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Alexander Mirkovi´c links the growth in the legend to reception theory, under which every new generation of readers interprets and transforms the text so that it becomes a fusion of past and present. In other words, all the additions made to the text, and the subsequent changing of certain details, tells us more about what the readers or hearers of the text believed than what the original writer intended. In the case of the Image of Edessa, later additions and observations could in fact be more accurate than earlier accounts, especially if the later versions are based on actual eyewitness evidence of the object in question rather than simple hearsay. The link to Christ and his times was by no means essential in order to establish that the Image was not made by human hands, neither to show that Christianity was of ancient standing in Edessa.

Keywords: Alexander Mirkovi´c; Christ; Christianity; Image of Edessa



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