Yet more evidence dating Shroud of Turin to time of Christ

The Shroud of Turin is a rectangular 14 ft 5 in × 3 ft 7 in piece of woven flax cloth, believed by Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus. The cloth bears the faint, brownish 3D imprint of the front and back view of the face and body of a bearded naked man — muscular and tall (various experts have measured him as from 5 ft 7 in to 6 ft 2 in). The imprint shows reddish-brown stains from wounds at the man’s wrist and pinpricks around his brow which are consistent with Christ’s wounds from being nailed to the cross and from the “crown of thorns” mockingly pressed onto his scalp.

In 2013, a test on fibers from the Shroud of Turin, conducted by scientists at the University of Padua, Italy, dated the Shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would put it in the era of Christ (see “New evidence dates Shroud of Turin to time of Christ“).

Now, an expert on ancient Roman coins has discovered more evidence that the burial cloth could have been used to cover the body of Jesus.

WND reports, April 30, 2017, that Agostino Sferrazza, a numismatist or coin expert, whose specialty is Roman coins, has identified the coins covering the eyes of the Man of the Shroud as having been minted in the days of Pontius Pilate.

In an interview with the French-language RCF Liège, Sferrazza said there is no doubt that the coins covering the eyes of the Man of the Shroud had been coined in 29 A.D.

In 1976, using 3-D projection techniques, researchers first noticed the presence of small bulges on the ocular orbit bones of the Man of the Shroud which wouldn’t match any possible morphological characteristics. The researchers hypothesized that the bulges were leptons: small coins of low value which were common in Israel during the Roman occupation.

Using advanced technologies, researchers — including Turin Faculty of Sciences Associate Professor and computer scientist Nello Balossino — uncovered drawings and inscriptions on the coins:

  • A “lituus” (a curved Roman-style augural staff) appears to be on the coin or disc covering the right eye.
  • On the disc over the left eye, there is what appears to be a sacrificial cup.
  • Most importantly, both coins bear the inscription YKAI, which is believed to be the visible part of the word “TIBERIOY KAICAPOC” — Greek for Tiberius Caesar. That would date the Shroud coins to the time of Pontius Pilate and our Lord’s Passion. (Note: Tiberius was a Roman Emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD. According to the Gospels, it was during the reign of Tiberius when Jesus preached and was crucified under the authority of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea province.)

Alan Whanger, M.D., explains that whereas Jews did not believe in the Greco-Roman practice at the time of covering the eyes of the dead with coins as a tip for Charon who conveyed the dead across the river Styx, there was another reason why Jews and other cultures routinely put coins on the eyelids of the corpse. If a person dies with the eyelids open, they may have the rather disconcerting characteristic of opening again after they are shut, which accounts for “the nearly universal practice among many peoples for millennia . . . to put coins on the eyes of the dead to keep the eyelids shut.”

Whatever the Jewish custom at the time, Dr. Whanger points out that:

“The essential question is whether there are the images of identifiable coins over the eyes on the Shroud . . . . Even if there were never any coins put on the eyelids of any other dead Jews, that does not negate the presence of the images on the man of the Shroud . . . . The Shroud is a unique object, and actually is the only existing intact burial Shroud from Israel/Palestine from that period of time. There are many existing older shrouds from other areas, but none of them have images on them.”


14 responses to “Yet more evidence dating Shroud of Turin to time of Christ

  1. Thanks for this post, Dr. E.

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  2. When I took Roman history at university, I learned of a specialised branch known as numismatics [] that used coins and other physical evidence of events w/a high probability of certainty. Therefore we can be highly confident these were actual coins used for the custom of keeping eyes closed prior to burial. Low value coins were used, and as they were ‘pennies’ it is highly unlikely they are counterfeit, as no one bothers w/such small value items.

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  3. More evidence the shroud is the real deal, yet the world will ignore or scoff. This fallen world has lost its sense of wonder and transcendence. Like a good communist or atheistic liberal it sees everything in strictly materialistic terms. The world sees Jesus Christ as the enemy. Or laughingstock. Screw the world, He has risen! Think about the implications of that.

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    • Dr Richard Weaver, in his beautifully written short classic ‘Ideas Have Consequences’ says that our great sin and problem that causes us to continually stumble is our lack of piety. As you wrote and Dr Weaver asserts, the reduction of all ‘reality’ to a material universe is endlessly fraught w/weak and failing causes and consequences.

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  5. The Good Lord is fighting with us! – He is bolstering our strength, our invisible armor of faith and hope by imparting new expert scientific discoveries with each passing day. Scoff at that, oh yea of little faith!

    At the same time, He is warning all satan worshipers, corrupt governments, false-Christian leaders, doctors and scientists (who dare to corrupt His perfect creations) to repent, or face dire consequences upon His return. We fight on! Great post, TY.

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  6. To think we might actually have the real shroud gives me goose pimples. What a wonderful thing and so very special. More proof Jesus is real.
    How can anyone not be amazed is beyond me.

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  7. YES. THIS is the PIVOTAL TRUTH: If the coins can be dated—and they have been—then the carbon-14 dating fiasco, promulgated by the infamous British Museum “investigation” of 1988-1989, is, in the words of Edgar Allen Poe, “all in vain!”
    Let’s recap what we already know: Carbon-14 dating SOUNDS good, but there’s a real problem: There is not enough carbon-14 isotope in the Earth’s atmosphere to make the test scientifically valid or reliable. This, on top of the fact that, as the Shroud caught fire TWICE, would render any carbon-dating null and void, due to pollution!
    We’ve got the pollen. We’ve got the blood—and know its blood-type! NOW WE HAVE THE COINS!! And this is the indisputable historical truth—most likely verified previously. NO FORGER IN THE 1400’S COULD HAVE MADE THIS UP: He COULD NOT have known!

    And this entire medical investigation yields rich dividends, namely, that truth CAN be known, with CERTAINTY. Many on the Left—and many atheists—have their facts right. BUT THEY DO NOT GET THE CONTEXTS RIGHT. Not only is no one entitled to “his own facts”: He is NOT entitled to his own contexts!
    They say “Dead men tell no tales.” But here, we see that COINS do!

    WHAT is the next step in the investigation? Dr. Ted Broer has opined that, thanks to new knowledge given us by quantum mechanics, that science may yet one day point directly to further as yet unknown evidence that can prove the existence of God.

    We Catholics are told to “have faith.” That seems one-way: Why doesn’t God Answer? Well, HE DOES ANSWER—by having History speak (as He allows) on His Behalf. This is what these coins do.

    GREAT investigative article, Dr. E.

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  8. Jesus was wraped not covered


  9. The interesting thing is that, despite the coins, this “Corpse” did open His eyes, and He has been “disconcerting” people ever since!

    So blessed to be a Catholic!


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