Suzi (17 Nov
"Re: burial 'clothes', 'cloths' and other terms"
If you study the burial customs of the times, you will see that we misunderstand/translate the wording in the Bible.
clothes. This is the customary way a body was wrapped in those times.
It involved placing one long (up to 14 feet) piece of linen over/under
the body. THEN, strips of 'cloth' were wound around 'mummy like'.
(Donna) are actually making more of a case FOR the head cloth being
removed prior to the 'shroud' being placed on Him. If one was going to
prepare the body, they'd most likely remove the bloodied 'napkin'
(small rectangle of linen) that was around/over His head. Our of
reverence and tradition, the soiled cloth could have been lovingly
folded and laid aside to be buried/entombed with Jesus.
all we can do is conjecture here. We also have to deal with faith. I
choose to believe the Shroud is real, it tells the story of the death
of My Savior in a way that only today's technology can tell. A
wonderful witness to the reality of what went on. It fits right in with
the last days, when knowledge would increase. Some people need to see
to believe, how awesome that there is something to 'see'.
Shroud also had evidence of the 'burial ointment' used during the time
of Jesus, it's got pollen from plants only found in that area, there is
a piece down the full length of it that has been resewn (the strip that
was used to 'wrap around' the linen enshrouded body). There is so much
that can only be seen as PROOF of it being real. But again, to each his
own. If you do not believe, that is your choice.
Someday all our
questions will be answered. I'd like to also point out that the
beginning of this discussion had to do with the anecdote of the 'folded
napkin'...I was never intending this to be a discussion of the validity
of the Shroud.