Has history been tampered with? The radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin?
Has history been tampered with? The reports of the radiocarbon dating of one of the most famous Christian holy objects — the Shroud of Turin,– caused a great resonance in 1988.
According to the traditional version, this piece of cloth bears the image of the body of crucified Christ and dates from the first century a.d., which is supposed to make it about two thousand years old.
However, radiocarbon datings have given a different dating: roughly 11th to 13th century a.d.
The radiocarbon analysis has been conducted in three laboratories — in
Oxford University, Arizona University, and the Swiss Technological Institute in Zurich.
A scientific work specifically dedicated to the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin claims the linen fabric that the shroud is made of to be produced between 1050 and 1350 a.d..
The result of the Shroud’s radiocarbon analysis performed in the laboratory of the Oxford University is 1050 a.d.
The laboratories of Arizona and Zurich have given more recent datings, 1304 and 1274 respectively.
In the matter of independent dating of historical Jesus Christ we can choose:
Radiocarbon dating is true, but the Shroud of Turin is a medieval fake because it conflicts with consensual timeframe for historical Jesus Christ; and we do not have independent dating of historical Jesus Christ;
Radiocarbon dating is untrue, the Shroud of Turin is a true relic and Jesus Christ lived in first century A.D.;
Radiocarbon dating is 100% correct, so the Shroud of Turin is a true medieval relic; but consensual timeframe for historical Jesus Christ is utterly wrong; therefore we have independent dating of historical Jesus Christ within the timeframe of 1050 -1304 A.D.;
It has to be noted that this timeframe fits perfectly with the New Chronology theory of Professor Anatoly Fomenko, leading mathematician of our time, albeit he himself strongly refutes very use of radiocarbon dating for dating of historical artifacts!