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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There are many historical references to just such a shroud being used.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.
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.
Today we celebrate The Glory of the Resurrection and Power of The Almighty. Happy Easter Everybody!
1. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe in this?” John 11:25-26
2. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
3. “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6.
4. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34
5. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3.
6. “The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.” – Basil Hume
7. “The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.” – Henry Knox Sherrill
8. “Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.” — Phillips Brooks
9. “Let the whole world join the happy lay, Let the hills and vales break forth in singing, Christ, the Lord of Life, is ris’n today.” — Lizzie Akers
10. “Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.” — TD Jakes