RE: [GTh] Re: "Hymn of the Pearl" posts
- THANK YOU AGAIN, ROGER!
Actually I found that the story of Edessa wiped-on face was the source for the Veronica legends.
Edessa'a face image was real, was copied a lot, and was claimed in Constantinople and elsewhere as the model for their own iconic frontal faces of Jesus for centuries.
Also I found that one Makarios of Magnesia (ca. A.D. 400) identifies her as a princess of Edessa ( Crafer, T.W. The Apocriticus of Macarius Magnes (New York: Macmillan, 1919), p. 31).
Moses of Khorene (ca. 5th to 8th c.) even goes so far as to name her as Abgar's queen (von Dobschütz, Christusbilder, 1899, p. 114).
I'm still hoping to hear what the members of the list may think of the notion that the "alter-ego" of the folded Edessa cloth, apparently a larger full-body image of Jesus's burial cloth later sent to Constantinople, unfolded, and recognized as such, may be that which is being described by the expression "mirror-image" ("twin" of Jesus's body) in the Hymn of the Pearl.
Thanks for going with me on this quest.
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Subject: [GTh] Re: "Hymn of the Pearl" posts
Seems that the alleged image that the Edessian King used for healing was from the tradition of Veronica who allegedly wiped the face of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa. This was written in the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia. This is an important tradition in the Catholic Church. Eusubius wrote about it and associated Berenike/Veronica as a friend of Martha of Bethany and apparently was the woman healed of blood flowage (Matt 9:20). The name "Berenike" is first written in the "Acts of Pilate".
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