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The Spear: A Novel of the Crucifixion

by Louis De Wohl

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  inayabiblioteca | Jul 27, 2013 |
A very intriguing novel about one of my favorite saints, Saint Longinus. De Wohl creates a story about the last days of Christ, intricately weaving it with the life of the Roman centurion who would pierce His side to prove his death, and in fact is converted. ( )
  laudemgloriae | Sep 2, 2009 |
Christopher Desilets Fredericksburg Academy
August 27, 2007 Grade 11

The Spear
Louis de Wohl
Ignatius Press, 1998


Considered to be the “magnum opus” of his literary career, Louis de Wohl wrote his epic novel, The Spear, based upon the crucifixion of Christ and how it affects one of its least-known and expected participants. It is a novel that describes the life of one man who struggles with maintaining order within Judea, and finding what his purpose in life is.
The novel begins with Louis introducing the main character, Cassius Longinus, as a centurion in the Roman army. He is dispatched to the strife-torn hills of Judea as a body guard for the emperor Pilatus where he discovers that religion is the basis for Jewish society. When the time comes for the Passover feast, Cassius is overwhelmed with maintaining order within the streets of Jerusalem because of the animosity that has accumulated between the mobs and the laws authorized by the Roman Tribune. However, another issue occurs that is brought to the emperor’s attention. The Pharisees report to the tribune that a certain man named Jesus of Nazareth has been blaspheming against the Jewish religion proclaiming that he is the son of God and in addition has been saying not to pay tribute to Caesar. Therefore, a hearing is called and Pilatus finds nothing guilty with the man. However, because of the coercion and the large number of Jews present, Pilatus is forced to coincide with the mob’s request and hand him over to the Jewish people to be crucified. Cassius is later called that evening to report to the emperor Pilatus and is told to remove the three crucified bodies to be burnt. Before the bodies are taken down, the legs of the thieves on either side of Jesus are broken to prevent any possible escape. However, Cassius recognizes that Jesus is already and rather than breaking his legs he pierces his heart with a spear to ensure death. Suddenly, out flows blood and water from the side of Christ. It is at this moment that Cassius understands why so many of the Nazarene’s followers cry and lament the fact that they have just killed the Messiah. The Roman soldier who pierced the side of Christ, the man who previously believed in the pagan Roman gods and someone who had slight knowledge of who the rabbi Yeshua was, has been completely transformed and inspired to follow and live the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Louis de Wohl’s main reason for writing this novel is not just to give the reader an exciting background portrait of the man who pierced the side of Christ, but he is also trying to write a story that the reader can relate to. Cassius was a sober yet riled man whose life was shattered after the murder of his loving father. He felt he had no one to turn toward and find consolation in. Therefore, when he encountered Christ on the cross ha had a completely different perspective on life after witnessing the weeping followers who were so very much devoted to Him but had no familial relation to Him. Many times we may find ourselves in situations where we cannot turn toward anyone to express how we feel. However, God is always listening and attentive to what we have to say. Therefore, we can always find liberation and confide in God, just as Cassius went on to do.
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