That is quite an article, full of amazing detailed information. I printed it out, TY.
My comment would be that O’Regan fails to make the connection between the miraculous Image on the Shroud of Turin and the Sign of Jonah of Matt 12:39-41.
To be fair, no other scholars that I am aware of make this connection.
Kowalsky even states that the Sign of Jonah in Matthew’s Gospel will “remain an enigma.” (pg. 19):
The Sign of Jonah in Matthew must meet the following criteria:
- It must be a distinctive sign or miracle which undeniably confirms that Rabbi Yehoshua is the Jewish Messiah. That is what His contemporaries were asking for when they demanded a “sign” from Him.
- Rabbi Yehoshua mentioned “a” generation, therefore not specifying either first or twentieth century, but promising that His sign would be available to the whole world at some point.
- The sign will be closely associated with His death and burial. Resurrection is not mentioned in Matt 12:39-41.
The miracle of the Rabbi’s death and burial is, of course, the vanishing of His corpse from the inside of a sealed tomb. I find it instructive that this vanishing is definitively described also in Matthew’s Gospel. But only a few were able to witness the Angel role away the stone and then immediately inspect the inside of the tomb. Something further is needed to make that miracle available to a “generation.” In my opinion, that “something” is our Lord’s bloody burial cloth, the miraculous image of His corpse that it bears, and its carbon fourteen enhancement which proves that a neutron radiation event took place. This “sign” is available to the whole world, alas for the skeptics…