Daniel Scavone | 12-Oct-2014 | 10:00-10:30 am
In 944 Edessa’s cloth-image of Jesus arrived in Constantinople. It remained there until the 13th century. Of the Edessan sources, the most important was the 6th c. Acts of Thaddaeus, which attests to a faint image of Jesus’ face on a cloth imposed during His ministry. Importantly, the cloth was referred to as a sindon tetradiplon, literallya “burial cloth folded in eight layers.”
In Constantinople, the Edessa cloth-image was named, described, and/or depicted in art in at least 17 documents. Some writers saw only the face of Jesus visible on the folded cloth (Mandylion). Other eyewitnesses describe blood and full body on the cloth. My study of these texts provides strong evidence that the imaged cloth from Edessa to Constantinople was the cloth known today as the Shroud of Turin.
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Picture: (Click to Enlarge) Surrender of the Mandylion of Image of Edessa by the inhabitants of Edessa to the Byzantine parakoimomenos Theophanes, unknown 13th century author – Chronography of John Skylitzes, cod. Vitr. 26-2, folio 131a, Madrid National Library.
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