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The Quest For The True Cross [Paperback]

Matthew D'Ancona , Carsten Thiede
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7 Dec 2000
The Cross is the most potent and recognisable symbol of civilized society, but what are its historical origins? What is the evidence for its actual, physical existence? In a small church in Rome, a tiny neglected artefact, hidden for hundreds of years, may hold the answer to these questions.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753810824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753810828
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CARSTEN PETER THIEDE, German papyrologist, who ran the Institute of German Studies in London, produced documentaries for BBC TV and is now director of the Institute for Basic Epistemological Research at Paderborn, Germany. MATTHEW D'ANCONA, formerly a senior editor on The Times, is now deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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For more than a century, on the basis of analysis of the known texts, New Testament scholars have sought to demonstrate the unreliability of these texts as evidence for what they claim, and to establish them as the work of communities several decades after the events they describe.
This remarkable book shows the potential of modern scientific and archaeological studies, to demolish the speculations of these scholars, who have made claims only on the basis of their own suppositions about the texts, not only in relation to the New Testament itself, but also to the surviving physical evidence for the earliest Christian sites and relics.
It is of course deeply embarrassing for those who have purported to use "scientific" methods in order to discredit the biblical texts, to see the results of genuine scientific studies and the collapse of their school of literary criticism.
This makes the book doubly enjoyable: not only to discover more about the early history of the Church as it emerges from the exciting archaeological discoveries which have taken place in the Holy Land; but to see how archaeology is now providing substantial evidence in support of the New Testament as the work of living witnesses to the events they describe.
If the fragment called the Titulus, still preserved in Rome, really is a part of the notice pinned by Pontius Pilate above the head of Jesus on the cross, and not, as has been almost universally assumed, just another bogus relic, then the implications are truly staggering. This book indicates that the possibility that it is genuine certainly can not be ruled out - and may one day even yield scientific proof of its age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly, interesting and fascinating book 1 Sep 2000
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This is the second book I have read by these authors. Having read many of the books to which they refer, I too came to the conclusion that the early gospel writers and saints were not liars but told the truth. Anyone reading this work, however sceptical on the validity of relics, will hear the creakings as closed minds open. The writing was easy to follow, and the writers treat their readers as intellectual equals. In some passages, particularly at the end, the writing becomes lyrical and the force of their message sings out - a really good book!
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This is a refreshing look at the evidence surrounding the story of St. Helena's discovery of the "True Cross" and associated material, and the possibility of their survival into the present time. Theide and Carsten present the facts and their arguments in an objetive and practical manner, encouraging the reader to come to his or her own conclusions, without feeling that it is being rammed down your throat.It is a bit of a difficult read in a few areas due to the detailed information provided, and is not intended to be read in one sitting. However, it is an engrossing book which the reader will want to pick up and carry on with right up to the end.
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