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    DescriptionThis authoritative book about the controversial "shroud" of Turin, claimed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, presents overwhelming evidence that the cloth is actually the creation of a clever medieval artist. From the earliest known document that mentions the shroud - a letter from a 14th-century Catholic bishop reporting that the artist had confessed - Joe Nickell traces the historical, iconographic, pathological, forensic, and physical and chemical investigations of the purported relic. He details the microchemical tests that revealed artists' pigments on the image and tempera paint in the areas claimed to be bloodstains. Working with a panel of distinguished scientific and artistic experts, the author links the reported medieval confession and the scientific proof of pigments by demonstrating that the much-touted "photographically negative" image can actually be convincingly simulated by means of an artistic technique employed in the Middle Ages. Inquest on the Shroud of Turin has all the elements of a good detective story as well as of an expertly presented judicial inquiry. Nickell notes the fact that few scientists with the requisite skills have examined the cloth (generally, those who did became skeptics). He concludes that this is one of the many suspicious circumstances in the cloth's known history of seven centuries. The so-called "shroud" of Jesus can only be traced to about 1355, when it surfaced at Lirey, France. For the thirteen centuries from the reputed death of Jesus of Nazareth until that date, there is no evidence that his burial garments were preserved or that the "shroud" was in existence. Even readers who do not believe in so-called holy relics will be fascinated by Nickell's methodical uncovering of the truth about the cloth. However, nothing in this book attacks the faith of Christians.

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    Inquest on the Shroud of Turin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joe Nickell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 186
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 286 g
    ISBN 13: 9781573922722
    ISBN 10: 1573922722

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CATHOL
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000, REL072000, REL015000
    B&T Approval Code: A13550000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL070000
    DC21: 232.966
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: RLVH
    Libri: I-RLVH
    BISAC V2.8: REL067040
    DC22: 232.966, 232.96/6
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BT587.S4 N493 1998
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, QRAX, QRVK
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    01 July 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Joe Nickell has been called "the modern Sherlock Holmes" and "the real-life Scully" (from the X-Files). He has been on the trail of mysterious creatures and phenomena for four decades. Since 1995 he has been the world's only full-time, professional, science-based paranormal investigator. His careful, often-innovative investigations have won him international respect in a field charged with controversy. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently Tracking the Man Beasts; Real or Fake? Studies in Authentication; and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation. Among his other books are Psychic Sleuths, Looking for a Miracle, and Secrets of the Supernatural. See www.joenickell.com for more.