The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection [NOOK Book]

Overview

How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion?

Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago and has won untold millions of followers. Yet, historians still cannot say how it really began. The Sign finally provides the answer.

Traditionally, the birth of Christianity has been explained via the miracle of the Resurrection, but historians ...
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The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection

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Overview

How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion?

Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago and has won untold millions of followers. Yet, historians still cannot say how it really began. The Sign finally provides the answer.

Traditionally, the birth of Christianity has been explained via the miracle of the Resurrection, 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 people convinced that he was their immortal Messiah? Art historian Thomas de Wesselow has spent the last seven years deducing the answer to this puzzle. Reassessing a much-misunderstood historical source and reinterpreting critical 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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"Thorough, well-researched and fair-minded... Persuasive... much more than just an addition to the canon of Shroud literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101588550
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 777,532
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

 Thomas de Wesselow studied art history at Edinburgh University and earned his MA and PhD at London's Courtland Institute of Art. Since 2007 he has been researching the Shroud full-time. He lives in Cambridge, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    A disappointing read

    "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.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Better than Average Sleuthing, Well Written

    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

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Great book

    Very intresting and amazing to know that jeaus was here

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