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Are there other interpretations of the Hymn of the Pearl?

Scholars who have studied the Hymn of Pearl over the past several decades have offered interpretations that don't relate to the Shroud of Turin. The notion that the two image segment, and indeed some of the other text in the poem, relates to the Shroud is relatively new. Older interpretation must be seen in that light. And indeed many scholars now think the poem pertains, in large measure, to the Shroud.

The Hymn of the Pearl, is sometimes also called the Hymn of the Soul or the Hymn of the Robe of Glory.

The point, however, is that the two images segment of the “Hymn of the Pearl” seems to describe the shroud that is now in Turin. It is hard to imagine what else, even in a metaphorical sense, these words describe.

What is lacking in the poetic description is any mention of the photographic-like negativity. Perhaps, given that such a concept was not realized during this era, it wasn’t addressed.  

 

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