Is the Shroud an ancient Jewish tallit?
The idea that the Shroud of Turin was Jesus' tallit (prayer shawl) has been proposed by author John Lupia. This, he argues, confirms its authenticity. Unfortunately, Mr. Lupia's arguments are, at best, tentative. He bases his conclusion on two weak citations from old literature (A.D. 1653 and 1903), some questionable translations of scripture by the author himself and some highly imaginative interpretations of the Gospels; so imaginative that Mr. Lupia tells us that Jesus' tallit was laundered for him while he hung on the cross.
The claim is sensational. Mr. Lupia rejects the scholarship of centuries of traditional translations of scripture calling them inept.
Serious shroud scholars question if first century Jews wore tallitot that were fourteen feet long. Some sort of tallitot were worn by wealthy men and distinguished rabbis. But would Jesus, an itinerant peasant preacher have had such a tallit. So far, Mr. Lupia has not been able to convince any other scholar of the shroud.