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The Silver Chalice The Silver Chalice is an English language historical novel by Thomas B Costain It s the fictional story of the making of a silver chalice to hold the Holy Grail itself here conflated with the Holy Cha

  • Title: The Silver Chalice
  • Author: Thomas B. Costain
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Silver Chalice By Thomas B. Costain, The Silver Chalice is an English language historical novel by Thomas B Costain It s the fictional story of the making of a silver chalice to hold the Holy Grail itself here conflated with the Holy Chalice includes 1st century biblical historical figures Luke, Peter, Joseph of Arimathea, Simon Magus his companion Helena The story was inspired by theThe Silver Chalice is an English language historical novel by Thomas B Costain It s the fictional story of the making of a silver chalice to hold the Holy Grail itself here conflated with the Holy Chalice includes 1st century biblical historical figures Luke, Peter, Joseph of Arimathea, Simon Magus his companion Helena The story was inspired by the archeological discovery of a 1st century silver chalice in Antioch It s in effect a prequel to the Arthurian Legend, where the search for the Holy Grail plays a conspicuous part Two years after publication, Warner Bros released a feature adaptation of the book The film starred Paul Newman, in his 1st studio role, as Basil the craftsman First published in 1952, this classic recounts the story of Basil, a young silversmith, who s commissioned by the apostle Luke to fashion a holder for the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper.

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    1. This is a great HF first published in 1952 and set in the first century chronicling the rise and spread of the Christian faith In order to tell a authentic story, Costain uses real characters such as Joseph of Arimithea, Luke, Peter and other Apostles as well as Nero.Basil, the main character, is legally adopted into a wealthy family but when the father dies, his position is usurped by his uncle and he is sold into slavery Luke finds him as he is a prodigy sculptor and buys him out of slavery g [...]

    2. Basil, the son of a poor seller of pens and ink is adopted by a rich merchant in Antioch The young man is a gifted sculptor and silversmith Upon the merchant s death, his evil uncle steals his patrimony and sells him into slavery The book follows his meeting early Christians and at the behest of Joseph of Arimathea sp he fashions a silver frame for the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper Basil travels from Antioch to Ephesus then Rome to sculpt the faces of the apostles, which, in silv [...]

    3. I had never heard of this book until I went to a homeschool bookstore and saw it on the shelves The back said something about it being a classic, and that immediately caught my attention.The entire book reminded me of Ben Hur, just at a later time period It is set quite a few years after the death of Jesus on the cross, and tells the story of a young man named Basil He, just like Ben Hur, is sold as a slave and looses his house, lands, and properties One thing that Basil does have is an amazing [...]

    4. Glad I had a couple of snowy days to push hard through this book Read it as part of a challenge this particular challenge was to read a book that was on the best seller list on the year that you were born The idea is to see what the world was like that you were born into.The Silver Chalice is historical fiction about a gifted slave who was tapped to create a chalice for the cup that Christ had used at the Last Supper So much information about the times the apostles are aging men facing persecuti [...]

    5. Despite a long and valiant battle to at least reach the middle, I ve decided it is no longer worth my time to bother with this book I don t care about any of the characters I don t care what s going on I just don t care It s time to move on and tackle a entertaining story.

    6. This is my favorite of Thomas Costain s novels If you like both historical fiction and Christian fiction, you will find this story about the cup used at the Last Supper to be a gem There s lots of excitement, romance, religion, and of course, history.

    7. A lovely old book which tells the fictional story of what became of the cup used by Jesus at the last supper A young boy named Basil is sold into slavery after the death of his rich adoptive father and he is apprenticed to a silversmith Basil has a great gift for art which he is not allowed to use whilst working for the silversmith, having to churn out basic items ordered by customers, but as he learns the trade and how to handle silver his gift becomes known In a round about way Joseph of Arima [...]

    8. Came across this book in a family library, and what a delightful and timely read Right before the holidays I really enjoyed reading about the Apostles of Christ, especially how Luke was depicted, and the way the time period was so brought to life Makes it so much easier to understand, visualize and remember.Especially, I was struck by how Christian philosophies differed from those around them, as we get to read of Basil s conversion How her realizes that turning the other cheek for a second blow [...]

    9. The Silver Chalice is a fictional, but historical novel written around the making of the Silver Chalice, which some people interchange with the Holy Grail This novel includes some biblical characters such as the apostle Peter, Luke, etc but also historical characters, and the time period is shortly after the death of Jesus.The story depicts a young man, Basil, who at one time was wealthy, but is sold into slavery by an evil uncle who robs him of his freedom, wealth and all hope for the future Ba [...]

    10. This was a great book I read from my Grandmother s library as a kid The book is about life in the times contemporaneous with the life of Jesus Christ, from the point of view of those around him, particularly Joseph of Arimathea, a rich elder of the era, who donated his own stone hewn tomb for Jesus burial after crucified execution, that death from which Jesus arose three days hence I enjoyed this book tremendously, and recommend it highly In fact, this author has other titles I never got around [...]

