Shroud of Turin Seems to Call Jesus a Nazarene Per a Vatican Scholar

History of Early Christianity


Some text on the Shroud of Turin has been claimed to have been translated:

Death certificate is imprinted on the Shroud of Turin, says Vatican scholar
The Times – Nov 20, 2009

A Vatican scholar claims to have deciphered the “death certificate” imprinted on the Shroud of Turin, or Holy Shroud, a linen cloth revered by Christians and held by many to bear the image of the crucified Jesus.

Dr Barbara Frale, a researcher in the Vatican secret archives, said “I think I have managed to read the burial certificate of Jesus the Nazarene, or Jesus of Nazareth.”

While I will not go into the controversies now associated with the claimed burial cloth of Jesus, I will state that the Bible says that Jesus would “be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23).

Christians were often called Nazarenes in the first (Acts 24:5) through fifth centuries.  Scattered Christians seemed to have been called/considered Nazarenes throughout history.

Those interested in learning more should carefully and prayerfully study the following:

Nazarene Christianity: Were the Original Christians Nazarenes? Should Christians be Nazarenes today? What were the practices of the Nazarenes?
Arabic Nazarenes May Have Kept Original Christian Practices Were their faithful Arabs who held to original Christianity?

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