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The Robe Paperback – April 7, 1999
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The sweeping pageantry of one man's quest to find truth in a world corrupted is a quest that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. Without giving too much away, the quick synopsis would be this: The story begins with Marcellus Gallio, the son of the rich Roman Senator Marcus Lucan Gallio, being commissioned to take command of the Roman fort at Minoa (Gaza). His trusted slave and friend, Demetrius, makes the journey with him, and they find at the fort a desolate scrap of land and a group of ruthless ruffians who don't take kindly to leadership. Marcellus takes firm control at Minoa, and it is from here that he and Demetrius end up in Jerusalem during Passover. It is at this particular Passover that Jesus is tried under Pontius Pilate and crucified. The detachment from Minoa, lead by Marcellus, is ordered to execute Jesus. During the Crucifixion, the officers get drunk to avoid the harsh reality of the task they've been assigned. They start to gamble and at one point, they gamble for Christ's robe.Read more ›
One day in March, I was completely bored to death. My Grandma, tired of seeing me mope about, told me to get interested in a good book. Having no good books to read I told my Grandma to pick one out for me. She casually told me that The Robe was a good book and told me to find it off of the shelf that held all of her books that she got from The Peoples' Book Club. It had beautiful illustrations. I sat down to read it and from the first page I was immediately hooked.
That was in the year 1997. It is the year 2000 now and ever since then I have read The Robe 3 times and am in the middle of reading it again.
It is the most enduring story of Marcellus Gallio, a wealthy Tribune and son of a senator in ancient Rome. When he is ordered to put a man he knows is not guilty to death by crucifixion, he goes insane. Marcellus is accompanied in this story by the tragic Demetrius, his slave, and Diana, the woman he loves and a niece to the Emperor. Marcellus, after being healed, goes on a quest to learn of the mysterious man he put to death. And discoves he is not dead at all.
This book takes 508 pages to unfold. But it is told with such mesmerising characters and such keen historical detail that you wish it would never end.
But once, the story got into Marcellus' interest in the Christian faith, that's when there started to be problems. I believe the Bible is the Word of God, and I do my best not to pick and choose what to obey or to explain things away. I think it is a very serious matter to add to or take away from what it says. That's one reason when researching this book that I was glad to read that Jesus was not present as a character, but learned about from others. That is slightly inaccurate, He is seen at a distance by Demetrius on Palm Sunday, and his impressions are shared, but there's no interaction. There is plenty of interaction later on with some of the disciples, and events, including miracles are described that are not mentioned in the Bible. Barnabas is portrayed extensively, and it's all speculation. And Peter seems a bit too welcoming and friendly with Gentiles based on the Biblical account. One concern is what's actually given as a positive in the Afterword, that the mental picture of the individuals in the Bible is greatly influenced by their portrayal in the story. That's a concern of mine.
The robe of Jesus, won by Marcellus gambling at the foot of the cross, shows up throughout this book. The Bible tells of a woman who touched the hem of Jesus' robe and was healed. Based on this, Douglas endows the robe with healing properties after Jesus' death, like a talisman.Read more ›
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Anyone wanting to reacquaint them self with the life and times of early christians could do no better than engage in a reading of "The Robe. Read morePublished 9 days ago by W. Powell
Although I love the movie (and will continue to watch it every Easter) there was so much more in the novel. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mary Ellen Estrada
I re-read this book once in awhile because it lifts my hope in the possibility of a good world. I'm gifting it to my grandson to help him on his path.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book!!! Gives a real perspective on the early Church and the sacrifices they made. Well written as well. I highly recommend this book!!!Published 1 month ago by Sheilah
This is a lovely book, but the Kindle version I bought was the worst I have ever read. There were so many typos, I was distracted on nearly every page. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marsha Reynolds
Although there are some inconsistencies with and liberties taken re the biblical narrative it is an imaginative portrayal of the times and events around the death and resurrection... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Blake