Among the earliest acheiropoietai is the Column of the Flagellation, in Jerusalem.
How is it, finally, that we know for certain that the Shroud of Turin is a fake?
But the more important point is this: The Shroud of Turin is not and never was a "work of art" in the conventional sense of that term.
And in fact, were it in any way to look like a work of art-something made by human hands-this would imme-diately disqualify it from being what it is supposed to be: an acheiropoietos.
Alan Whanger - Previously unpublished response to the article When the Shroud of Turin went on display this spring for the first time in 20 years, it made the cover of Time magazine with the blurb "Is this Jesus?
" In BAR, we summarized the controversy that has enshrouded this relic, venerated for centuries as the burial cloth of Jesus ("Remains to Be Seen," Strata, Julyl August 1998, p 13).