Spotlight: Russ Breault Brings Shroud Encounter to UNC Charlotte

Spotlight: Russ Breault Brings Shroud Encounter to UNC Charlotte

Date Published:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Could an ancient Jewish linen cloth be the actual burial shroud of Jesus? Could the Shroud of Turin be a document of the crucifixion? Is that even possible? Or is it nothing more than a medieval hoax?

Shroud Encounter is coming to UNC Charlotte on Feb. 12 at 7:00 PM. This highly acclaimed multi-media presentation will be held in the Student Union Movie Theater. The event is sponsored by Religious and Spiritual Life and the Multicultural Resource Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

International expert Russ Breault will present the fast moving, big-screen, experience using over 200 images covering all aspects of Shroud research. Shroud Encounter will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed through a CSI investigative presentation style.

The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world, yet remains a mystery. The 14-foot long linen cloth that has been in Turin, Italy for over 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a 5'10" bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. The historical trail tracks back through Italy, France, Asia Minor (Turkey) and may have originated in the Middle East according to botanical evidence.

Adding strength to the Shroud’s authenticity, scientists from Hebrew University confirmed the presence of pollen from plants that grow only in Israel. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times."

Breault has been featured in several national documentaries including Mysteries of the Ancient World on CBS and most recently The Real Face of Jesus? on the History Channel. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, Penn State, Cal State and others.