I was on the edge of my seat during the History Channel’s presentation of “The Jesus Strain” on Easter evening 2017. They took DNA from the Shroud of Turin and determined that the mitochondrial DNA (DNA from the mother) showed ancestry of the Druze people. They went on to explain that the Druze were originally from Egypt and they settled in northern Israel near Mount Carmel. This finding resonates with me because in Matthew 2:13-15 it says and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” So Joseph got up and took the child and His mother while it was still night and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: Out of Egypt I called my son.” If Mary had ties to Egypt, it would have made sense to flee to that area. When they returned from Egypt, they went to Nazareth… and that’s less than 20 miles from the Mt. Carmel area. While in Israel in 2011, I met a Druze man in the Carmel neighborhood.
Another reason I was excited is when they showed the scientist (from Padua, Italy) holding up the petri dish with the speck of blood from the Shroud, I saw the word “Fanti” written on it. Well Guilio Fanti is the scientist who in 2013 published results dating the Shroud from 280 BC to 220 AD. The above information was presented in the last half-hour, so I was in suspense for the other hour-and-a-half. It was worth the wait.
Unfortunately, DNA from the possible bones of John the Baptist could not be extracted, and the curator of the Sudarium of Oviedo (face cloth mentioned in John 20) refused to allow the test. The owner of the supposed “Jesus Osuary” refused to allow the testing as well.
The Jesus Strain Intro…
Now for the first time in history a man of faith and a man of science are teaming up to search for Jesus' DNA. Using the latest advances in DNA technology Oxford University geneticist George Busby and biblical scholar Pastor Joe Basile are investigating the world's most famous holy relics including the Shroud of Turin, The Sudarium of Oviedo and the newly discovered bones of Jesus' cousin, John the Baptist. Their journey takes them to holy sites around the world from Spain and Italy to Israel and the shores of the Black Sea. By extracting and analyzing samples of each of these holy relics they hope to retrieve a sample of DNA that possibly belongs to Jesus or a member of his family. They believe that if they can find a strand of Jesus' DNA it could help identify who among us today are descendants of Jesus and provide us with new insight into the man many consider to be the most important person in history, Jesus.