The angelic face of Jesus as a 12-year-old boy

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The scientific unit of the police force in Rome, Italy, used technology that’s normally used to age an individual, to generate the angelic face of what the man in the Shroud of Turin would look like as a 12-year-old boy.
Jesus at 12
Monica Cantilero reports for Christian Times, April 30, 2015, that to commemorate two-month exhibition of the Shroud of Turin, believed by Christians to be Jesus Christ’s burial cloth, Italian police reversed the technology they use to age drawings of Mafia bosses (to identify them after decades on the run) on the image of the man imprinted into the Shroud to re-create the “angelic” face of a 12-year-old Jesus.

Note: The Shroud image is not painted on the cloth, but infused into the individual fibers of the linen cloth. There are many good books on the Shroud, one of which is my friend Robert K. Wilcox‘s The Truth About the Shroud of Turin.

The scientific unit of Rome’s police force was prompted to create the image upon the suggestion of television news reporters who were doing a special news program about Jesus.
Elena Guarnieri, the host of the television news special, said people have always wondered how Jesus looked like as a boy. “If that is the face on the shroud, then this is the face of Jesus as a child,” she said.
To create the image of the young Jesus, the police subtracted years from the man’s face imprinted on the Shroud of Turin and removed his beard. They also colored his hair blonde and lightened his complexion.
reverse aging of Shroud of Turin face
The New York Times derisively described the generated image:

“The angelic face is reminiscent of the prayer cards sold in Vatican souvenir shops and of the New Age portraits displayed at Venice Beach. The image shows a 12-year-old boy with fair, smooth skin, glassy blue eyes, fleshy lips and waves of dirty blond hair streaked with just enough purple and pink to suggest a sprinkling of cosmic dust.”

Christians believe that the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth imprinted with the image of a man’s face and wounded body, was the cloth used to wrap the body of Jesus during his burial. But after using carbon-14 dating tests in 1988, a group of scientists ruled that it was a medieval forgery since the cloth was dated between 1260 and 1390.

Note: It was later determined that the scientists had used a piece from the edge of the Shroud, which had been stitched onto the original cloth to repair damages inflicted by a fire in the 13th century, which would explain the carbon-14 dating result.

Paul Damon, a geoscientist who was on the team that held a carbon-14 dating test on the Shroud in 1998, reacted negatively to the police recreation of Jesus’ face, saying it’s a “malarkey,” adding: “The boy would not be blond.”

Note: Actually, many dark-haired Mediterraneans do have blonde hair in their childhood.

The Vatican has not commented yet on the image of the boy created from the imprint on the Shroud.
The exhibition of the Shroud, which started last week and will last until June 24, has been authorized by Pope Francis to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, a priest from Turin who lived in the 19th century and pioneered vocational education.

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  1. What a beautiful rendition.

  2. Northerngirl

    He’s beautiful!!

