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The Robe is an historical novel about the Crucifixion by Lloyd C. Douglas. One of the best-selling titles of the '40s, it entered the NY Times Best Seller list in 10/42 & a month later rose to #1, holding the position nearly a year. It remained on the list another two years, returning other times over the next several years including when the film was released in '53. ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 1st 1954 by Peter Davies (first published October 1942)
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Katrina I am a Christian, so I can't say for sure. But I didn't find it preachy. It shows the process of the character coming to faith, but it felt authentic,…moreI am a Christian, so I can't say for sure. But I didn't find it preachy. It shows the process of the character coming to faith, but it felt authentic, not insta-conversion, and it didn't feel like it was trying to convert me. (less)

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Emily
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone in need of something
Recommended to Emily by: Jenny Baker
Life-altering.

For the first time, I feel like I have an inkling of what Christ's life was like, with whom he socialized, what he ate, saw, did, and where/and whom he taught. The relationships and accounts of Christ's sermons from fictional eye-witnesses were mesmerizng.

All of the accounts are what we've read about in the New Testament all our lives, but the fictional stories of how those teachings changed the lives of humble people in forsaken villages in a forsaken countryside made me understa
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Nicole
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My interest to read this novel was sparked by watching the movie. The novel is so much better than the movie, no big surprise there! :-) Yet, I was surprised to see just how many characters and details had been eliminated in the movie version to make the plot fit into a 2-hour presentation. Douglas's novel is marvelous! The movie does not do such an emotionally-charged book justice! The main characters, Marcellus, Diana, and Demetrius, are not as valiantly noble as Douglas's words create them ou ...more
Grace Crandall
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, there are some moments in the story with real pathos and heart--but on the other, the narrative is a bit rambling, and seems to cut off suddenly rather than end.

Set in first-century Rome and Judea, the story follows Marcellus (a noble but somewhat arrogant Roman) and Demetrius (his equally noble but thankfully less arrogant slave), as Marcellus falls into political disfavor and is sent away to command a slovenly penal garrison in Judea--wh
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Kerrie
Upfront disclosure: I am not a Christian, and am not convinced in the divinity of Christ blah blah blah. In fact, I'm a fairly established atheist, but solid evidence would change my mind and I would acknowledge the truth of Christianity, but I wouldn't practice it because that's a whole other essay. But I can still appreciate historical fiction set in this time and with this subject matter. For instance, The Ten Commandments (both DeMille versions, silent and sound) have got to be the funnest m ...more
Rebecca L. Snowe
Never have I read a book more deep, more powerful, more beautiful or more moving than the Robe (Besides the bible of course;)).

Reading this powerful piece of literature moved me in ways that no other book but the Bible has ever moved me.

I read my Bible, God's Word, every day (Most of the time), sometimes it seems like I really can't relate to the people and stories that I read in it and I feel distant from them.

After reading the Robe and following along with such great men as Peter and Stephano
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Jocelyn Jazmen
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I have to say I'm not particularly religious. I read this book on the recommendation of a fellow Goodreads friend.

It is a story of one man's quest to find truth in a corrupted world and his transformation from a skeptic to a believer, so in a sense it is a psychological and emotional character study of the protagonist Marcellus, a Roman officer. The catalyst for all this is his possession of Christ's robe that was won by drawing lots.

I was really in the mood for a book that would t
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Summer
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the repeated discussions I have had and probably will continue to have with my dad is the subject of this book; would we believe in Jesus if we were alive when he was? This book covers all the bases of that question and then some.

This book, written in the 1940s, shows the experience of a Roman Tribune given a post in the middle of nowhere Palestine and thrown into the world of "the New Testament" without knowledge, care or concern for the world and life of the Jews. He witnessed the cruc
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Trace
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 star rating!

A riveting historical fiction that answers the question what might have happened to Jesus' robe after His crucifixion, when the soldiers cast lots for it. Lloyd C. Douglas is a master storyteller!
Karen
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my book club, we decided to read this novel that was suggested by one of our members. I had a vague recollection of an old movie I'd seen when I was growing up, but didn't know "The Robe" was based on an actual book. I will admit, I wasn't too thrilled about the idea of reading it. (This is why belonging to a book club is so great...it makes you stretch & get out of your rut of always reading the same type of books)

The story is about the Robe of Christ and a young Roman named Marcellus G
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Julie Davis
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical fiction follows the story of the Roman soldier who won Jesus' robe at the foot of the cross. With devastating and life-changing results, as one might expect.

