The Shroud of Turin - The Burial Cloth of Jesus of Nazareth

"...among the most fiercely debated subjects in contemporary science, an extraordinary mystery that has defied every effort at solution.

National Geographic Magazine
April 17, 2015

Presentations on the Shroud of Turin

Resuming Shroud of Turin Series after holiday break

Class # 6 Jan 11, 2019, Class # 7 Jan 25, 2019

8 Session Series began October 5, 7pm to 8:30pm
We are meeting in a home in Reseda, CA  Call or sign up below for the address. 

(Address not public on the Internet) 

We have been taking an 8-session deep dive into the properties and history of the Shroud with PowerPoint presentations, video documentaries, questions and answer time,  and also have some worship, prayer for the sick and fellowship. 

After studying this cloth since 1978, I am convinced of who the man on the Shroud is.  We all have our own sensibilities however so you can safely come, see, learn, decide for yourself.  

In His Service,

- Rick David




The Shroud of Turin is an ancient linen cloth measuring 14’ 3” x 3’ 7” (8 x 2 cubits) which bears the front and back image of a bearded bloody scourged and crucified man. It is currently housed in St John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin, Italy.  It is by far the most studied and controversial artifact in human history because of the possibility that it truly is the burial shroud of Christ.  National Geographic called it "one of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times". Time Magazine called it "The Riddle of the Ages".

shroud face close up - italian photographer secondo pia, the first to photograph the shroud in 1898, discovered that the image on the shroud (left) was actually a negative image (light and dark inverted) when his actual negative (right) turned out to be a positive as it developed in his darkroom.

shroud face close up - italian photographer secondo pia, the first to photograph the shroud in 1898, discovered that the image on the shroud (left) was actually a negative image (light and dark inverted) when his actual negative (right) turned out to be a positive as it developed in his darkroom.

Modern investigation has not ceased since 1898, when Italian photographer Secondo Pia, the first to photograph the shroud, discovered in his darkroom that his negative plate contained a perfect positive image, and therefore, the faded yellowish shroud image itself was a perfect negative. This is but one amazing property of the image that has not been reproduced.  A century of scientific research hours have been invested since that time, yet the basic questions remain, “Why is there an image of a crucified man on this ancient linen cloth and how did it get there?”

Scientific investigation by the Shroud of Turin Research Project in 1978 (STURP) conducted 120 hours of hands-on testing and has made one conclusion certain;  the image is not formed by any known process, including the application of paints, inks, dyes, powders, stains, or chemicals. All attempts to duplicate it have failed. The shroud of Turin remains absolutely unique in the world. In 1988 the shroud was carbon dated to the 14th century, yet peer reviewed findings in 2005 by Los Alamos Lab Chemist and STURP member Ray Rogers has overturned that verdict when it was discovered that the C-14 test sample of the linen cloth was contaminated by an interwoven cotton patch.  See article in the journal Thermochimica Acta.

Is the Shroud of Turin the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth?  We believe that all evidence affirms authenticity and that it is a love letter preserved by God to the modern age.

Below Top is a photo of the Shroud and Image .  Below bottom is a negative image of the Shroud.  When first photographed in 1898, it was discovered that the actual shroud was a negative image, (lights and darks reversed) and the negative image was a positive.  This caused a firestorm of controversy which has not ended. 


Shroud and photo negative below.jpg


Documentaries on the latest findings are presented below.



Unwrapping the Shroud

An overview of the amazing properties of the Shroud which have not reproduced by anyone anywhere. Peer reviewed research on the mis-steps of the C-14 testing in the 2005 findings of Los Alamos Lab chemist Ray Rogers proving that the C14 sample in 1988 was mix of original linen and a cotton rewoven patch published in Thermochimica Acta. 


A Grave Injustice

Overview of the Shroud of Turin Properties and behind the scenes politics that removed the STURP team from choosing multiple sample locations for C14 test on the Shroud.

5 safety protocols that were violated

1. Multiple Sample Areas
2.Most Suitable Sample Areas Chosen by STuRP
3.All 7 Major C14 Labs given samples, not just the new AMS method labs.
4.Blind Tests to the Labs with Control Samples
5. No conferring by labs, all results published when all tests complete.

Created by STuRP Documenting Technical Photographer Barrie Schwortz. This is a clearinghouse for all the scientific research and papers.

Shroud of Turin Blog
Created by Stephen E. Jones This is site us user friendly and well foot noted.

Shroud Story
Created by Dan Porter This site has become a live blog with discussions between authentics and skeptics.

EVIDENCE FOR THE SKEWING OF THE C-14 DATING OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN DUE TO REPAIRS By Joseph G. Marino and M. Sue Benford © 2000 All Rights Reserved Reprinted by Permission

Studies on the radiocarbon sample from the shroud of turin Raymond N. Rogers Published in Thermochimica Acta 2005 © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Rogers was a chemist from Los Alamos Labs and member of the STuRP project.

Recent Presentations

Shroud of Turin Overview
November 25, 2018 11AM - 12:30PM
Bethel Christian Fellowship Meeting at

The Hampton Inn
30255 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Jesus and the Shroud of Turin

This documentary was made in the 1990's for The Learning Channel.  It provides a good overview on the Shroud of Turin image properties which have never been replicated.    50 mins appx


Overview of Shroud Properties

  • First photo of Shroud in 1898 by Italian photographer Secondo Pia revealed that the straw yellow image is actually a photographic negative. (light and dark colors inverted) Pia's negative plate was a shocking positive. Pia earned many accusations of fraud for this photo.

  • Second photos by Giuseppe Enrie in 1931 confirmed Pia's photos were not fake.

  • 1972 VP8 Image Analyzer revealed linen to body three dimensional information within the Shroud image. This characteristic revealed that the Shroud image was unique in the world. No attempt at duplication has been able to create an image with this property. This revelation prompted world-wide interest.

  • Blood on cloth is real, type AB

  • Post-mortem blood was found by detecting serum halos under ultraviolet photography, invisible to human eye.

  • No image below blood. The blood was on the cloth first. All image formation theories must account for this.

  • Image is a faint straw yellow color penetrating one microfibril deep. 1/500 of an inch. Only select fibrils have color. This is not one thread deep, but one microfiber, a couple of microns thick. Color is on portions of micro-fibers.

  • The image is thermally stable. One drop of molten silver burnt through the cloth from a 1532 fire in a church in France where the Shroud was kept in a silver box. Silver melts at 900+ degrees C. The image next to the scorch was not changed, as it would be if any substance formed the image.

  • The image is not defusable. Water was used to put out the fire on the Shroud and if any powders, dies, paints were used, they would have been diluted and spread. The image did not respond to the water.

  • 1978 - 24 Scientists of the Shroud of Turin Research Project formed in 1977 (STURP) were allowed to examine cloth for 5 days around the clock.

  • Conclusion published after 3 years of data analysis in 1981 and is still true today: 

"There are no chemical or physical methods known which can account for the totality of the image, nor can any combination of physical, chemical, biological or medical circumstances explain the image adequately. Thus, the answer to the question of how the image was produced or what produced the image remains, now, as it has in the past, a mystery. We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin.”