A specialist presented a three-dimensional image that he asserts represents the body of Jesus. Using the Shroud of Turin -- the purported burial shroud of Jesus -- to create the 3-D image, Professor Giulio Fanti of the University of Padua in Italy said, "We believe that we are finally before a precise image of how Jesus looked like on earth. From now on, it won't be possible to depict him without taking this work into account."
The Shroud of Turin is 14 feet long linen burial cloth that is believed to have wrapped the body of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion. "In Christian tradition, the image that is seen on the Shroud is that of Jesus crucified and dead," Fanti explained. "And now science is of this opinion too. We have studied for years using the most sophisticated 3D technologies the image left by the body on the Shroud. And the statue is the final result."
"According to our studies,” Fanti said, “Jesus was a man of extraordinary beauty. Long-limbed, but very robust, he was nearly 5 ft. 11 in. tall, whereas the average height at the time was around 5 ft. 5 in. And he had a regal and majestic expression," he said. Sculptor Sergio Rodella worked with the University of Padua and Padua Hospital to create the life-size image.
Last year, researchers confirmed that chemicals found on the shroud were actually blood stains. They also determined that blood was shed by someone who suffered from extreme injury and pain. According to CBN News, researcher Elvio Carlino of the Italian Institute of Crystallography said “The Shroud of Turin is not a fake...It is certainly the funeral fabric that wrapped a tortured man."
"I counted 370 scourge wounds, without taking into account the wounds on the sides, which the Shroud does not show because it only covered the back and front of the body,” Fanti explained.
"We can, therefore, hypothesize a total of at least 600 blows," he continued. “But we can suppose that there were 600 wounds. Also, the 3-D reconstruction allows us to see that at the moment of death, he dropped toward the right, because the right shoulder was so severely dislocated that it damaged the nerves."
Carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin were conducted in 1988 and found that it dated to the Middle Ages. However, Fanti and other researchers believe that the sample used for the carbon-dating was contaminated in the laboratory, and that results of the dating were skewed because the Shroud had been restored in centuries past. Also, the casket in which the Shroud was kept was damaged in a fire that left scorch marks on the relic.
The Shroud of Turin is believed to have been taken from Jerusalem after the death and resurrection of Jesus and taken to Turkey by one of his disciples. The historical record dates to about 1360 in Troyes, France. The Shroud was later transferred to the northern Italian city of Turin in 1578. While the Shroud is believed authentic by many Catholic and Orthodox believers, John Calvin -- the Swiss theologian whose works were largely the basis of the Protestant Reformation -- also believed in the Shroud's authenticity.