Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Did King Abgar get a letter from Jesus?

Abgar V of Osrene with Holy Face of Edessa

There is a legend, credited mainly in the East, that while residing in Jerusalem Jesus received a letter from King Abgar V of Osrene, and that Jesus wrote back to King Abgar.   Moreover, the correspondence of King Abgar and Jesus has been preserved.  Whether the correspondence is authentic or not is, of course, a different matter.  Many other traditions surround King Abgar, including one that depicts King Abgar as the original recipient of the "Holy Face of Edessa" icon.  King Abgar's portrait even appears on the Armenian 100,000 dram banknote. More here (h/t Dr. Finaldicus Serenissimus).

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