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The Shroud of Turin is either the most awesome and instructive relic of Jesus Christ in existence or it is one of the most ingenious most unbelievably clever products of the human mind and hand on record there is no middle ground John Walsh The Shroud 1963 The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bares the image of a crucified man a man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body or is it simply a medieval forgery a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist Modern 20th century science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud It is in fact the single most studied artifact in human history and more is known about it today than ever before Yet the controversy still rages on This paper will provide different arguments and theories that have been proposed by those on both sides of the issue because then by knowing the facts and theories one can make up their own mind about the Shroud To begin with we will examine the actual Shroud itself The Turin Shroud is currently kept inside three locked containers in the Turin Cathedral a wooden case an asbestos-covered iron chest and a silver-decorated wooden casket Inside its casket the Shroud is rolled around a velvet-covered staff and wrapped in red silk It has a backing of Holland cloth which was added in 1532 after it was damaged in a fire It is a strip of pale biscuit-colored linen 44meters by 19meters with an additional 8centimeter strip on its left-hand side It bears various folds and blemishes that have been accumulated throughout its long life Most conspicuous are the marks of the aforementioned 1532 fire which burned through one corner of the cloth damaging it in several places most notably through the shoulders of the image The
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