True Cross

True Cross

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Presenting the legend of the cross on which Christ died, this book retells the tale from the time of Adam and Eve through the Crucifixion up to St. Helena's discovery of the True Crossshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 213.36 x 279.4 x 10.16mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Col.ill.
  • 0192797182
  • 9780192797186

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Wildsmith makes one continuous narrative out of several traditional anecdotes connected with the "true cross," beginning in the garden of Eden where Adam's son Seth obtains a sprig from the Tree of Life to plant in his dying father's mouth. The tree that grows from it has healing power; a bridge made from its wood evokes an awed prophecy from the Queen of Sheba; her vision comes true when the wood is used for Jesus' cross; and the cross is found by Helena two centuries later when it brings a dead boy to life. It's unlikely that many children around today have grandmothers still cherishing their own tiny chips of the "true cross"; nevertheless, Wildsmith does rely on a preconditioned response to Jesus (whose story he doesn't go into) for whatever impact or resonance the chronicle might have. The illustrations also have a foregone, if not stale, quality, despite a sort of festive formality: they seem not so much responses to the story as well-made decorations. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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