This is a quickie post, in response to yet another debate (or “wrangle”) over that Hungarian Pray Codex, and whether or not it shows the Shroud of Turin (complete we are told with L-shaped poker holes).
I’ve already pointed out that what some folk see as the Shroud is nothing of the sort – it is the patterned lid of a sarcophagus – and the idea that the pattern is an attempt to represent the herringbone weave of the Shroud is interesting. But the lid of a sarcophagus appears in numerous medieval pictures of the Entombment, usually broken up with a pattern to represent some kind of monumental masonry, maybe mosaic tiles etc.
Those who believe the lid is the Shroud then interpret the discarded cloth as the separate head cloth which the Bible said was folded and left in a separate place.
To those who think that, I suggest they take a close look at the following pictures, zooming in on their so-called “head cloth”. It is much bigger than they perhaps have assumed, extending back towards the angel in a series of folds, decorated with crosses, and ending with a furled end, marked by two wavy red lines. The latter may indeed represent blood, as some have suggested, but the tracking of the blood along the wavy end denotes where the shroud ends – shroud, note, not face cloth.
IMPORTANT: This is not my major SHROUD site. The current topic there is the detail one can see (or not see) using my new Shroud Scope magnifying glass.
For a lawyerly approach to the Pray Codex, see the site of Stephen E Jones BSc, Grad Dip Ed. (as he signs himself off).
Reminder to whomsoever it may concern (not that it should be necessary): a lawyer uses evidence to obtain a preferred verdict; a scientist uses evidence to arrive at the truth.