    11. This is a wonderful book, which I freely recommend to friends and family It is interesting in its fictionalization of the post Resurrection depiction of Christ s apostles and followers Of course, we may all use our imaginations to flesh out these men and women from scriptural reading, but it is fun to read Costain s take on these people The plot is shifty enough to keep us caring about the main characters and their strivings to better both their temporal and spiritual selves If you like The Robe [...]

    12. This was a great book that taught me about everyday life during the time of the apostles Even though it was largely through fiction, I learned about the difficulties of transitioning from pre Christ followers Jews to the new law of Christianity It also brought a desire in me to be artistically creative, even though my fruits were poor, the spirit of it was great The love story was good as well

    13. This was a wonderful book It was written 50 years before the DaVinci Code and was also about the beginnings of Christianity Also like the DaVinci Code it was on the best seller list for multiple years I read both books in the same summer and it is interesting to see the changing standards of popularity in the world I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

    14. I ve read this book over and over again and just recently found it in a still unpacked pile of books and read it immediately I love historical fiction and fiction about the early Church is pretty cool.

    15. Wow Reading this book was a great experience Its story line, the characters, everything makes you so indulged in them that you forget about your outside world The narration is quite excellent A must Read One

    16. Me and my sweetie stumbled across this author while exploring a used book sale His stuff is out of print now but what yummy reading I love this kind of literature You get lost in the richness of the words, descriptions, etc.

    17. I read this once when I was about 10, one of the particularly Catholic books my stepmother apparently didn t catch when our family moved in with hers or she would ve thrown it out I thought of it then being a sort of Christian ethic, a C.S Lewis historical fiction, or a proselytizing Edgar Rice Burroughs about the Holy Grail in early Christendom.It s still those things, though time hasn t been kind to it Costain s high and mighty old school language sounds like a gimmick It does create a tone a [...]

    18. I love historical novels and this one takes place during the reign of Nero when Rome ruled much of the civilized world It begins in Antioch, moves to Jerusalem, then to Rome and back to Antioch Several of the apostles are still alive and preaching and it was very dangerous to be a Christian Both the Jews and the Romans reviled them The story centers around the cup that Jesus drank from during the last supper and the boy who grows up to make the chalice that surrounds it While no one knows where [...]

    19. I want to rate this book higher because it is so well researched, and brings part of the new testament to life But I had an immensely hard time getting through it It s not a tough read at all although standing at 840 pages , the writing is simple and the story straight forward enough But the way the writing is done very descriptive leaves no room for imagination and interpretation and I was, frankly, bored If I weren t compulsive about finishing books I start I would have dropped it half way thr [...]

    20. An historical novel set in the early years of Christianity in the Apostolic era, this is the story of Basil of Antioch, an artisan bought out of slavery to fashion a chalice which incorporates the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper, which Joseph of Arimathea had preserved Read this back in my Junior High High School years and don t remember much of the plot, but do remember really liking it at the time.

    21. Everyone who knows religion is curious about the Holy Grail This story uses Biblical ideas along with fiction to examine the making of a silver chalice I found the story interesting and thought provoking.

    22. Basil, a slave in first century Antioch, follows a path from poverty to artisan with many steps in between in Thomas B Costain s novel, The Silver Chalice Along the way we see the nascence of Christianity as readers meet Luke, Joseph of Arimathea, Peter, Paul, and many fictional characters who are following this new faith based on the life, teachings, and death resurrection this rabbi now called the Christ The narrative of this novel turns on an art commission by the early church leaders They wa [...]

    23. Basil is the artistically gifted hero in the book The Silver Chalice, by Thomas B Costain, who starts out as the adopted son of a pagan rich man When his wicked step uncle comes and takes Basil s entire heritage upon his adopted father s death, Basil is unsure of what to do It is a story of the beginnings of the Christian Faith, and how one man, on his quest to change a plain chalice into something extraordinary, slowly finds faith in the one true God.The story takes place in the early years of [...]

    24. I want to give this book 5 stars for the story but only 3 stars because of several theological disagreements I have with the text I m settling for 4 stars.Overall, it is a wonderful story set in the early first century after Christ s death The simple plot line is this Joseph of Arimathea has hidden away the cup Jesus used during the Last Supper His dying wish is that someone create a silver casing for it so that it can be preserved always Enter Basil.Basil is a talented Greek sculptor He is aske [...]

    25. If you are interested in the historical story of early Christianity and its relationship to the Jewish religion Zealots and to the Romans Nero , that is not too heavy in doctrinal myths, you ll like this It s a classic, really, and in a fictional historical narrative charts the actions of early converts along with an historical view of Luke, Peter, Joseph of Arimathea, Simon Magus, and the hypothetical story of a silver chalice built to preserve the cup presumably used by Christ at the Last Supp [...]

    26. This is an historical novel set in Israel and parts of the Roman Empire shortly after the death of Jesus Basil is a young boy who has been adopted by a wealthy man, but when Basil s father dies, he loses his fortune His Uncle claims he was bought as a slave and therefore sells him Basil survives by working as a craftsman and silversmith When Basil becomes a free man and a Christian, he is asked by Joseph of Arimathea to create a silver covering to hold the simple cup Christ used to drink his win [...]

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