The Jesus Relics: From the Holy Grail to the Turin Shroud by Joe Nickell

The Jesus Relics: From the Holy Grail to the Turin Shroud by Joe Nickell lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Religion section.

Stroud: The History Press, 2008, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: The Holy Grail, the Lance of Longinus and the True Cross are some of the most revered artefacts in the world today. These Christian relics are also a source of limitless controversy. They have incited bloodshed and, some say, are a source of miracles. They inspire fear and hope among the faithful, and yet are a perennial target for sceptics, both Christian and secular.

In The Jesus Relics Joe Nickell examines the authenticity of numerous Christian relics, investigating not only the objects themselves, but also the methods that were used to substantiate these purported treasures. The perennial debate over the authenticity of such relics as the Shroud of Turin, the cross on which Christ was crucified and the head of John the Baptist leads Nickell to study the available evidence. He uses all the tools available to him, from science to historical investigation. For example, radiocarbon dating places the cloth from the Shroud of Turin in the Middle Ages, not the first century. Similarly, radiocarbon dating of purported wood from Christs cross shows it to be from 980-1146 AD. Nickell also explains that pieces of John the Baptists head were so abundant in the thirteenth century that jokes were made about them.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 249 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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