What other references exist for an image bearing cloth prior to A.D. 944?
There are other references that do not pertain directly to the Legend of Abgar. They are significant because they all suggest full length image(s) and by inference a full length cloth.
- The most significant of these is the "two-images segment" of the
Hymn of the Pearl.
- Another important reference is from the Mozarabic Rite.
- A third comes to us by way of historian Ian Wilson. He tells us that Pope Stephen II (reigned 752 to 757) stated that Christ had . . .
spread out his entire body on a linen cloth that was white as snow. On this cloth, marvelous as it is to see . . . the glorious image of the Lord's face, and the length of his entire and most noble body, has been divinely transferred.
These correlate nicely with what factual and inferential information we are able to extract from the otherwise fictitious Legend of Abgar.