Shroud of Christ
Channel 4, WNET New York [PBS], 60 minutes
In 1988, carbon dating proved beyond all doubt that the world’s greatest religious relic, the Shroud of Turin, was a fake. But 15 years later one woman’s claims were to throw the origins of the cloth wide open once again. While restoring the aging material, Swiss textile expert Mechthild Flury-Lemberg declared the weave of the fabric could only have originated during the 1st century. The debate reignited… was the crucified body of Christ really wrapped in this scarred blood stained cloth? The film takes a journey through history. It traces the Shroud’s path from Middle Eastern origins to its final resting place in Turin, Italy. On the way… historians and scientists attempt to answer the greatest mystery of all… how did the image of a crucified man appear on the cloth?