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The Shroud of Turin

We have a copy of the shroud here in Jerusalem, which I have studied over the years. From my own similar artistic experiments in Paris, pressing the painted human form onto canvas, the image on the shroud, especially the face, had it been pigment transferred onto  linen, when flattened would have been a distorted flattened image, which it clearly is not, but a 3-dimensional image like unto a photograph.  

Also, the discovery of pollen and plants from the Jerusalem area in springtime (Passover) by the renowned Israeli botanist Avinoam Danin who was on the shroud investigative team, is not to be ignored, as it would have been highly unlikely that European “forgers” in the 13th century would have gone to such lengths.

I am a professional in Art and art history, and virtually all Christian art shows the crucifixion nails through the hands, whereas the shroud shows it correctly through the wrists- something unthought-of in Medieval Europe of the time.

The details appearing on the shroud fit precisely all that is recorded in the 2000-year old records of the crucifixion of Yeshua, to the detail, including the spear wound in the side, the thorns on the head, and the beating with the Roman flagellum, spikes through the wrists and feet. If it is authentic, it could be none other than Yeshua.

I am not pushing this as a sure thing, only what I have observed and investigated.

Elhanan ben-Avraham

Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.

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