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Is the New Testament True? Can you believe the story of Jesus Christ?
There has been a tremendous amount of research and thousands of books and articles written over the years about whether the Jesus story is historically correct. Admittedly, there have been very different conclusions drawn by various scholars and authors. I can’t claim to have studied the topic extensively, but I have read enough that I now firmly believe that the answer to both of these questions is “yes.” In addition to the New Testament Gospels, I have read all of the books listed in GrampaDennis’s Recommended Reading and several more. To me, the weight of the evidence strongly supports the affirmative answer.
If you would like to dig into this further, I highly recommend the following two books as your starting point:
Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh
Searching for Jesus by Robert J. Hutchinson
If you want a bit more depth and detail, I suggest:
Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig L. Blomberg PhD
The above three books are among my collection. There are many others available as well.
The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium Christi
Many of us have heard of the Shroud of Turin, which is claimed by some to be the burial cloth used when Jesus was put in the tomb. It bears what appears to be a photographic negative image of the man that it was wrapped around. The image shows evidence of crucifixion and scourge wounds which agree with descriptions in the New Testament. In 1988, Carbon-14 dating tests were done, which said the material was not old enough and led to a conclusion that the Shroud must be a forgery. However, more recent research has explained that the Carbon-14 dating was done on fragments that were contaminated by materials used in later restorations. Recent datings by other methods have shown that the Shroud could indeed have come from Christ’s time. Scientists have puzzled over how the image was made on the Shroud. It appears to have been some sort of radiation, which some theorize may have occurred at the moment of resurrection.
There’s more, and it gets more interesting. Another relic, the Sudarium Christi, is claimed to be the cloth that was put on Jesus’ face when he was taken from the cross and transported to the tomb. It was removed before he was laid on the Shroud, and the Shroud wrapped up around his head and over the top of his body. This facecloth has been in separate custody from the Shroud of Turin as far back as 711 AD. The blood on both of these relics is of the same relatively rare type – AB.
The above information, on the Shroud and the Sudarim, is from an article by J. Michael Fischer, which I found at http://www.newgeology.us/presentation24.html
A National Review article, by Myra Adams, can be found at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434153/shroud-turin-jesus-christ-blood-relic-sudarium-oviedo
Her article also mentions that a rare pollen, found only in ancient Israel, was found on both of these relics. She draws the conclusion that “The Shroud and the Sudarium authenticate each other.”