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The Silver Chalice (original 1952; edition 1952)

by Thomas B. Costain

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Title:The Silver Chalice
Authors:Thomas B. Costain
Info:Doubleday & Company (1952), Hardcover
Collections:Ruined and gone
Rating:*****
Tags:historical fiction, Biblical times

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A young sculptor is commissioned to create a frame for the cup from the Last Supper. He travels around the Roman Empire, sculpting the faces of Jesus' disciples, and praying for the chance to see Christ's face. A sweeping epic, and engrossing. Recommended. ( )
  MerryMary | Jul 6, 2016 |
Follows the trail of the cup Jesus drank out of and how it touched people's lives. A good book to give kids who don't want to read the New Testement. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Basil, the son of a poor seller of pens and ink is adopted by a rich merchant in Antioch. The young man is a gifted sculptor and silversmith. Upon the merchant's death, his evil uncle steals his patrimony and sells him into slavery. The book follows his meeting early Christians and at the behest of Joseph of Arimathea [sp.?] he fashions a silver frame for the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper. Basil travels from Antioch to Ephesus then Rome to sculpt the faces of the apostles, which, in silver, will adorn the chalice. Basil also tries to regain his inheritance and his citizenship.

A classic, still a good story and worthwhile reading, the novel is written in an old-fashioned manner and the passing of years have not been kind to it. Style has so changed. It was packed with tiny details, which while adding to the vividness of the narration, sometimes slowed down the action. There were anachronisms galore. I read it years ago in high school when it came out, and loved it then. ( )
  janerawoof | Apr 17, 2015 |
This is the first book I read by Costain, and I appreciated it enough to read other books by him ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 3, 2013 |
A special illustrated publication by the Peoples Book Club, Chicago, IL
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Originally published by Doubleday
  gwenraab | Dec 31, 2012 |
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To Joe Murphy...friend and fellow seeker of the Holy Grail, who first introduced me to The Silver Chalice many years ago.
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Prologue: The richest man in Antioch, by common report, was Ignatius, the dealer in olive oil.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0829423508, Paperback)

"An outstanding historical novel.”—New York Times

“This novel makes real . . . the whole world of the New Testament.”—Chicago Tribune

“His theme is presented with an assurance and sweetness that is refreshing
in a great novel.”—Christian Science Monitor

The colorful, passionate world of early Christianity comes to vivid life in this story of Basil of Antioch. Basil, a sensitive artisan, is purchased from slavery and commissioned to create a decorative casing for the Chalice that Jesus used at the Last Supper. Basil travels to Jerusalem, Greece, and Rome, meets the apostles, braves the perils of persecution, and finally makes a fateful choice that allows him to “see” Jesus. The dramatic plot, compelling characters, and spiritual depth of The Silver Chalice made it one of the most popular historical novels of the twentieth century.

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A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself. He is struggling with his feeling and is torn between his adoring wife and a wily temptress. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to complete the task. Meanwhile, a nefarious interloper is trying to convince the crowds that he is the new Messiah by using nothing more than cheap parlor tricks.… (more)

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