Two ancient documents and the Shroud of Turin?

Amongst the vast amount of ancient and early Christian writings from the 1st – 4th centuries, we find large amounts of forgotten books and somewhat un-researched material, all of which give us glues and further insights into the ancient mind and the times in which Jesus and the apostles lived.

Our understanding of the era in which the New Testament was written is growing by the day and our knowledge of the historical reality of the New Testament is unearthed continually.

Some of this knowledge and insight is hugely controversial and what is discovered is so often contrary to what is commonly called knowledge.

The historical theologian likes to see things, to touch the historical artefact, the ancient coin, the fragment of pottery, the ancient nail, the writing upon the ancient temple wall. We want every bit of information we can find. We seek to discover every last word written on every ancient fragment of papyrus and every ancient tablet of stone and document.

One document which has interested me recently is my observation within two ancient texts dating around the 2nd century AD and their referrences to the burial cloth of Christ.

One of these documents is from a text known as “The gospel according to the Hebrews“. The passage which contains a Shroud referrence reads concerning a Gospel which Origen used and records an event concerning Jesus who after His resurrection took His burial cloth to the servant of the [High] Priest, who is named in John 18: 10-11 as Malchus and referred to in Matthew 26: 51, Mark 14: 47, Luke 22: 51 as the man to whom Jesus healed his ear, after it had been cut off by Peter in Gethsemane.

According to the Gospel of the Hebrews, Jesus gave Malchus the Shroud after Jesus’ resurrection.

The text reads follows;

But when the Lord had given the linen cloth to the servant of the priest, He went and appeared to James
The Gospel according to the Hebrews. (Found in Jerome, Illustrious men, 2 & Lost Scriptures, Ehrman, Page 16)

Could this text be a referrence to the Shroud of Turin?

The second historical text is from what is called “The Hymn of the pearl”. This text is said to have been written by the apostle Thomas himself and is somewhat mysterious and less direct, maybe even poetical, but nevertheless, a referrence. This work is referred to in the third century Acts of Thomas and the work itself is generally agreed to date to the 2nd century AD.

The text reads as follows;

But, when suddenly I saw my garment reflected as in a mirror, I preceived in it my whole self as well and through it I knew and saw myself. For though we originated from the one and the same we were partially divided, then again we were one, with a single form. The treasurers too who had brought the garment I saw as two beings, but there existed a single form in both, One royal symbol consisting of two halves…And the image of the King of Kings was all over it

(The Hymn of the Pearl. 76-80, 86. 2nd century AD)

The question is, are these texts historical and very early referrences to the Shroud of Turin?


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  1. #1 by Simon Peter Sutherland on April 25, 2012 - 2:46 PM

    See also my article on Pontius Pilate coins found on the Shroud of Turin.

  2. #2 by lovetar on April 29, 2012 - 6:22 AM

    There are various opinions and researches of the shroud of Turin. Some people say that it is the genuine and some that it is the fake and the hoax. The fact is that the shroud of Turin doesn’t present Jesus of the Bible. If we can find even one evidence, which disprove the shroud of Turin theory, so the whole story shall be invalidated. We can find a large number of evidence from the Bible, which show that the shroud of Turin cannot be the shroud of the Lord Jesus.

    Source of the text;

    • #3 by Simon Peter Sutherland on April 29, 2012 - 6:12 PM

      Well, I certainly do not agree with many of the assumptions, claims and interpretations contained within that article. Many of the claims are not accurate in my understanding.

      The washing of the body issue, Jesus the Nazarite, long hair etc, the blood, the 2nd commandment etc are all very bias assumptions and conclusions of which I don’t agree with, with reason and actual written support.

      Also, your statement “The fact is that the shroud of Turin doesn’t present Jesus of the Bible” is by far factual.

      I certainly DO NOT agree that men of the Bible all had short hair, that is a very inconsistent claim. I would find it hard to imagine a John the Baptist, or a Samson or an Absalom or even Paul himself making that claim when he had his hair cut in Jerusalem. But unlike the writer of the article, I do not base my conclusions upon my interpretation of ONE passage which can swing this way or that and then interpret all the other passages according to that interpretation.

      I certainly believe that John Wesley, John Bunyan, the Puritans and many, many more would agree with me that Bible supports long hair on a man and likewise the Geneva Bible certainly supports my claim that Jesus was indeed a Nazarite.

      However, the matter cannot be resolved by mere opinion, but the historical and Biblical facts must determine the conslusions.

  3. #4 by shroud of turin on May 2, 2012 - 8:06 PM

    Evidence of this cloth is proof that he lived and died, but some still doubt it’s authenticity.

    Shroud of Turin

  4. #5 by jensweet66Sweet on March 29, 2013 - 6:30 PM

    He lived, died, then lived again. JESUS LIVES AND REIGNS!

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