The Bible and Culture

Shimon Gibson is a top drawer archaeologist, an interesting and approachable person, and he has been involved with many of the most interesting archaeological finds over the last thirty years (e.g. the Talpiot tomb). This particular find of a piece of a burial shroud from the first century of a man who had leprosy (confirming the existence of Hanson’s disease in that era) is fascinating and helpful. Some think this newly discovered piece of a shroud also counts as evidence against the antiquity of the Shroud of Turin, but of course that assumes that it is representative of how all shrouds were made in the first century, and we cannot make such an assumption. One piece of ancient shroud does not a scientific sampling survey make. Nevertheless, this is a significant find. Enjoy the video from CNN and comment. BW3

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