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25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Shroud of Turin – revered by many as the burial cloth of Jesus — might be authentic after all, a new DNA study suggests.
After radiocarbon testing in the 1980s dated its origin between A.D. 1260 and A.D. 1360, many dispelled the legend surrounding the artifact.
Then some challenged the testing process because scientists had examined patches added to the shroud, not the original cloth. The patches were much newer than the original shroud.
In the most recent study, Gianni Barcaccia, a geneticist in the University of Padua in Italy, found human DNA of Middle East origin on the cloth.
“One of the most abundant human mitochondrial haplotypes among those discovered on the shroud, is still very rare in Western Europe,” Barcaccia told Live Science. “It is typical of the Druze community, an ethic group that has some origin in Egypt and that lives mainly in restricted areas between Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine.”
Middle Easterners weren’t the only ones to touch the shroud and leave their DNA on it, according to the study published Oct. 5 in Scientific Reports. There are smaller traces of DNA from Europe, northeast Africa, Caucasus, Anatolia, the Middle East and even India. Those molecular fragments could have been deposited there by devotees who touched the shroud through the centuries and even by scientists in the last century.
The new study does not establish the age of the shroud.
The Catholic Church, which guards the artifact in Turin, first officially recorded its existence in 1353 A.D. in a tiny church in Lirey, France. The Catholic Church has never vouched for its authenticity, but tens of thousands of pilgrims flock to see it yearly.
According to legend, the shroud captured the image of the dead body of Jesus as it radiated divine glory. This cloth was purloined from Judea in 33 A.D. and was stored safely in Edessa, Turkey and Constantinople (the previous name of Istanbul), until crusaders smuggled it to Athens.
The shroud enhanced
The shroud enhanced
Barcaccia and his colleagues analyzed dust that they vacuumed from the shroud that contained traces of both plant and human DNA. The plant DNA is inconclusive, but the human DNA breathes new life into hopes the mysterious burial garment is genuine.
Hugh Farey, editor of the British Society of the Turin Shroud newsletter, said the new study was intriguing but fell short of absolute proof. Farey believes there is a “40 percent” chance the shroud is authentic, or, it may be a sophisticated forgery.
Future study may get closer to an answer. With current techonology, geologists can analyze isotopes to determine the origin of rock with incredible precision, Farey noted. If researchers can one day figure out how to test the isotopes in the limestone dust found on the shroud, they could say with greater certainty whether the shroud was ever in Jerusalem.
“There is a pretty substantial amount of evidence on both sides,” Farey said. “So the proper thing to do is to maintain an open mind at the moment.”
New theories about the Turin Shroud, thought to have been the cloth in which Christ’s body was wrapped when he was taken down from the cross, come round with regularity.
But it never fails to intrigue us.
The latest experts to take a look at it are Italian detectives.
They have used advanced imaging techniques to produce a photo-fit image of what they claim is a young Jesus.
The process is usually employed to age old photographs of wanted criminals to show what they look like now. In the past this has helped them to catch mafia bosses.
But by reversing this technique they can show what the Son of God looked like when he was a boy.
Happily their efforts coincide with the shroud going on display for only the fifth time since 1933 at Turin Cathedral.
You can see it until June 24 and it is expected to attract three million visitors.
In 2010 more than two million people, including Pope Benedict, filed past.
Fascination with the shroud shows no sign of abating but how much do we really know about the piece of cloth – the origins and provenance of which are still shrouded in mystery?
The Turin Shroud is approximately 14.3ft long and 3.7ft wide with a faint image of a naked man with his hands crossed over his groin.
For believers this is Jesus’s outline imprinted on the shroud used to cover his body after the Crucifixion.
There are many historical references to just such a shroud being used.
The Bible does seem to contradict this claim though.
In the book of John it clearly states that Jesus’s body was covered with two separate pieces of cloth – one for the body and a smaller one for the head – not a single sheet such as the Turin Shroud.
The image of a face on the shroud is similar to most depictions of Jesus.
It shows a man with long hair, a beard and a moustache but was very difficult to see until the 19th century when the development of photography helped to highlight the markings.
Estimates of the man’s height range from 5ft 8in to 6ft 1in but it is difficult to be accurate because of the way the linen has stretched over time.
Distinctive blood stains on the shroud are consistent with the injuries suffered by Jesus at his crucifixion as described in the Bible.
They include blood from nail wounds to the feet as well as blood around the head suggesting that a crown of thorns was worn.
There is also evidence of a nail injury to the wrist, cuts on the back and bruises to the shoulder most likely caused by a heavy, coarse object.
It was first displayed in Lirey in France in the 1350s but little is known about its existence up until this point.
It was common for relics and cults to spring up out of nowhere at this time as Europe recovered from the Black Death.
In 1988 separate teams from the University of Oxford, University of Arizona and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology used carbon dating to establish the age of the shroud.
As a result of the findings the scientists declared that they are 95 per cent sure that it dates back to some time between 1260-1390, implying that it is a medieval forgery.
This has not stopped believers in the shroud’s authenticity.
One argument is that the cloth shows the victim with a nail through his wrist.
If it is a medieval hoax we would expect the nail to be through the palm as it is on other depictions of the Crucifixion from that time.
It is also difficult to understand why a medieval forger would create an artefact that looks most striking when rendered as a photographic negative.
Another elaborate explanation is that an earthquake in Jerusalem in 33AD could have created the image – supposedly by releasing neutron particles from crushed rock – and affected the “carbon isotopes” in the shroud upon which the accuracy of carbon dating relies.
Others worry that the samples of the shroud taken to be dated were contaminated.
Originally when it went on display it would be held aloft by members of the clergy meaning the area had been handled hundreds of times over the course of centuries.
Or the area could have been contaminated by the repairs carried out after the fire in 1532.
Even the 2002 restoration was mired in controversy with some praising the care taken and the quality of the results while others have complained that considerable amounts of material have been contaminated and certain tests will never be able to be performed accurately.
With so many conflicting theories competing to explain the Turin Shroud it will surely take a miracle to explain the true provenance of this baffling relic.
In the meantime the people of Turin will just be grateful for a piece of cloth that has made their city famous.