To the everyday layman, it seems as if the Christians and the Jews have been fighting and disputing with each other for millennia; you wouldn’t be far off in that approximation. But now there is a book available that will solve all these riddles: Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews by James Carroll. Here is a read that will rip to pieces any idea or stereotypes you may have once had.
Carroll begins in the present day, in a small town in Poland where there is a dispute over an erected cross, between the Jews and the Christians. The author then takes us back, deep into the annals of the past, where it all began, guiding us ever so softly along the way. The book is very long, but then with a subject matter like this, you would rather the author be thorough and get everything that ever happened down on paper.
And just as Carroll starts you off in the present day; at the end he takes you back to the present day. You feel as if you have been on a very long journey, through the lives of so may Christian and Jews, that you are one and both of them, you feel almost euphoric that you now know the truth. And for those of you who find this book’s price a little steep, it will published in paperback next April.
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Originally published on December 3rd 2001.
Originally published in the Long Beach Union.