  3. Years ago I read Dr. Wilcox’s book on the Shroud. Based on that book and from television programs I have seen, we know the following about it: First, we have extracted pollen from the Shroud. Thus we know, as HISTORICAL FACT, what specific places in the Middle East and the Mediterranean it has been in. (Certain pollens from certain flowers are specific to very small place areas in those areas).
    Blood tests have been done on the Shroud. We know it is a semitic blood type, and we know the blood type. (Although I forget which specific blood type).
    You are absolutely correct that the image was not “painted” onto the Shroud, and that it was “infused.” In fact, further medical forensic observation shows conclusively (this has been known for about 40 years or more) that the Body that was wrapped up in that Shroud DID NOT have the Shroud unwrapped from it. This is of the utmost importance, because it has been proved conclusively that that Body CAME THROUGH that Shroud. The Shroud has been shown conclusively to contain ever-so-small amounts of radiation.
    In other words, the Resurrection was a NUCLEAR EVENT, of sorts.
    Carbon-14 tests on the Shroud CANNOT reveal the true age of the Shroud for these reasons. First, as the Shroud caught fire twice, those events polluted the age of the samples, thus rendering a genuine date impossible: Samples from different areas of the Shroud would, necessarily, yield different ages. The same principle regarding pollution would and still does apply even if no fire occurred: Multiple people touching it and the travels it has seen would necessarily yield the same skewed results.
    And now for the shocker: The carbon-14 dating test IS NOT AND CANNOT be a scientifically valid and reliable age test for the Shroud, or for cadavers or for fossils or anything else, for this reason: There is not sufficient radioactive carbon-14 isotope in the Earth’s atmosphere to make it a scientifically valid and reliable test! Similar tests on fossils have yielded supposed ages of 1,500 years, 1,200 years, 37,500 years and so on. In other words, carbon-14 dating, although it may sound reasonable at first, IS BULL CRAP.
    The Image on the Shroud WAS NOT PAINTED onto it as you and Dr. Wilcox have said. It was infused and burned onto it. The manner of the production of the image—which yields a photographic negative instead of a photographic positive—was a result the technique for which DID NOT EXIST until the invention of photography in the 1800s. Furthermore, microscopic examination of the threads on the Shroud show conclusively that not only was it produced from a cotton variety specific to the Middle East, the blood has penetrated those cotton fibers to the inside of the fibers! Another thing a forger would not have been able to produce! Even the weave of the threads on the Shroud indicate conclusively it was specific to the area of Palestine just about 2,000 years ago, and that this specific weave was UTTERLY UNKNOWN to Europe in the 12th to 16th Centuries at the very least! Therefore the alleged method of fraud the British Museum and others have put forth COULD NOT HAVE POSSIBLY OCCURRED.
    Furthermore, thanks to the latest blood tests available, we even now have the DNA samples.
    So let’s wrap up: We have the history of the Shroud due to pollen samples and fires. We have blood samples and DNA. We have an image we know COULD NOT POSSIBLY have been the result of a fraudulent claim.
    And yet we have something else: Careful study of the British Museum fiasco regarding the Shroud’s testing yields intriguing findings: Samples were not scientifically validly and reliably identified and exchanged. Scientists without prior experience were allowed to handle the samples with their fingers. The directors of the investigation (some of them Freemasons) deliberately skewed the possible results from the beginning due to political considerations. (In other words, efforts were made to obfuscate and conceal the results they feared).
    This is the Burial Shroud of a Middle Eastern man who was crucified approximately between 1,975 to 1,989 years ago, as described in at least two separate accounts (the Gospels) written in two separate places by two separate witnesses. And these are HISTORICAL FACTS backed up by honest, reliable and valid scientific/forensic examinations. One is free to either accept this or to reject it, but one is not free to refute the clearly honest observations regarding it. And as I have said, I have heard, on a program from a number of years back (I cannot remember the name of it), that ever-so-small amounts of radiation have been detected on the Shroud, rendering the finding of a (small but certain) “nuclear” event. (And from what we know about death and what the Church teaches about it, that it is another dimension, this is an intriguing find).
    As for the New York Times, what can be said? The voice in which its headlines and articles are written indicate that the goal of the Times, first and foremost, is not to inform but to manipulate. Behavior modification and not news reporting is the goal of the Times, regardless of the story being reported. (Kind of like what the Mob tried to do, with more gusto and bile, to Pontius Pilate).
    The Shroud of Turin’s rich forensic evidence, coupled with multiple witnesses describing the events that eventually resulted in what we see in it stand as silent but strong irrefutable evidence that send the sneaks at the New York Times reeling and snarling back upon itself!
    Simply and sublimely, the Shroud of Turin is our physical evidence of the physical man we know as Jesus Christ. And I am sure there are even more findings to come. GREAT ARTICLE!

  4. The Shroud of Turin is indeed an enigma, but I have some questions about it that maybe somebody can answer. Does the Vatican claim that it is the original burial cloth of Jesus? Pope Francis recently called it an “icon” not a “relic” an important distinction. Also Jewish burial garments were in two pieces -one for the head and one for the body. The Bible makes no mention of a shroud. It says that Jesus’ burial garments were not in one piece. John 20: 7 says” And the napkin that was upon his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.” If we are to believe what the Bible says, how can a 14 foot cloth in a single piece of fabric be the original burial cloth of Jesus? If it is not the burial cloth of Jesus, then what is it? The garment that Jesus was wearing at the time of his crucifixion, for which lots were cast, is said to have been woven in one piece, perhaps woven by the blessed Virgin Mary. Is it possible that this garment could have somehow got into the tomb?

