Shroud of Turin scholar: re-examination of historical texts indicates early existence of cloth

Joseph Marino debunks skeptics who say there is no mention of the Shroud before the 1350s

Long-time Shroud of Turin scholar Joseph Marino, author of two books and more than 60 articles and conference presentations on the Shroud, has just published an article that compiles many historical references to Jesus’ burial linens from the second century to the first half of the 14and century.

The Shroud continues to generate considerable interest around the world. On February 26, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, unveiled a state-of-the-art interactive exhibit on the Shroud. The exhibition “Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin” will continue until July 31.

Plus, this Easter season, a new Shroud movie called “Who Can He Be?” will be published by award-winning British director and producer David Rolfe.

Marino’s new 45-page article, “Documented References to Jesus’ Burial Cloths Before the Shroud of Turin Appeared in France in the Mid-1350s,” published April 8, adds to the growing body of evidence indicating that the Turin Shroud may be the true burial cloth of the historical Jesus of Nazareth. As a sample of what readers will find in the article, in the sixth century, nearly a thousand years before the carbon date, an ancient liturgical text translates John 20:5 as follows: Peter and John ran to the tomb and saw the recent imprint of the dead and resurrected man on the linen. There are one or more references for each century from the 2n/a through the 14andclearly demonstrating the existence of the Shroud just after the time of Jesus by its appearance in France in the middle of the 14and century.

A former Benedictine monk, Marino has studied the Shroud for 45 years. He participated in groundbreaking research, which demonstrated that the 1988 C-14 results were invalid. Marino, working alongside his late wife, Sue Benford, found anomalies in the weaving pattern of the sample that had been dated. In 2005, in response to Marino and Benford’s research, the late Ray Rogers, head of the chemistry section of the 1978 Shroud of Turin research project, wrote a peer-reviewed paper, “Studies on the Radiocarbon Sample from the Shroud of Turin” in which he concluded that the C-14 sample was not representative of the main tissue, thus invalidating the results. This was corroborated by the raw data from the three labs, which against all standards they refused to immediately release, was finally obtained through a 2017 freedom of information request made by French researcher Tristan Casabianca. . It was published in the peer-reviewed journal Archaeometry, March 22, 2019. Analysis of the data shows that it was clearly manipulated. If all the data had been published in 1989, the statistical analysis would have failed as a reliable test. The latest historical research compiled into a 45-page document strongly supports an age of the fabric far older than the 14and century, as erroneously determined by carbon dating labs in 1988.

To schedule an interview with Marino, contact Mitchell Communications at (845) 421-8165 or [email protected] or Joseph Marino directly at (614) 477-1480 or [email protected].

About Joseph Marine

Famed Turin Shroud scholar Joseph Marino is the author of two books and more than 60 papers and conference presentations on the Shroud, which many consider to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. A former Benedictine monk, Marino studied all aspects of Shroud for over 45 years and was involved in groundbreaking research, along with his late wife, Sue Benford, which convinced the late chemist Ray Rogers that the sample tested for C -14 of 1988 test was not representative of the whole fabric. Which, in the eyes of many researchers, has invalidated the medieval date attributed to it by the labs.
Photo credits (2): ©1978 Barrie M. Schwortz Collection, STERA, Inc.
Featured photo: Ray Rogers, John Jackson and Professor Giovanni Riggi, members of the 1978 team that carried out the Shroud’s first-ever in-depth scientific examination, take their first look at the underside of the fabric in over 400 years.
Secondary photo: STURP researcher Mark Evans makes photomicrographs of the Shroud during the scientific examination of the fabric in 1978.