CARSTEN PETER THIEDE, MATTHEW DANCONA
Title: The Quest for the True Cross
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Griffin 2002-03-01
0312294247 / 9780312294243
Seller ID: 20070827120335
An unforgettable journey in search of the world's most powerful image The cross is arguably the most recognizable symbol in Western civilization. But what are its historical origins, and what happened to it after Christ's crucifixion? In a church outside Rome, a fragment of wood may hold the answer to these questions and could be fundamental to our understanding of Christianity. Focusing on a long-ignored fragment of the Titulus Crucis--the inscribed headboard from Christ's cross--authors Thiede and d'Ancona provide evidence that it may date from the time of Christ and was brought to Rome by Queen Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, in AD 328. their claim is a radical challenge to the modern view that all reputed holy relics are fakes. Following in Helena's footsteps and drawing together the threads of history, archaeology, myth, religion, and science, this journey through the ancient world is sure to transform many readers' conceptions about early Christian faith.