First Edition. Browne's apocryphal novel of the peasant girl, Maryah of Magdala, who escapes a brothel to follow the Nazarene to Jersualem. Jacket illustration from a wood engraving by Artzybasheff. Browne was a Rabbi with the convictions of a radical socialist who left his Cincinnati congregation in the early 1920's to move to New York's Greenwich Village where he wrote for The Nation, and New Republic. He made an association with Sinclair Lewis who encouraged him to write novels, and in doing so discovered a passion for writing historical fiction based on the history of the Jewish people. Near Fine in Very Good-Near Fine jacket with some short closed tears along top edge.