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Until the last two decades of the last century there was a substantial agreement on what was the acheiropoieton image of the Christ of Edessa; on its history, its characteristics and, to some extent, its fate. All traces of the alleged original of this image have been long lost, but it is still known to the Christian East of Byzantine tradition thanks to many later reproductions. In 1978 when the British writer Ian Wilson published a book that discussed the Edessean image and turned out to be a popular success. Wilson's book primarily focused on the Shroud of Turin, analyzing it from historical, exegetical, archaeological, medical and scientific points of view. In the present book the author provides a focused critical examination of the arguments put forward by those who believe that the identification of the Shroud of Turin with the Edessean image is proven beyond doubt.

Keywords: Byzantine; Christ of Edessa; Christian East; Edessean image; Shroud of Turin



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