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This (belatedly) is the "Editorial and Contents," part #1 of the December 2016 issue of my Shroud of Turin News. Following this editorial, I will add excerpts from Shroud-related December 2016 news articles (if any) in separate posts, linked back to this post, with the articles' words in bold to distinguish them from mine. Click on a link below to go to that article. Articles not yet linked are planned to be commented on in this issue.
Rex Morgan's Shroud News: My scanning and word-processing of issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News issues provided by Ian Wilson, and emailing them to Barrie Schwortz for him to convert to PDFs and add to his online Shroud News archive, continued in December up to issue #65, June 1991 [Right (enlarge)]. Issues in that archive are now up to #61, October 1990.
Posts: In December I blogged only 4 new posts (latest uppermost): "Negative #19: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!," "Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Sixth century," "`Life in the post-truth age,' Shroud of Turin News, November 2016," "`Editorial and Contents,' Shroud of Turin News, November 2016,"
Updates to my posts in the background in December included: "Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Fifth century," "c. 490 The Gelasian Decree, attributed to Pope Gelasius I (r.492-496), dismissed the correspondence between Edessa's King Abgar V and Jesus [see "50"] as apocryphal."
Books: In December, following a tip from Ian Wilson (to be explained in my next post) I ordered and received the book, Roberts, A. & Donaldson, J., eds, 1951, "The Ante-Nicene Fathers: The Writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325," Vol. VIII, Eerdmans: Grand Rapids MI, Reprinted 1974, because it "has translations of the New Testament Apocrypha" including, the "Acts of the Holy Apostle Thaddaeus." In the latter at page 558 it has this very significant paragraph and footnote:
"And Ananias [Abgar V's courier], having gone and given the letter, was carefully looking at Christ, but was unable to fix Him in his mind. And He knew as knowing the heart, and asked to wash Himself; and a towel 4 was given Him; and when He had washed Himself, He wiped His face with it. And His image having been imprinted upon the linen ...See my "Tetradiplon and the Shroud of Turin," and my next post, "The date of Ian Wilson's tetradiplon = `doubled in four' Shroud experiment."
4 Lit., doubled in four."
Pageviews: At midnight on 31 December, Google Analytics [below (enlarge)] gave this blog's "Pageviews all time history" as 670,590 and "Pageviews last month" as 46,130. It also gave the most viewed posts for the month as: "Did you ask radiocarbon dating experts their opinion on this?," Nov 3, 2016 - 277; "Superficial #18: The man on the Shroud: The evidence is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic!," Nov 11, 2016 - 248; "Medieval photography: Nicholas Allen," Aug 7, 2016 - 241; "Chronology of the Turin Shroud: Second century," Aug 5, 2016 - 207; "Life in the post-truth age," Shroud of Turin News, November 2016," Dec 6, 2016 - 195. As can be seen there was a huge jump in "Pageviews last month" in December: 46,130 compared to 13,771 in November! I assume that it was due to the free publicity in the article, "Life in the post-truth age," The Telegram, Pam Frampton, November 19, 2016, where Ms Frampton cited a prime example of "post-truth" as:
"A blog asserting the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has 616,999 page views, even though that piece of cloth has been proven to be a forgery."!
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Posted: 19 January 2017. Updated: 20 January 2017.