DATELINE: Jesus as Shapeshifter?
Shroud Face with Jerusalem Pollen
Oh, no, not another Shroud of Turin documentary? Yes, and this one is from Italy. We were worried at first that it was taking an evangelical position, not a scientific one, but how wrong we were. This film provided information and new science that we had not seen applied to the mysterious shroud.
This has a misleading title called Mysteries of the Holy Sepulchre, but it is really about new scientific experiments on the shroud of Turin.
It is alleged to have been debunked as the shroud of Jesus years ago, but new pollen science from forensic criminal investigators have taken the information about pollen on the shroud to stunning levels.
It seems there are three kinds of pollen from plants that can only be found in the area of Jerusalem and Hebron.
Scientists of all persuasions from Italian universities weigh in on the subject. They even find dirt rubbed onto the shroud from knees and feet, and that too is native to Jerusalem.
One botanist notes that the blooming flowers placed on a body during burial in that culture only bloomed in March and April. By tying together with historical information, they conclude the victim died the first week of April during the middle years of Pilate’s reign.
Going back to the gospels to tightly parse the wordage, they glean that the description of the shroud was that it was in two pieces, found still tied together, but missing the body that had apparently evaporated. In fact, all the signs of what now is called shapeshifting are present: he left one form and took on another that removed his physical presence from the shroud. By leaving the shroud in a flash, he changed shape or morphed into something else. He may have become an orb.
It begs the question why these rather ordinary people in a backward country suddenly went out of their way to tell this story and keep it alive. It shocked them. The earliest surviving fragments of the New Testament are then traced to about 50 A.D. or about twenty years after the events explained.
As to resurrection and transfiguration, science now can replicate the coloration on the shroud through a combination of radon gas and radioactive UV light in a sudden burst. There are no machines now in existence that are powerful enough to put an image on cloth, but it is feasible theoretically.
So, did we come away from this documentary better educated and taken aback? You better believe it.