    • evh,
      There were 2 pieces of cloth that covered Jesus’ body: the shroud and the Oviedo cloth (aka Sudarium). Please see “The Christmas Miracle: Scientific Evidence of the Virgin Birth”

    • I’ve been fascinated by the shroud and I have been thinking a lot about it for quite some time.
      I have come to this conclusion:
      If the shroud is not a forgery then it is the burial shroud of Jesus.
      No other possibilites. It matches anatomically, forensically and in so many other ways the passion account of the bible (including the crown of thorns) that the likelyhood that it could be any other person than the historical Jesus is virtually zero.
      Even the scourge marks on the back of the shroud match that of a Roman flagrum perfectly.
      Furthermore, you have to ask yourself why we have all the same image of Jesus in our minds. The bible doesn’t describe how Jesus looked like.
      Sure, we all have seen paintings, icons and sculptures of Jesus but where did the artists get their image from?
      All these images and sculptures have so much similarities that we can immediately recognize Jesus when we see any of these artworks.
      The image on the shroud shows remarkable similarities with all these paintings, skultptures and even images of Jesus on coins.
      In fact, the image on the shroud has many similarities with the earliest icon of Christ Pantocrator (6th century AD).
      Why does the image on the shroud have so many similarities with all these other depictions of Jesus?
      Let’s assume for a moment that the shroud is a forgery.
      Because the image on the shroud is so anatomically and forensically accurate and because it is such a very detailled image with X-ray characteristics, whoever produced the image had to have an actual corpse that did undergo a Roman crucifixion in exactly the way described in the bible at his disposal. How likely is that?
      How likely is it that the corpse not only matched the account of Jesus’ crucifixion but also his physical appearance?
      Because the shroud does not only contain image but real blood in the precisely correct locations, the need for an actual corpse becomes even clearer.
      How likely is it that a forger, at least 800 years ago, produced the image by a process that was either so sophisticated or so simple and ingenious that it can not be understood and reproduced today?
      For these reasons (and many others) I’m convinced that the shroud is not a forgery but the burial cloth of Jesus.
      It makes sense then that all the other depictions of Jesus have similarities with the shroud image.
      Some artist may have used the shroud as a template. Others have produced images of Christ independently based on descripions of Jesus by persons who knew him or based on their own memory. Anyway, the resuls are pretty similar.
      In this video you can see a 2nd century image of Jesus from the Roman catacombs (at 15:54).
      I recommend watching the whole video. Very enlightening.

  5. evh, The Bible doesn’t lie, there IS another piece of the burial cloth and it’s called the Sudarium ! Google it and you will find more stuff.
    If you have time, watch Joann Benkevics great series with a wonderful Shroud expert named Wayne Phillips posted below. Lotta good and AMAZING info both on the Shroud and the Sudarium.
    The Shroud and the Sudarium

  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most remarkable and magnificent post. The image of young Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is absolutely stunning, containing immense holiness, knowledge, gentility, love, and such kindness! How wonderful! Thank you again for giving us this thoughtful post – how kind of you!

  7. One of the most convincing arguments for the Shroud’s validity was made by an American scientist, one of many teams allowed in for a day. Each team was given an hour to take their samples and record observations. I would conjecture that there was a fair share of egomaniacal, aggressive scientists in most teams, yet the remarkable fact was that everyone worked together in a tiny room, in Rome’s sweltering heat, with peace, with calm, with full co-operation; the overburdened electrics never went out, etc., etc. Electronic microscopes have their place, but by their ‘deeds ye shall know them…’ The ‘deed’ of the Shroud was Peace…

  8. Beautiful – and so typically Italian!!! There is something haunting and spiritual about the face…Bravi, Polizie Torinese!

  9. Very interesting. I guess I would think that Jesus would have had brown skin and black or dark hair because He came from the Middle East. But here is more evidence that Jesus might have had blond hair:
    “I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected, so great was the difference between him and those listening to him. His golden-colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial appearance. He appeared to be about thirty years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between him and his hearers, with their black beards and tawny complexions!”
    –Valleus’s Notes.–‘Acta Pilati’
    Pilate’s Report:
    To Tiberias Caesar, Emperor of Rome
    “Pilate’s Report on the Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus”

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  12. Why would a Jewish boy have such a light skin?


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