Books by Mark

Book CoverTest the Shroud

Mark Antonacci makes compelling arguments about many prominent points in Test the Shroud.  His accurate description of all the unique features on the Shroud of Turin allows him to convincingly argue that this is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ.  He presents a very testable hypothesis that particle radiation emanating from the dead, crucified body wrapped within this burial cloth caused its unprecedented, full-length body images, its still-red blood marks, its erroneous carbon dating and so many other unforgeable features.  He even describes advanced scientific testing techniques that could be applied to this burial cloth and its human bloodstains that could demonstrate whether a miraculous event actually occurred; when it happened; where it happened; the actual age of the burial cloth and its bloodstains, and the identity of the victim.

He contends that we live in a singular moment of history.  These new scientific test results combined with previous unparalleled evidence would prove that the passion, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ were actual events in history.


Giulio Fanti, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurement, University of Padua, Italy – This book gives a wide overview of the Shroud of Turin furnishing many interesting details of the most important relic of Christianity, both from the scientific and historical points of view, while reporting results from studies of many scholars.  After clarifying why the body image is not scientifically explainable, nor technically repeoducible, Antonacci furnishes an hypothesis how it could have been formed, based on particle radiation capable, according to him, of explaining both the image we see on the relic and the C-14 enrichment that produced a medieval date during the 1988 radiocarbon dating.
Joe Marino, Theologin, SindinologistTest the Shroud is a gold mine of information on the controversial Shroud of Turin.  Antonacci has followed up his 2000 book, The Resurrection of the Shroud, with another scholarly work that is also written with the non-scholar in mind.  Heavily footnoted and lavishly illustrated, Antonacci, with the detailed eyes of an attorney, covers all aspects of the study of the Shroud, including history, theology and science.  The author is petitioning the Vatican to allow new scientific examinations that will test all the latest hypotheses regarding image-formation and problems with C-14 dating.


The Resurrection of the Shroud

In his initial book, attorney Mark Antonacci documents decades of studies on the Shroud of Turin. Using “expert witnesses” in the fields of Science, Medicine, History and Archaeology,  Antonacci realizes that the “preponderance of evidence concludes that the 14 foot long linen bearing the image of a crucified man is indeed the burial cloth of the historical Christ.

Although an agnostic when he began his then 19-year examination of the Shroud, he presents new and important points about the Shroud of Jesus Christ. Using the latest technology he explains for the first time how the Shroud’s body image developed over time and was not present for many years after the burial. He also explores the scientific puzzle of the faint flower images, coin and skeletal features that may have became encoded on the Shroud and how they may also help to accurately date the cloth.


E. La. B. Cherbonnier, Professor of Religion Emeritus Trinity College, Hartford, CT – “What a splendid irony it would be if science, after opposing religion for centuries, should finally provide the strongest confirmation of biblical claims! Mark Antonacci, a lawyer trained to evaluate evidence, uses science itself to rebut the arguments against the authenticity of the Turin Shroud (including the widely publicized carbon dating), and also to show it corroborates not only the crucifixion of Christ, but even his resurrection.”
Kirkus Reviews – “His refutation of the possibility that the Shroud was painted in the Middle Ages is engagingly presented and argued. Antonacci makes a strong case against the results of the 1988 carbon-dating testing, which assigned the Shroud’s origin to the 14th century … he convincingly argues that the procedure violated existing protocols for carbon-dating, using a poorly chosen sample that compromised results because it had sustained fire and water damage in 1532.