The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

byWesselow Thomas De

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Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago in ancient Palestine. It has shaped the course of human history. Yet historians still cannot say how it really began. How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion?

It is one of the biggest and most profound of all historical mysteries. This extraordinary book finally provides a convincing answer.

Traditionally, the birth of Christianity has been explained via the miracle of the Resurrection. After Jesus died he was raised from the dead by God and appeared to his disciples, telling them to spread the gospel. Once they saw the Risen Jesus, nothing could shake their belief. Within a few generations Christianity had spread throughout the Middle East and Europe; within a few centuries it had taken over much of the world.

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 his followers convinced that he was their immortal Messiah?

Art historian Thomas de Wesselow has spent the last seven years deducing the answer to this puzzle, and in doing so he has pieced together an entirely new picture of the birth of Christianity. Reassessing a familiar but misunderstood historical source and reinterpreting many 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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Christianity was born nearly two thousand years ago in ancient Palestine. It has shaped the course of human history. Yet historians still cannot say how it really began. How did a first-century Jew called Jesus manage to spark a new religion? It is one of the biggest and most profound of all historical mysteries. This extraordinary book finally provides a convincing answer. Traditionally, the birt...

Thomas de Wesselow is an art historian experienced at tackling “unsolvable” problems. He studied art history at Edinburgh University and at the Courtauld in London, where he worked successfully on the Guidoriccio Problem, one of the great mysteries of Italian art. Later, he became a Scholar at the British School in Rome, researching an even more complex puzzle, the so-called Assisi Problem. In 2002, he was appointed ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.52 × 6.42 × 1.55 inPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:DUTTON ADULTLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0525953655

ISBN - 13:9780525953654

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a lot of information! The theme of this book was thoroughly presented but, I feel, speculative (although perhaps possible).  Nonetheless, I felt the magnificence of the Shroud despite never having actually seen it.  The book was easy to read and interesting.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read.. Great book,, well worth the money.. Pretty amazing stuff,, check it out !!
Date published: 2013-05-21