John Dominic Crossan on the Shroud of Turin
John Dominic Crossan giving his opinion on the Shroud of Turin on BeliefNet:
My best understanding is that the Shroud of Turin is a medieval relic-forgery. I wonder whether it was done from a crucified dead body or from a crucified living body. That is the rather horrible question once you accept it as a forgery.
John Crossan is a member of the Jesus Seminar, which has for the most part concluded that Jesus was born in Nazareth (not Bethlehem) of Mary and a human father who was not Joseph. He was an itinerant sage or guru who healed the psychosomatically ill but never performed any miracles. He was executed by the Romans because he was a “public nuisance.” The empty tomb is pure fiction as is the resurrection, which is based on visionary experiences by some of his followers. Crossan is perhaps most famous for his contention that Jesus may not have been buried following the crucifixion but tossed into a charnel pit or left on the cross to be devoured by wild dogs and vultures.