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The Robe [Paperback]

Lloyd C. Douglas
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Book Description

April 7 1999
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.

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About the Author

Lloyd Cassel Douglas (1877-1951) began his writing career in midlife, after working for many years as a minister. He gained international fame with his novels Magnificent Obsession 91929) and The Robe (1942).

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By Misfit TOP 500 REVIEWER
What a great find, I remember loving the movie when I was a young girl. This was a wonderful way to tell the story of Jesus, after the crucifiction and through the eyes of the people he had lived with and taught and healed, and a good reminder of what the Christian religion is truly about.

Marcellus and Demetrius were wonderful heros, I adored Diana, hated the evil Roman Emporers and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into the life and times of that era. I noticed some other reviewers claimed there were historical inaccuracies in the book which distracted them from enjoying it as much as I did. Not knowing enough about the various rulers of those times I can't comment on that, except that since the book was written in 1945 perhaps the known history was different than what is available now.

The book is quickest in pace at the beginning and the end, with a large slower period in the middle while Marcellus travels through Israel learning about the life of Jesus. However, I enjoyed the slower pace and reminder of the many wonderful things that happened at this time.

All in all a great read and highly recommended, with the caveat that if you are an agnostic or of non-christian faiths you might not appreciate it as well. Also a good choice for a younger teen reader, as you won't find the abundant gratuitous sex that you find in more current novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5 2014
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History and faith
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3.0 out of 5 stars Print size not what was expected Jan. 16 2014
By Helen C
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Chose this book for my mother believing it was large print. Very disappointed in the print size. Mother had to use a magnifying glass to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SECOND READING AFTER AFTER 62 YEARS July 22 2013
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tells an age old theme ,in a non religious way.Does not preach TO the reader.EXCELLENT STORY .NO MATTER YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEF.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus still surprises us Feb. 21 2004
The Robe probably has transcended its original scope of reconstructing the life of Jesus and his stamping on the mind of many about the coming of his new kingdom. Douglas has not only added new touch and sentiment to the story of Jesus, but also invigorated the historical period a skein of unforgettable characters whose lives were touched and thus inevitably changed their lives by Jesus' teaching.
It might be difficult to conceive that Marcellus Gallio, son of a prestigious Senator and a Tribune; Diana, the granddaughter of the Emperor Tiberias; and Demetrius, the Greek slave from Corinth, to believe Jesus' miracles and his resurrection. Lloyd Douglas has written truly a religious classic, one whose appeal is not limited to a particular time or a particular place, through the delineation of the characters' own struggle to cross that arbitrary line beyond which the credibility should go. .
Marcellus was a Roman soldier who by a fortuity executed Jesus' crucifixion and subsequently won Jesus' robe as a gambling prize. The robe symbolized his crime, the crime of recklessly crucifying an innocent man who exhausted him life in advocating love, kindness, and goodwill. The memory of the crucifixion, had been an interminable torture that plunged Marcellus into a deep melancholy. Demetrius could never tell when his master was hit by a capricious seizure that sent sweat streaming his face.
The robe miraculously healed the inconsolable Marcellus as he touched it. From there Marcellus set off on a quest to seek the truth about the robe and the Nazarene who claimed to own his kingdom somewhere not in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Jan. 5 2004
By A Customer
The first time I read this book, I was about 12 years old and really loved it. At the time I was a regular church goer. Today, many years later, my religious views have become much weaker and I am no longer a regular church goer. However. I still love this book. It is the story of a young Roman and his slave who search for the truth about Christ. The hero, Marcellus had been ordered to crucify Christ and had felt that
he had crucified an innocent man. He and his slave gradually
come to believe in Christ and have to suffer because of it.
This book is extremely well written and difficult to put down.
I highly recommend it regardless of your religious beliefs. It will teach you a great deal about the Christian movement and
about life in the 1st century. My only qualm about the book is
that Mr. Douglas does take some liberties with history. For
instance,Julia had been exiled before Tiberius became emperor and her son Gaius was long dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Robe � A captivating, Must Read!!!! Dec 1 2003
By Mariah
I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it. The book was overall well written and had a well developed plot. I would recommend this book to people, like myself, of faith. The Robe, being based on and around the time of Jesus' birth, life and death, provided me insight into what might have happened during this time period. Although, the book doesn't give in-depth details of the actual events surrounding Jesus' life and death, it provides an interpretation of the events from both a believer and non-believers point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars normswanted101 Nov. 28 2003
By A Customer
This is a very, very good book. It does two things at once. It teaches people about historical evnets, and it also is a story about people who go through trials trying to find answers their looking for. It's a good book for someone who likes their history, but who also enjoys a touch of romance. I feel that this is a good learning and teaching tool.
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