet it too is supported by archaeological research. It appears wonderful to me that all of this research is being brought out as we approach the Holy Year of the 21st century. Surely, God in his infinite wisdom is preparing the world for something very special. Congratulations once again to Dr. Alan Whanger and his devoted wife Mary for their excellent and remarkable endeavors in serving Jesus through their faith, science and personal devotion.
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I really enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Whanger's book. It was truly an adventure of discovery. Why? because there are two new things that I learned from the Shroud. Its resemblance with icons from a pre-medieval time (done with with the image overlay technique) and the discovery of new images on the Shroud like: The Crown of Thorns, the lance, the nails, phylacteries and others). If the pictures on the book would've been in color, one could appreciate better the images, which are convincing. I hope to read about updates on those new images found. The book shows evidence that on some art works the instruments of the Passion are sorrounding the image of Christ, just like the Whangers discovered on the Shroud.
A great book for all those interested on the Shroud.
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It was a joy to read - a story of their 18 yr adventure studying Shroud photos and of helpful coincidences. It brought moving thoughts to me for Our Lord Jesus in His Passion when reading about and seeing images of the instruments and articles associated with the Crucifixion (congruous with the Gospels - including the crown of thorns, nails, spear, sponge on a reed, hammer, pliers, scourges, dice, and sign "Jesus of Nazareth - King of the Jews"!) and Burial (the flowers banked around His Body on the Shroud), and thoughts of praise for The Resurrection when reading the theories of image formation - autoradiation and corona discharge, and dematerialization! Earlier in its history, apparently the images on the Shroud were much clearer (the flower images and articles of Crucifixion are on early icons) but have been fading as the cloth ages and the background becomes the same color as the images - the Whangers' photographic studies and their dedication have enabled re-discovery of the images. Their presentation of history and scientific evidence is amazing. It is so remarkable that the timing of their book and discoveries is just right - 100 yrs after the first photo by Pia in 1898 and in time for this year's exhibition of the Shroud.
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Because the field of Shroud research advances rapidly, I normally recommend not buying Shroud books that are more than about 5 years old. Most Shroud books spend most of the book covering the history of the Shroud, etc., on the correct assumption that most readers won't be familiar with the details.

However, there are a few books that are "timeless" because the authors have a very strong AND UNIQUE background and bring new knowledge to the subject that subsequent researchers ignore NOT BECAUSE IT'S WRONG, but because they don't understand enough to be able to expand upon it. The book by Frederick T. Zugibe, MD, forensic pathologist, MS and PhD in human anatomy, who has conducted extensive studies and *experiments* regarding crucifixion is one such book.

THIS book is another. Dr. Whanger pioneered an overlay technique using two polarized light sources that allows much greater detail than other methods. The Whangers also were able to obtain large first-generation copies of Shroud film negatives other researchers don't have access to. Using their technique on the high-quality negatives they have been able to see quite a bit of detail not visible in the usual Shroud photographs and therefore not discussed elsewhere.

Even if you have EXTENSIVELY studied Shroud books, THIS will still present a LOT of material you haven't seen before -- even though it is more than 15 years old.
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Dr. Alan and Mary Whanger's book, "The Shroud of Turin: An Adventure of Discovery", broke new ground in at least two areas. One of these is the Whangers' polarized image overlay technique, a means of comparing images that predates the computerized image processing that we see being used today, including by the Whanger group. The 1980s-dated overlay innovation identified "points of congruence" between such diverse objects as Byzantine coins and the Turin Shroud. An 8-millimeter image of Jesus Christ on a cent-sized gold coin may have as many as 175 points of congruence with the Shroud and only a small number of significant points of non-congruence. The same is true of the sixth century icon of Christ the Pantocrator at St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, Egypt. It has more than 200 points of congruence with the Shroud. Objects like coins or icons may not prove that the Shroud is ancient, but they help support any existing evidence of an early date.

Such evidence includes a variety of pollens that had clung to the Shroud in times past when it was exposed to the elements. Again, the Whangers led the way. Using sticky-tape samples taken from the Shroud by the late Swiss criminologist Dr. Max Frei in the 1970s, the Whangers examined them with Israeli botanists Dr. Avinoam Danin and Dr. Uri Baruch in the late 1990s. They found a number of pollens that are indigenous to Palestine and one of them dates back to at least the eighth century AD. All of this makes for good reading, whetting the appetite for more. This book is an excellent companion to Ian Wilson's landmark treatment "The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ?" (1979 edition with notes on Dr. Frei's pollen samples).
Dennis J. Mercieri, Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT, USA
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