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What Was The Image Of Edessa?

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This chapter focuses on the words used to define the Image of Edessa, and analyses the different descriptions of the cloth to see whether it is possible to form an idea of what the Image of Edessa was and what it looked like. The document known as the Liturgical Tract states that the Image was deliberately kept at a distance from the common people, in order to increase their sense of mystery about it and their sense of religious awe. There are many different words and descriptions used in relation to the Image of Edessa, and one of the most significant is precisely the one that all modern historians seem to shy away from. The author refers the Greek word τετρ6διπλν, used only for the Image of Edessa in the whole known corpus of Greek literature. The word Mandylion came into use when the Image was taken to Constantinople.

Keywords: Constantinople; Greek literature; Image of Edessa; Liturgical Tract; Mandylion



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