The Shroud of Turin is a 14-foot-long strip of linen bearing the faint image of a crucified man. Many believe it originally covered the body of Jesus after he was taken from the cross. In “The Shroud of Turin—Probably the Work of a 14th-Century Artist or Forger,” Robert A. Wild, a Jesuit priest, examines the evidence presented in the most recent studies, adding his own perspective as a Biblical historian, and delivers a negative verdict. Some people who begin as skeptics concerning the Shroud end as believers in its authenticity, but Wild says his research left him “more doubtful than ever that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.”
Wild is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He reviewed The Bones of St. Peter by John E. Walsh in Books in Brief, BAR 09:01. Wild is spending this year in Rome investigating Jewish catacombs and other Greco-Roman antiquities related to his special interests.