The question raised in the Resurrection thread about evidence for Jesus outside the Gospels got me to remembering something.
Step one of this is asking somebody, probably Tom (who seems to have access to Borges’ Infinite Library), for the background. I’ve over the years lost a lot of the reference material I used to have, including what described and quoted this piece.
Supposedly, Jesus during his earthly ministry got a letter from the King of Edessa and wrote a reply, copies of which have come down to today.
This is not an Urban Legend. It does actually exist. It is not a medieval or recent forgery, a la the Donation of Constantine or the Shroud of Turin. It is either what it purports to be, or, more probably, a very early forgery.
The church has never given too much credence to it. I’m not clear on why, though I can make some good guesses.
Tom or somebody, do you have the background to make this a worthwhile thread?