A Novel

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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee brilliantly adapts the life of Judas Iscariot into a dazzling work of fiction--humanizing the man whose very name is synonymous with betrayal.

The most reviled man in biblical history comes to life.

In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One--the promised Messiah and future king destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, Judas joins the disciples, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life.

But Judas' vision of a nation free from Roman rule is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention--who seems in the end to turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.

Iscariot is the story of Judas--from his tumultuous childhood and tenuous family life as a devout Jew to a man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus Christ. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus himself, an intricate account that will cause you to ask: "Would I have done the same thing as Judas?"
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Howard Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781451683769
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 08, 2018

Good read. Especially liked the humanity of both Judas and Jesus coming through. As much as we know Jesus is God and man, it is sometimes easy to discount how difficult it was for a mere man to physically and emotionally carry the weight of burden his role as God's Son demanded. And to better understand the potential situations and reasons that may have driven Judas to do what he did....the possibility that he was misguided but loved Jesus even as he betrayed him. Isn't that a picture of each one of us? Well done Tosca Lee.

Oct 04, 2017

i picked up this book almost by accident lol,very interesting read. The bible, explains very little about him (Judas)we know he kept the money purse and that he betrayed Jesus, i have always suspected that he wanted to have Jesus come out and the save nation of Israel from the roman occupation and set up his kingdom, which he did talk about. Jesus was talking about the spiritual kingdom not the earthly kingdom hence the confusion among the disciples. What struck me was that Jesus called Judas ' friend " i did look it up and yes he did. This book put a human face on Judas as well as Jesus. Over all a great read and it gives you the reader, a lot of information that if so inclined can do some more research on this topic.

Librarian_Deb Jun 12, 2017

This novelized account of the life of Judas attempts to humanize him as a typical religious zealot of the time. The details about Jewish life, custom and thought of the time bring context and a vividness to the familiar story. I read this with a group for discussion, and the participants were quite passionate about liking or disliking the way she portrayed Judas, the other disciples, Jesus and the familiar Bible stories. For those that are comfortable with an author filling in the gaps surrounding the sparse facts that we know form the Bible, this will can be an enthralling story. Getting to know Judas from his troubled childhood does mean that the reader develops some empathy for him and become as frustrated as those close to him must have been when he chose the wrong path. This book also helped me to see Jesus in the light of those who wanted to control or influence him and to see how hard it must have been for people of the time to grasp just what his mission on earth was all about. This is definitely a good book to read if your in the mood for reflecting on the complex questions surrounding the most famous betrayal of history.

Apr 08, 2016

Oh Judas....tragic story from the betrayer's perspective. Tosca Lee has a way of pulling the reader into the soul of the character. A wonderful read!

Nov 01, 2015

loved the simplicity and style - brings out many emotions and thoughts - wonderful reading

Dec 10, 2014

Awesome book about Judas and Jesus relationship. Beautifully written!

bookfanatic1979 Aug 13, 2013

Same story, radically different viewpoint. A wonderfully vivid look at the background events that led up to the crucifixion, from the eyes of the man who put it all into motion.

Jun 29, 2013

Exceptional writing. It is practically impossible for a reader to come out of this without the sense of having been challenged intellectually. Tosca Lee is a force to be reckoned with.

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