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The Origins Of The Image

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The Narratio de imagine Edessena dates the origins of the Image of Edessa to the time of Christ himself, shortly before his passion. It should be pointed out that the Narratio de imagine Edessena itself gives two possible versions for the origins of the Image, one the regular Abgar story while the other one differs significantly. The second version stages the imprint story in the garden of Gethsemane, when Christ was sweating bloodhe was handed a cloth to wipe his face on and the image of his face was miraculously transferred onto the cloth. The fact that the Image is not mentioned in the written histories of Eusebius and Egeria is a very difficult hurdle to overcome. The safest conclusion is to say that the origins of the Image of Edessa cannot be established with any certainty.

Keywords: Abgar; Christ; Egeria; Eusebius; Image of Edessa; Narratio de imagine Edessena



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