The Quest for the True Cross

The Quest for the True Cross

Hardback

By (author) Carsten Peter Thiede, By (author) Matthew D'Ancona

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  • Publisher: GRIFFIN
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 244mm x 21mm | 467g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2002
  • ISBN 10: 0312294247
  • ISBN 13: 9780312294243
  • Edition: 1

Product description

The cross may be the most powerful and recognizable symbol in the history of Western civilization. But what are the historical origins of the cross, and what happened to it after Christ's crucifixion? In a church outside Rome, a small fragment of wood, neglected for hundreds of years, may hold the answer to these questions and prove fundamental to understanding the real genesis of Christianity.Thiede and d'Ancona - best-selling authors of The Jesus Papyrus - have written a revisionist work. The Quest for the True Cross explores the long-ignored fragment of the Titulus Crucis, the inscribed headboard of Christ's cross.Their claim is a radical challenge to the modern view that all supposedly holy relics are fakes. Thiede and d'Ancona have amassed evidence that this fragment dates from the time of Christ and was brought to Rome by Queen Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. According to legend, Queen Helena found the cross in Jerusalem in A.D. 326, on the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands.

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