The Robe

The Robe

by Lloyd C. Douglas, Andrew M. Greeley (Introduction)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Trade Paperback, 508 pages
Current Retail Price: $16.95

A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe—a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set against the vividly limned background of ancient Rome. Here is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

If you enjoy books like Silver Chalice and Ben Hur, you'll probably enjoy this one. Our main frustration with it is that Douglas typically explains the miracles of Christ away. For instance, the feeding of the 5000 miracle is that the Jews (who actually brought food with them) are induced to pull it out and share with others. Other miracles are similarly dispensed with. This made the book overall less enjoyable.

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