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Researchers Create Life-Sized Replica of Jesus Based on Shroud of Turin

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2018 Apr 02
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Italian researchers and experts have revealed that they have new and fascinating answers to how Jesus looked as a human man.

The researchers based their study off the Shroud of Turin, which, as CBN News reports, is a 14-foot linen cloth that is believed to be what Jesus’ body was wrapped in before He was put in the tomb. It is also believed to be imprinted with an image of Jesus’ face.

Experts have debated for some time regarding the Shroud of Turin’s legitimacy, but last year researchers from the Institute of Crystallography found chemical stains on the shroud which, when analyzed, were found to be remnants of blood; and not simply blood, but blood from someone who had suffered an agonizing death.

"For the Christian tradition the image that is seen on the Shroud is that of Jesus crucified dead. And now science is of this opinion too,” said Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurements at the University of Padua in Italy. "We have studied for years using the most sophisticated 3D technologies the image left by the body on the sheet. And the statue is the final result."

Researchers have reconstructed a 3-D carbon copy statue of what Jesus likely looked like, based on the measurements of the shroud.

Based on this replica, Jesus is thought to have been taller than the average man from the first century.

"According to our studies, 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," said Fanti.

The University of Padua and Padua Hospital collaborated to create the life-sized replica of Jesus, which can be seen in the video below.

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Publication date: April 2, 2018