The Lord Jesus - Robert PayneLondon, New York & Toronto: Abelard-Shuman, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, several nicks, chips and short tears. Price Clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Whenever they saw him in the streets of Capharnaum, the townspeople were struck by the beauty of his expression, his strange manner of walking, the way his hands were always in movement. His long face, the auburn hair which reached to his shoulders, the deep-set and widely spaced eyes, the small forked beard and the brilliant smile-all these they noticed and remembered, but it was always more difficult to conjure up his whole presence. There was something way-ward, and even foreign, about him… From a distance one might have thought him to be a young Persian prince who for reasons of his own had taken to wandering near the shores of Galilee…
Who was this young man Jesus, whom the Gennesareth fishermen had befriended? Could the rumors be true that he was the Messiah whose coming had been proclaimed by the hermit Johanan?
Robert Payne describes the life of Jesus from the time of the calling of his first disciples to the reunion and final parting from them after his crucifixion. In the beautiful prose of which he is master, he re-enacts the events of Jesus’ life with a wealth of convincing detail. Especially, he presents a masterly characterization of Jesus as a man ever conscious of an awesome responsibility; a man who was often afraid, at a loss to know what was expected of him; a man who searched desperately for his own fulfillment and who, through his own strength and faith in divine guidance, conquered all human failings to set mankind an example it has never forgotten.
With this triumph of characterization, with the beauty and accuracy of his descriptions of the Palestine he knows so well, with the intense feeling which he has imparted to this dramatic story, Robert Payne has reached new heights as a novelist.”