On the eve of the television display, a new study is claiming that the shroud is far older, dating to between 280 B.C. and 220 A.D.
Detailing their findings in a new book, "The Mystery of the Shroud," Giulio Fanti, associate professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, and journalist Saverio Gaeta, argue that chemical and mechanical single fiber tests place the relic within Christ's lifetime, with a margin of error of 250 years.
Moreover, "mineralogical investigations on dusts vacuumed from the shroud, revealed traces of limestone and clay minerals showing high iron content that is consistent with dust present in Palestine," Fanti said.
Displayed for six weeks at Turin Cathedral in 2010, the shroud won't go on public view again until 2025, making the television display a unique opportunity to believers.
And if going on TV is not enough, a digital opportunity is offered to investigate the controversial relic.
A Shroud 2.0 app, available for Apple's iPad/iPhone (soon for Android too), allows to zoom incredibly high-definition details of the linen.