[quote=contemplative]And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus.
And Joseph taking the body wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth:
And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument and went his way. ( Matthew 27:57, 59-60)
Considering that Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man and that Jesus had is own new monument…I doubt very much that Joseph said " go get me the table cloth that was used at passover supper a few nights ago". I imagine that Joseph wrapped Jesus in a clean linen cloth. Not a cloth with food and wines stains.
Matthew is the only one who refers to it as clean:
Mark 15: 43-46
Joseph of Arimathea, a distinguished member of the council, who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God, came and courageously went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Pilate was amazed that he was already dead. He summoned the centurion and asked him if Jesus had already died.
And when he learned of it from the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
Having bought a** linen cloth**, he took him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.” (Doesn’t say clean).
Luke 23: 50-53
Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council,
had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God.
He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried.” (Doesn’t say clean).
John 19: 38-40
“After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body.
Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds.
They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom.” (Doesn’t say clean).
(All references taken from The New American Bible.)