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The Resurrection > The Various Scientific Tests On The Shroud Other Than The Carbon Dating Tests
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The Various Scientific Tests On The Shroud Other Than The Carbon Dating Tests

The various scientific tests on the Shroud

In the case of the Shroud there are a high number of eminent and accredited scientists from many different fields of science. With one notable exception, the scientists quoted in this article have all studied the Shroud, and have all concluded that the Shroud is either dated from the time of Jesus Christ, or is consistent with the Biblical account of the Crucifixion.

Some of the points showing that the Shroud is authentic are as follows:

    The Shroud - click to view larger image
  1. The crown of thorns, with a large flow of blood from the scalp.
  2. The wound in the Right chest wall from the lance, between the 5th and 6th right ribs.
  3. The nails in the wrists rather than the palms, as invariably displayed in all mediaeval paintings.
  4. The absence of both thumbs on the image, caused by the mechanics of the Crucifixion.
  5. The coins over the eyes, minted by Pontius Pilate, and dated 29 A.D.
  6. The Scourging marks all over the body.
  7. The bruising over both shoulders from carrying the Patibulum, which weighed about 80 pounds.
  8. The laceration of the nose, caused by punching by the soldiers and the priests of the Sanhedrin.
  9. The bruising over the right eye, caused by punching by the soldiers and the priests of the Sanhedrin.
  10. The unique 3D image on the NASA VP8 Image Analysing Computer.
  11. The pollen on the Shroud from Jerusalem.
  12. The dirt on the Shroud from Jerusalem.
  13. The photo negative image on the Shroud.
  14. The photo positive blood image, which stained the linen of the Shroud before the image of Jesus Christ , in photo-negative was produced.
  15. The arms on the Shroud are 9 inches longer than normal due to dislocation of the shoulders, elbows and wrists during Crucifixion.
We believe that, as in the case of abnormal blood test results on perfectly fit patients, the Carbon dating of 1325 A.D. may well be a case of incorrect interpretation of the results, when all other tests point to a Shroud from A.D.33!

How should a scientist treat a test result which is dramatically different from all other tests?

Dr Kent - click to view larger image

The author of this section of the book is a retired medical doctor (Dr Richard Kent). During his professional career it was not at all unusual to test patients with a variety of tests, and for one test to show a wildly abnormal result, inconsistent with the other tests!

In this case, doctors are trained to look carefully at all the possibilities. Either all the other tests are incorrect, or there is some factor which has caused the abnormal result in the abnormal test.

  • In clinical practice, very rarely an unusual test result appears, quite inconsistent with all the others.
  • In such a situation, a number of tests show that a patient is very fit, but one test shows that the patient is very ill indeed, or should even be dead!
  • In this case obviously the doctor must carefully examine his patient to ensure that he does not have the highlighted illness.
  • However, occasionally incorrect interpretation of the results account for the aberrant test, and doctors are aware of this.