Suzi (20 Nov
"To Ernie re: napkin story is anecdote..."
I think you misunderstood when I said the
story of the folded napkin being part of Jewish tradition meaning, "I'm
coming back", was an anecdote. NOT the fact that the Bible says the
'napkin' (or small cloth) was folded, and left laying aside the rumpled
I looked up Jewish meal time traditions, and
found many different sites that said the story is just that, an
anecdote...since there is no basis in fact that the 'leaving the napkin
folded means 'I'm coming back".
I guess I could/should have just
left it at that, but instead I used the Shroud as a point of my belief
about how/why that small 'face cloth' was left laying aside...it was
not necessary to get my point across.
The point? The story is
sweet and nice, but does not seem to be based on any real Jewish
tradition when it comes to a mean. Just the fact that the 'napkin' on
Jesus' face after he was taken down from the Cross was NOT a 'dinner
napkin' is actually enough to see that...it's just the way the word is
translated. It was a small piece of cloth (linen being the most common
cloth used then), and for whatever reason, it was left laying aside,
folded, while the larger shroud and the strips of cloth that were used
(look up Jewish burial customs at the time of Jesus to understand how
he was wrapped) were left as if someone had basically disappeared from
That's my point.