Now it's Turin's turn, or How Would Jesus Look?
Well, I suppose (especially with the Golan indictment as background) bibliobloggers cannot overlook an article
that claims the 1980s Carbon14 dating of the shroud of Turin as a medieval forgery was flawed.
On the dating itself see the fine rebuttal
by Stephen C. Carlson.
While Ralph (the Sacred River) uses the event to reopen the interesting question of why people, including CS Lewis, feel the need for something like the shroud that lets us answer our question: What Did Jesus Look Like
? His own candidate is one of the WikiMedia Fayum mummy portraits
. These are paintings of the dead made on wooden panels with coloured wax they come from 1st-3rd C Roman Egypt. So provide good candidates for Jesus look-alikes. There are a number of potential candidates, including the very Roman and even the Hollywood Jesus pictured here (all piccies from WikiMedia
or should that be PicciePedia?).
Which one works for you?