The Tangible Emmanuel: How the Scriptures Shed Light on the Meaning and Presence of the Shroud of Turin by Christopher Knabenshue (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sunday, August 17, 11:00 a.m.–1 1:30 a.m.
This paper will detail the Biblical principle of the Tangible Emmanuel (coined by author) in how God, who is with us, uses His creation to show forth His glory. Tracing several Biblical passages where God uses matter as a means to reveal His message, presence, or glory, the listener will be drawn into a deeper understanding of the connection between the spiritual and material realms. Once this is established, a brief understanding of the sacramental system (matter and spirit in our own time) will be outlined, and finally the Shroud of Turin will be discussed in great detail on how it fits into the Tangible Emmanuel. By understanding the Biblical actions of God, we can understand with greater clarity the presence of the Shroud of Turin and how this “Biblically unmentioned” cloth follows the logic and pattern of the actions of God as recorded in Sacred Scripture.
The conclusion of this paper will reveal that the Shroud’s presence should not necessarily be something that we should be astonished at, but rather, through tracing the Scriptural account of how God works in this world, we should almost expect something like the Shroud to come as a result of the crucifixion and the resurrection. It is the mysteries that lie within the cloth, more than its presence, which is rightfully the focus of our astonishment.
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