Titus: A Comrade of the Cross

“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.”

Titus 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.

6 Comments

  1. Robert January 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm #

    Wow! Sounds exciting, James! You have sparked my interest.

  2. Daniel January 22, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Salting the oats indeed! That sounds like an excellent book.

  3. Crystal January 22, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    It IS an excellent book. May I recommend the sequel, _Stephen A Soldier of the Cross_? _The Cross Triumphant_ is also in that set. So keep reading! 🙂

  4. Allen P. January 22, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    I have borrowed the book from James, and am almost half-way through. It is quite intriguing! I eagerly look forward to the end, James. I love the way it’s been written so far.

  5. James January 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow, Allen, last I talked with you about it you said you were only on chapter 6; and that was two nights ago! And, yes Crystal, you may recommend the sequel: I had half a mind to buy the second one the moment I finished the first!

  6. Joshua January 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    This was one of the first Lamplighter books Dad ever read to us. I remember sitting with rapt attention as each page was read. What a test of patience indeed it was to wait inbetween chapters. Glad to hear you all enjoyed it likewise!

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