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  • I think that there are definitely too many hands in the picture if you count them up but, of course, it's impossible to tell which is the extra one.

    Another interesting theory about the painting is that the person to the left of Jesus looks a lot like a woman. People have postulated that it is actually Mary Magdelene. Then you get into the whole can of worms about whether she was married to Jesus and whether she was "the disciple who Jesus loved" from John's gospel and all that stuff.

    I've written elsewhere [dave.org.uk] about my thoughts on the book, but to summarise - it's an incredibly badly written book which is based on an alternative view of the church which has been pretty common knowledge since the publication of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail over twenty years ago. There's nothing new here at all, but it seems to be bringing those theories to a whole new audience. Which can only be a good thing.
    • Interesting thoughts :-)

      I think that there are definitely too many hands in the picture if you count them up

      Funny... I counted 23 hands... I may have miscounted... :-) There should be 26 hands at the most, right?

    • I don't think there is a "can of worms" in the case of whether they were married or not. There is no historical and no biblical evidence that it was so. In fact, if you read the Bible it is pretty clear that Jesus was not married nor could have been. However, even if it were so, it does not change anything. But that is a big, unsubstantiated if.
    • Let's not forget that this painting is not a photograph... merely Da Vinci's portrayal. I always pictured the last supper at a round table.