Seamless Robes

Recently on a visit to the ruins of a medieval monastery i stood at the foot of an impressive stone Irish High Cross that was carved with images from the biblical story of Christ. One weathered panel showed Roman soldiers (as evidenced by their helmets) holding a robe. I also have a wooden 15th century cross depicting objects from the same scene, in this case, a robe and three dice. These carvings illustrate a curiously highlighted moment in the gospels when the Roman soldiers took Christ’s garments, divided them up, but then because this robe was something special, decided to cast lots for it: “This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.” (John 19:23 NIV)
The recurring detail of the seamless robe i think resonates with the human imagination because it serves as a symbol of the r

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