‘Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery: The Shroud of Turin’ is refreshing

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“Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery“ | Episode “The Shroud of Turin” | Premiered Sunday, March 3, 2015, 9:00 PM, EST | CNN

Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. – John 20:6 – 7, NIV

“Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” is a new documentary television series on CNN. The television series compares scientific archaeological evidence to biblical accounts. The television series is noteworthy.

ShroudofTurin leftIn the first episode, “The Shroud of Turin”, the producers of “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” presented strong archaeological evidence for the authenticity of The Shroud of Turin. Though inundated with scientific lingo, “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” was presented with the average viewer in mind.

The Shroud of Turin is believed to be the linen burial cloth of The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Shroud has the image of a man who suffered horrific abuse. The cloth is covered with bloodstains. The areas of the stains depict remnants of physical injuries. The physical injuries coincidence with the biblical accounts of the Trial and Crucifixion of Christ.

It is a mystery to how the image came to be. The scientific community cannot reached a consensus on a hypothetical theory. Some Christian scholars and theologians believed the imagery occurred during the Transformation of the Body of Christ.

The authenticity of The Shroud of Turin is further strengthen by The Sudarium of Oviedo. The Sudarium of Oviedo is part of the burial linen attire. This piece was wrapped around the face and head of the decreased.

The bloodstains on The Sudarium of Oviedo matches the stains of The Shroud of Turin. The two are part of the same burial assemble. Yet, what makes The Sudarium of Oviedo unique is it can be dated 700 years farther back than The Shroud of Turin. It is believed the dating of The Shroud of Turin is incorrect.

The Sudarium of Oviedo is kept in the chapel of St. Michael in Oviedo, Spain. The Shroud of Turin is housed in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.

Where many recent programs and movies fall short in accurately portraying the Bible, “The Shroud of Turin” episode was well researched and compared to biblical accounts for accuracy. It will be interesting to see how this television series mixture of science and biblical accounts develops. “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” is refreshing.

“Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” airs Sunday at 9:00 PM, EST on CNN.

C. C. J. Vann

C. C. J. Vann is a freelance journalist and photographer. Follow her on Twitter@ccjvann or visit her blogs at ccjvann.com and ChristianPursuits.com.