Although there is evidence that some earthquakes can transitorily release substantial amounts of neutrons into the atmosphere, there are three scientific problems with the authors’ hypothesis.1. D., and whose works mention Jesus as well as an earthquake and a solar eclipse that happened during the Crucifixion.
This evidence is not credible (there was no solar eclipse then), and Biblical scholars no longer accept Thallos’s quoted words as evidence for the historicity of Jesus.
The third source is Joseph of Arimathea, who, according to the Gospels, donated his own future tomb to Jesus.
Needless to say, this is not independent evidence, and the other Gospels don’t mention such an earthquake. If it had happened, wouldn’t the Gospels have mentioned it?The alteration of the amount of C14 in the shroud would have to be sufficient to make it look sufficiently pre-modern, but not too young.In fact, the first accepted mention of the Shroud happens to be 1390, pretty close to the time when it was radiocarbon dated.It’s an attempt to refute scientific radiocarbon dating of the Shroud, which showed it to be a medieval forgery, by special pleading invoking earthquakes. You almost surely know that the Shroud of Turin is a sheet of linen that reposes behind closed doors in the Cathedral of St. And it bears the likeness of a man who is said to be Jesus.Indeed, the cloth is reputed to be the very burial shroud of Jesus.