“Titus was listening with all his ears, but he said nothing, for he hoped that the man would speak further…. He could have slipped away in the dark easily enough, and was half-minded to do so. Then he reflected that he might learn something more of his mysterious birth and parentage, if he stayed; besides, he had a strong curiosity to see the much-talked-of Barabbas; and underneath all, was an unconfessed desire to share in the exciting events which were soon to follow.”
Thus precedes the poignant climax of Titus: A Comrade of the Cross, by Florence Kingsley, 1894. Set in the historical setting of Christ’s public ministry on earth, this volume follows a fictional character, Titus, the son of a Greek-raised Jew, in his search for truth beyond the paganism of the Greeks and the hypocrisy of the Jews. The storyline is amazingly accurate to the Bible and portions of the book are direct quotes thereof. In some respects, it is a dramatized commentary! The delicate balance between mercy and justice is brilliantly portrayed in it’s heartbreaking apex of which I must say no more, as doing so would defeat the purpose of having salted the oats. If you have read and enjoyed Ben Hur or The Robe, you will certainly enjoy Titus, though it is written much more simply yet no less eloquently.