This is a return to religious history (in contrast to his recent science-fiction excursion) and concentrates its story on...

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THE SPEAR

This is a return to religious history (in contrast to his recent science-fiction excursion) and concentrates its story on the period between the Feast of the Tabernacles and the Passover as ""he"" councilled his followers and fulfilled ""his"" promises. Because of political treachery in Rome, Cassius Longinus has been forced to to become a soldier under Pilatus, procurator of Judea, who has married Claudia, once adored by Cassius. In Jerusalem, Cassius saves young Naomi and her aged husband from the bandit, Bar Abbas, a useful member of the Israel freedom party, ready for revolt against Roman rule, Caiaphas, fearing the rumors of the Rabbi Yeshua, acclaimed by some as the King Messiah, plots for a showdown at the Feast but his prey escapes. Pilate, with the growing problems of colonial government, is confronted by the rising feeling and maneuvered into pronouncing the death sentence when ""he"" enters the city and is seized by the Jews. It is Cassius who thrusts the spear that proves the Master's death, who is a witness to the resurrection and who is finally joined to Naomi, in the new faith. Here is contemporary application of Jesus' parables and speeches, and the telling of this well known story presents some new aspects of personalities and events, with color and persuasion. A defined market.

Pub Date: March 16, 1955

ISBN: 0898706041

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1955