I have read this several times but not for at least a decade, although I own a copy. In my current crusade to "reread what's on your shelf to see if it deserves the space," I picked it up thinking I would likely discard it after a few chapters.

I was pleased to discover that it has captured my interest and imagination. It is
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Rhedyn
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOOOO!!!!
All I wanted was a nice, happy read! I just finished Les Miserables, in which all the characters die, and a book on Gandhi, which did a really good job of making you like him and than detailed his assassination. AND NOW ANOTHER ONE!!!!
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Why do I have to become so emotionally involved with words???

This is not my real review, just a ra
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Emily Beeson
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

Book Review by Emily



Here's what I want to ask this book...Where have you been all my life? I wonder how I never read this classic until now. It's amazing.



Marcellus Gallio, a Roman Tribune, is ordered to crucify Jesus. Although he believes Jesus is innocent of any crime, he follows orders. During the crucifixion, he takes the Robe that Jesus wore.



That dark day nearly kills Marcellus. He is overwhelmed with guilt and curiosity. Marcellus travels to Galillee to learn mor
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Mary JL
May 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian fiction or historical fiction
Recommended to Mary JL by: No one--first book I every purchased--75 cents, btw
Shelves: fiction-classics
This is my "oldest" book. NOt by publishing date--but the first book I ever purchased for myself--at age 14 and I still have it.

The story is based on Marcellus Gallo, a wealthy young Roman tribune wh oversees Christ's crucifixion. It traces how the crucifixion affects him and his family--first Marcellus is appalled; acting crazy; resentful and so on. Then he starts touring Galilee to find ou the background of Jeses. At the end, he does join the new Christian religion--as many Romans did.

The stor
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happy
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much, much better than the movie, and I liked the movie
Christy
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christy by: Sharon T.
What a powerful story! This is a new take on the crucifixion of Christ and its aftermath. I never thought about the Roman soldiers who crucified Him. Although this is pure fiction, it seems terribly real. The story meanders quite a bit, and the writing is mediocre, but the subject makes up for all that. The book was copyrighted in 1942, and my copy was from the 44th printing, just three years later! That’s how popular it was in its time. The inside front cover of my copy has the nameplate of Ash ...more
Leona
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this book many years ago after having seen the movie. I could not put it down. It is an incredible read and journey. I highly recommend reading it, especially this Christmas season. You won't regret it.
Justin
An amazing story. Highly recommended.
David Lemons
My mother and I read this book sitting on a quilt pallet out in the heat with a pitcher of iced lemonade in the summer in Brookshire, Texas. She would drive us out to wherever my father was drilling an oilwell to bring him a large picnic basket of fried chicken, potato salad, cornbread, fruit, and several vegetable dishes. She would also include two custard pies--one chocolate laden with butter and coconut with cinammon on top. She and I would wait for him to come to wherever we were staying for ...more
Kelly
"Our life is like a land journey, too even and easy and dull over long distances across the plains, too hard and painful up the steep grades; but, on the summits of the mountain, you have a magnificent view--and feel exalted--and your eyes are full of happy tears--and you want to sing--and wish you had wings! And then--you can't stay there, but must continue your journey--you begin climbing down the other side, so busy with your footholds that your summit experience is forgotten."
— Lloyd C. Dou
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Amy
3.5 stars
The Robe was a powerful, thought-provoking read, particularly for fiction. The plot follows Marcellus, a Roman legate/centurion, who crucifies Jesus Christ and later wins his robe. Interaction with the robe causes Marcellus to go mad and eventually seek more information about mysterious Galilean. He is joined by Demetrius, his devoted Greek slave. The book interacts with many familiar faces from Acts and takes creative license in picturing the conversations, personalities, and primary s
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Misfit
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, the book is SO MUCH better than the Movie. What a great find, I remember loving the movie when I was a young girl. This was a wonderful way to tell the story of Jesus, after the crucifiction and through the eyes of the people he had lived with and taught and healed, and a good reminder of what the Christian religion is truly about.

Marcellus and Demetrius were wonderful heros, I adored Diana, hated the evil Roman Emporers and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into the life and times
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Joe Peters
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: religion, adventure
This is the 1st book I've ever read by Lloyd C. Douglas, and, WOW! This is one of the best books I've ever read! It's one of those that you never want to put down, and once you get to the end you are sad because it's over. Absolutely, wonderfully engaging characters, and the time setting is very interesting (around the crucifixion of Christ and a couple years afterward). I never thought about the first years of Christianity and how it grew into a religion after Jesus died.

