Item description for The Silver Chalice (Loyola Classic) by Thomas B. Costain & Peggy Noonan...
Overview First published in 1953, this classic recounts the story of Basil, a young silversmith, who is commissioned by the apostle Luke to fashion a holder for the cup Jesus will ultimately use at the Last Supper.
"An outstanding historical novel."--"New York Times"
"This novel makes real . . . the whole world of the New Testament."--"Chicago Tribune"
"His theme is presented with an assurance and sweetness that is refreshing in a great novel."--"Christian Science Monitor"The colorful, passionate world of early Christianity comes to vivid life in this story of Basil of Antioch. Basil, a sensitive artisan, is purchased from slavery and commissioned to create a decorative casing for the Chalice that Jesus used at the Last Supper. Basil travels to Jerusalem, Greece, and Rome, meets the apostles, braves the perils of persecution, and finally makes a fateful choice that allows him to "see" Jesus. The dramatic plot, compelling characters, and spiritual depth of "The Silver Chalice "made it one of the most popular historical novels of the twentieth century.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Loyola Press
Series Loyola Classics
ISBN 0829423508 ISBN13 9780829423501
Availability 0 units.
More About Thomas B. Costain & Peggy Noonan
Thomas B. Costain (1885-1965) turned to novel-writing in middle age after a distinguished career as a magazine and book editor in New York. His historical novels, which were marked by meticulous research and rousing action, were best sellers in the mid-twentieth century. His most popular works were "The Black Rose "(1945) and "The Silver Chalice "(1952).
Thomas B. Costain was born in 1885 and died in 1965.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Silver Chalice (Loyola Classic)?
Keep the Light Burning Jan 13, 2008
Thomas B. Costain's "The Black Rose" enthralled me during the Christmas 2006 season. I found a copy of his 1952 novel "The Silver Chalice" @ a friends of the library sale and snapped it up with glee. While it sat on my reading table almost a year until Christmas 2007, it was well worth the wait.
Costain weaves his tale, set with a backdrop of the early Christian struggle in the years immediately after the crucifixion. Paul is a major character as is the physician Luke, who of course is credited with writing one of the Biblical gospels. I found it interesting that while The Urantia Book speaks of the Apostle John living until age 101 and dying in the heart of Africa, Costain's novel finds him hiding in caves near Rome.
The fictional story is gripping. Beginning in Antioch, it follows a boy named Ambrose who is sold by his father to a wealthy merchant Ignatius who adopts him and changes his name to Basil. The story follows Basil's artistic talents and temperament until his father's death. Rather than his adoptive son inheriting Ignatius' wealth, his greedy brother Linus disputes the adoption, bribes judge & witnesses, and sells Basil into slavery. Virtually imprisoned, Basic creates lovely jewelry until Luke steps in and pays off his owner and takes Basil to Jerusalem to Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy Christian merchant. Joseph who is elderly and failing wants Basil to create a frame that has the faces of the apostles to hold the silver chalice that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. Costain weaves in romance, as Basil is attracted to Joseph's granddaughter Deborah. The plot takes off from there. In 533 pages, Basil travels to Rome and is entangled in Nero's court.
I found the tale to spark many spiritual feelings in me, the love of Jesus, the appreciation of loyalty in the face of peril and the sweet sense of brotherhood between the early Christians. Costain concludes his novel with Luke envisioning modern times and how Jesus will be as important to later generations. The story is replete with many vivid characters, the giants who defend the camel train for example. I found myself not wanting to turn the light out at night and thinking the extra time reading was worth the experience the next day. This is another charming tale from Costain. I'm so glad I discovered it! Enjoy!
Great book Nov 29, 2007
This is a great yarn and is an easy read. I read it aloud to the family and we all enjoyed it.
Very relevant book for our time also. Jul 28, 2006
This book was originally published in 1952 and was the year's best seller. The book is just as good today. Costain is a researcher that writes this novel with good background in church history. It was our book club book of this month.
On My List of Top 5 Books! Jun 14, 2005
I am a prolific reader and The Silver Chalice is one of my all time favorite books. It has suspense, history, greed, romance, love, longing, spirituality - the list of in depth emotions that the main character experiences is amazing. Basil is adopted by a wealthy family at a young age and upon his adopted father's death he is sold into slavery. The story of how he meets Luke, the great physician, Joseph of Arimathea, and many other bibical characters and their influence on his life is astounding. This is a must read book that you will want to read many times.
Religious Fiction Aug 28, 2001
This book gives you an inside view of the Luke and Paul and the other apostles as they struggle to give Jesus' church life. It talks about the danger they were in and the predjudice they faced. I read it before an exam in religion to help me understand the new testament better...it worked! The story follows a young man who was illegally enslaved and then had his freedom purchased by Luke so that he could produce a silver chalice with the likeness of all of the prophets. In order to do so he has to travel around to their lectures and speeches, stay in their homes and become friends with them. It is very insightful. A nice long book, that should keep you busy for quite a few hours of reading time.