The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that scientists will also be investigating the supposed bones of John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, which were discovered in Bulgaria in 2010.
The hope is that samples from relics possibly connected to Jesus' family, including the Sudarium of Oviedo, could allow researchers to trace the DNA samples to any living people today.
Part of the endeavor was showcased on Easter Sunday on the History Channel, with Oxford University geneticist George Busby and biblical scholar Pastor Joe Basile traveling to places like Spain, Italy, Israel, and Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, where the 2,000-year-old bones of John the Baptist were said to be discovered....
Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:"
The reprobates are blind ignorant and alienated from all truth.
"Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
It is extremely unlikely that this has any validity, as Jews are buried immediately upon death, in the locality where they died, within 24 hours of the death.
While his head was given as a present by Herod to his step daughter Salome after the infamous birthday dance, and then she gave it to her mother Herodias who hated John the Baptist, because he had challenged her and Herod over their adulterous marriage, the rest of his body was taken by his disciples and buried hurriedly, as Jewish law required.
We know that the Middle Ages in particular was full of these "relics" of saints, and "artifacts" of Biblical objects, and they were venerated and worshipped, and pilgrimages were, and in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries today, are still made.
This is not Biblical, and a violation of both the First and Second Commandments.
These shrines, usually based round a monastery, nunnery, or a large cathedral or parish church, were amongst the first things to be destroyed and suppressed at the Protestant Reformation.