The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection

The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection

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by Thomas de Wesselow
     
 

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Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago in ancient Palestine. It has shaped the course of human history. Yet historians still cannot say how it really began. How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion?

It is one of the biggest and most profound of all historical mysteries. This extraordinary book finally provides a

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Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago in ancient Palestine. It has shaped the course of human history. Yet historians still cannot say how it really began. How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion?

It is one of the biggest and most profound of all historical mysteries. This extraordinary book finally provides a convincing answer.

Traditionally, the birth of Christianity has been explained via the miracle of the Resurrection. After Jesus died he was raised from the dead by God and appeared to his disciples, telling them to spread the gospel. Once they saw the Risen Jesus, nothing could shake their belief. Within a few generations Christianity had spread throughout the Middle East and Europe; within a few centuries it had taken over much of the world.

But historians have been unable to account for Christianity’s remarkable success without the Resurrection to spark it. If no one really saw the Risen Jesus, how were his followers convinced that he was their immortal Messiah?

Art historian Thomas de Wesselow has spent the last seven years deducing the answer to this puzzle, and in doing so he has pieced together an entirely new picture of the birth of Christianity. Reassessing a familiar but misunderstood historical source and reinterpreting many biblical passages, de Wesselow shows that the solution has been staring us in the face for more than a century.

The Shroud of Turin, widely thought to be a fake, is in fact authentic. And it holds the key to the greatest mystery in human history.

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"Some people will dismiss [THE SIGN]. Some people will be intrigued by it. And some people may change their attitudes on one thing or another by it."
Harold Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School, as told to CBS "Sunday Morning"

"Fascinating...startling."
Telegraph

"A fresh insight into the Easter story." -Financial Times

"Thorough, well-researched and fair-minded... Persuasive... much more than just an addition to the canon of Shroud literature."
Irish Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101588550
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,084,289
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Thorough, well-researched and fair-minded... Persuasive... much more than just an addition to the canon of Shroud literature."
-Irish Times

Meet the Author

Thomas de Wesselow is an art historian experienced at tackling “unsolvable” problems. He studied art history at Edinburgh University and at the Courtauld in London, where he worked successfully on the Guidoriccio Problem, one of the great mysteries of Italian art. Later, he became a Scholar at the British School in Rome, researching an even more complex puzzle, the so-called Assisi Problem. In 2002, he was appointed a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at King’s College, Cambridge University. Since 2007 he has been researching the Shroud full-time. He lives in Cambridge.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Sign" is really two books in one.  The first is the presentation of Mr. De Wesselow's empirical case for the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.  In this regard, the book is engrossing, very convincing and highly compelling.  Unfortunately, Mr. De Wesselow did not stop there.  The other part of this work is his re-invention of the Resurrection itself.  In his view, the Shroud is not only authentic, but is now the mistaken embodiment of Christ himself.  This second part of the book, which was totally unecessary to the first, is entirely speculative, unsupported by any substantive facts and very often misinformed.  I should have stopped reading half-way through "The Sign" and Mr. De Wesselow should stick to art history.
Steven_Paglierani More than 1 year ago
Having already read far too many religious-relic, "truth revealed" books, I approached this one with caution. In the end though, I was pleasantly surprised. This one is well written, comprehensive, logical, and thought provoking. Does it prove without doubt that the shroud is authentic? Not really. I'm not sure this will ever be possible. But what it does do is a good job of discrediting the debunkers, as well as making an equally credible albeit largely circumstantial case for that there are too many coincidences for the shroud to be fake. Perhaps what I enjoyed the most though was de Wesselow's non-judgmentally scientific professional attitude. Indeed, this book is worth reading even if all you're interested in is an overview of the kind of infighting, bad science, and biased claims these investigations provoke. Steven Paglierani
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
For anyone with an interest in Biblical history, this is a must read. How did this event, occurring during the span of only a single weekend, change the world? The Roman Catholic Church bases its foundation, its cornerstone, upon the Resurrection. The Shroud of Turin is the historical, empirical evidence of its occurrance. "The Sign" explores the history, theories, and mysteries of Christianity at its infancy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intresting and amazing to know that jeaus was here