The Sudarium of Oviedo : New Evidence for the Authenticity of the Shroud of Turin
Author: Janice Bennett
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ÊThis is the story of the Sudarium of Oviedo, an ancient bloodstained cloth, believed to have covered the head of Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion. The author traces the known history of the linen and presents the up-to-date conclusions of EDICES. The investigative team that has been studying the cloth since 1989, discusses the cultural significance of the crucifixion and blood in the context of first-century Jerusalem. They demonstrate the significance of the famous passage of John 20:5-7, as analyzed by some of the most important Biblical scholars of the world. The book contains twenty pages of color photographs, many of which are from EDICES. These photographs explain visually the bloodstains and wrinkles found on the cloth, how the cloth was used, its comparison with the Shroud of Turin and the historical odyssey from Jerusalem to Spain.
The riveting sequel to the international bestseller The Sacred Bones, Michael Byrnes’s The Sacred Blood is a provocative, heart-racing thriller in the Dan Brown mode while adding a bold new twist to the genre. A heart-stopping story that blends archeology, history, science, and religion, The Sacred Blood concerns a race to possess the world’s most powerful relic as the clock ticks down to Armageddon. Action-packed and full of surprises, here is high-octane entertainment for lovers of The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and the New York Times bestselling Sigma Force novels of James Rollins.
The theft of the Holy Shroud from the Royal Chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, baffled the Italian police. Their investigation failed to develop any useful information or leads in spite of the assistance of the United States Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment which conducted polygraph tests on all of the suspects in the case. The Vatican, in a desperate attempt to recover the Holy Shroud, considered the Holy Grail of Christendom, summoned Alex Petrov, a leading member of the Secret Society of Jesuits and personal friend of the Cardinal General to assist the Vatican and the Italian police in its recovery. Alex Petrov's position as the Director of Clandestine Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, placed him in the unique position of having unparalleled resources at his disposal but only one man came to mind that was capable of solving the mystery and that was his old friend and colleague, James Markham, recognized internationally as a polygraph expert, and by the Vatican as the biblical Truthseeker. But first he had to locate Markham and he assigned that task to one of his female agents, Teri Flanigan, who found Markham in a Paris bistro drinking away his grief for the loss of his deceased wife. Sober and on the CIA payroll, Markham and Flanigan followed the trail of suspects in five countries and three continents, resulting in the recovery of the miraculous Holy Shroud, but at the expense of an innocent disciple who surrendered her life to liberate it.
Unlike sleights of hand, which fool the senses, sleights of mind challenge cognition. This book defines and explains cognitive deception and explores six prominent potential historical instances of it: the Cross of King Arthur, Drake's Plate of Brass, the Kensington Runestone, the Vinland Map, the Piltdown Man, and the Shroud of Turin. In spite of evidence contradicting their alleged origins, their stories continue to persuade many of their authenticity. Peter Hancock uses these purported hoaxes as case studies to develop and demonstrate fundamental principles of cognitive psychology. By dissecting each ostensible artifact, he illustrates how hoaxes can deceive us and offers us defenses against them. This book further examines how and why we allow others to deceive us and how and why we even deceive ourselves at times. Accessible to beginner and expert alike, Hoax Springs Eternal provides an essential interdisciplinary guide to cognitive deception.
Many scholars are convinced that The Holy Chalice of Valencia is the Holy Grail, celebrated in medieval legends as it was venerated by monks in the secluded Monastery of San Juan de la Pena, built into a rocky outcropping of the Pyrenees and surrounded by mystery. The tradition of Aragon has always insisted that the flaming agate cup of the Holy Chalice was sent to Spain by Laurence, the glorious saint martyred on a gridiron during the Valerian persecution of 258 AD, whose praises have been sung in European literature since the fourth century. Now there is new evidence: A sixth-century manuscript written in Latin by St. Donato, an Augustinian monk who founded a monastery in the area of Valencia, provides never-before-published details about Laurence, born in Valencia but destined for Italy, where he became treasurer and deacon under Pope Sixtus II. It explicitly mentions the details surrounding the transfer of the Holy Cup of the Last Supper to Spain.
From sacred mountains and places of pilgrimage to visions and out-of-body travel, this reference explores unusual and unexplained physical events, apparitions, and other phenomena rooted in religious beliefs. Each entry features a balanced presentation and includes a description of the phenomenon, the religious claims surrounding the occurrence, and a scientific response. Touring the world and history, this comprehensive reference includes entries on angels, comets, Marian apparitions, and religious figures such as Jesus, Mohammad, and Lao Tzu.
In these studies Gary Vikan has opened new perspectives on the daily life and material culture of Late Antiquity - more specifically, on icons and relics, and on objects revealing of the world of pilgrimage, the early cult of saints, and marriage. He contextualizes these familiar categories of object in the patterns of belief and ritual extracted from contemporary texts and the objects themselves, in order to understand their meaning within the everyday lives of those by whom and for whom they were made. The studies give a nuanced delineation of the inherently ambiguous boundary between conventional religion and magic, noting repeatedly those instances wherein the two are invoked in the same breath (and by way of the same art object), toward the same end. From this historically constructed matrix of art, belief, and ritual, the author derives an anthropologically defined paradigm of charisma and pilgrimage (applied in one essay, as an intriguing parallel, to deconstructing the world of a contemporary secular saint, Elvis Presley).