A side effect was that
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Autumn Slaght
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone over age 12
Wow.
I have a lot of favorite novels. But this one? This one tops every single one of them! Lloyd Douglass wrote with such an intriguing writing style that it drew me in from the first chapter. I was disappointed in the old movie, to be honest, that was based off of this book. The book was breathtaking.
I loved the main character and fell in love with the secondary, Demetrius. Literally. I cried when I realized I'd never see him again when I finished the book. His loyalty and integrity was just..
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Carolyn
I read this to present to my book club next month. I realize that this style of writing is a little old fashioned because it is not the shorthand version written now, so it may take others a little time to get used to. And yet, it's hard to put it down.

I found the cultural context most interesting. As I became immersed in the culture, I could feel how and why the teachings of Christ were strange to the Romans and the Jews. I saw how Christ's teachings became a danger to the Jew's economy and com
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Kirstin
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, movies
I can see why other like this book but it just was just not my cup of tea. The first one hundred or so pages were painful. The delivery of the needed background information was clumsy (and boring) and I found the actual story a little corny at first. The middle was a simple recitation of the New Testament stories. The little bit of fictionalization of the stories did help and he had some interesting thoughts on how the miracles of feeding the 5,000 and water to wine may have occurred. Perhaps if ...more
Tara
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book a day before book club and am so sad I didn't start it sooner so I could be a part of the discussion. I loved this book! I enjoyed reading this over Easter weekend as I had the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ particularly in my thoughts. One of the most fascinating things for me was how the people of that time period became so much more real to me than ever before. I could imagine how they interacted with the Savior and how they were improved by their association w ...more
JoAnne Pulcino
GOLDEN OLDIE CLASSIC

THE ROBE

Lloyd C. Douglas

Mr. Douglas was an American minister and author who wrote his first book at age fifty, after a very successful career as a minister. He is respected and remembered for his exquisite novels centering on religious themes and gorgeous depictions of the time, the place and the enchantment of the beginning of Christianity.

THE ROBE is the story of a Roman soldier, Marcellus who wins Christ's robe in a gamble. The impact of the robe sets him on a quest to fin
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Teri
It is fitting I finished reading on Easter Sunday. It was a great book to read the week of Easter. Very good story and characters. A Roman soldier, Marcellus, takes part in the crucifixion of Jesus, and is so upset by it that he eventually begins a search to find out all he can about Jesus. I liked that Douglas gives a wonderful back story to Marcellus. We learn of his loving parents and his sister, and his loyal slave, Demetrius. Demetrius is a great man. This is a character rich book, with man ...more
Kristin
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't quite know how to describe this book, you just have to read it. Well-written and quite fascinating, a bit wordy and definitely falls off a bit before really picking up in the last quarter.. Overall, this novel gave me much to ponder in regards to early Christianity and what it truly means to be a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. The story was very good and compelling even independent of the Christian themes. I learned so much history and especially a lot about the political climate ...more
Jodi
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, it was refreshing to read something clean and inspiring after some of the garbage I've been exposed to lately. Secondly, there were times when this book dragged, times when it seemed silly, and times when it made me mad, but on the whole I enjoyed it. More importantly though, I felt a greater desire to come to know Christ for myself and to shed the worldliness that continues to creep into my life. To live more for Him and His children and less for myself. And for that, the book def ...more
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was a noteworthy American minister and author. He spent part of his boyhood in Monroeville, Indiana, Wilmot, Indiana and Florence, Kentucky, where his father, Alexander Jackson Douglas, was pastor of the Hopeful Lutheran Church. He died in Los Angeles, California.
Douglas was one of the most popular American authors of his time, although he didn't write his first novel until he was 50.
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“Our life is like a land journey, too even and easy and dull over long distances across the plains, too hard and painful up the steep grades; but, on the summits of the mountain, you have a magnificent view--and feel exalted--and your eyes are full of happy tears--and you want to sing--and wish you had wings! And then--you can't stay there, but must continue your journey--you begin climbing down the other side, so busy with your footholds that your summit experience is forgotten.” 38 likes
“This faith, is not like a deed to a house in which one may live with full rights of possession. It is more like a kit of tools with which a man may build himself a house. The tools will be worth just what he does with them. When he lays them down, they will have no value until he takes them up again.” 16 likes
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