Elene, lines 547-618

The wise men of the Hebrews refuse to answer Elene’s question about the location of the cross. Elene threatens that they will be destroyed by fire if they do not relent. They hand over Judas to speak with Elene.

Elene tells him to choose between life and death, and Judas answers that a starving man, traveling in the wilderness and confronted with a loaf and a stone, will choose the loaf.

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