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Lentulus, Letter of
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The Letter of Lentulus is an apocryphal “contemporary” description of Jesus' personality and appearance: long, dark brown hair, parted in the middle and curling below his ears, a short, slightly forked beard, bluish-gray eyes; a handsome, serious radiance (cf. Ps 45:3*). First mentioned c. 1350 by Ludolf the Carthusian, it probably dates from the 13th or 14th century (Italy?). It is preserved in manuscripts dating from the 14th through the 16th century. In the 14th and 15th centuries…

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Frenschkowski, Marco, “Lentulus, Letter of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12897>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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