EMPTY SHROUD, EMPTY TOMB

One of the more intriguing details of the resurrection concerns Jesus' burial clothes. Matthew, Mark, and Luke each describe Joseph of Arimathea wrapping the body of Jesus in a single linen shroud before placing him in the tomb. In John, by contrast, not only is Jesus's shroud made of multiple linen cloths or strips, there is also a face cloth left behind in the empty tomb. When John and Peter visit the tomb on Easter morning, they find both "the linen cloths" and "the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself" (John 20:6-7).