Last Updated By Bill's Bible Basics :
February 16, 2017
In addition to reading and studying all of the information which is available in this section of the Bill's Bible Basics website regarding the Shroud of Turin, and the Sudarium of Oviedo, please also consider reading my article entitled "Faith and the Shroud of Turin
" in order to gain a full perspective regarding this issue.
On the left side of this image, we see a closeup of the face on the Shroud of Turin as it appears to the human eye. On the right side is a photographic negative of the same face. The negative image has been flipped left to right so that it appears as it would on a photographic negative. This causes the dark bloodstain on the forehead to be reversed, and thus reveal the distinctive '3' shape, by which it is most often identified.
This reversing of the image allows us to get a better idea of what the person may have actually looked like in real life. This is because the image on the Shroud was mysteriously etched there in a negative form, just like a phototgraphic negative; so it was necessary to reverse it, in order to determine what the person who was wrapped in the Shroud, may have looked like. In other words, a negative was created of the negative on the Shroud, in order to produce a normal 'positive' image, in which light and dark contrast are situated in the right places. Despite their various endeavors to do so, modern science has yet to satisfactorily explain how the image on the Shroud was created.