Forensic Scientists reveal what Jesus may have looked like as a 12-year old
Rome, Feb. 11, 2005 (CNA) – Forensic scientists in Italy are working on a different kind of investigationâ€”one that dates back 2000 years.
In an astounding announcement, the scientists think they may have re-created an image of Jesus Christ when He was a 12-year old boy.
Using the Shroud of Turin, a centuries-old linen cloth, which many believe bears the face of the crucified Christ, the investigators first created a computer-modeled, composite picture of the Christâ€™s face.
Dr. Carlo Bui, one of the scientists said that, â€œthe face of the man on the shroud is the face of a suffering man. He has a deeply ruined nose. It was certainly struck.” Â
Â Then, using techniques usually reserved for investigating missing persons, they back dated the image to create the closest thing many will ever see to a photograph of the young Christ.
â€œWithout a doubt, the eyes… That is, the deepness of the eyes, the central part of the face in its complexityâ€, said forensic scientist Andrea Amore, one of the chief investigators who made the discovery.
The shroud itself, a 14-foot long by 3.5-foot wide woven cloth believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus, is receiving renewed attention lately.
A Los Alamos, New Mexico scientist has recently cast grave doubt that the carbon dating originally used to date the shroud was valid. This would suggest that the shroud may in fact be 2000 years old after all, placing it precisely in the period of Christâ€™s crucifixion.