Iscariot

Iscariot

Large Print - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Believing he has found the Messiah, Judas enthusiastically becomes one of Jesus' disciples, but he is forced to confront difficult truths when Jesus refuses to cave to social conventions and act on Judas's vision of making the nation free from Roman rule.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781410456915
1410456919
Branch Call Number: L FICTION LEE
Characteristics: 453 p

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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.

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mimiswb1
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!

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Sofie123
Nov 01, 2015

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

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hildesanders
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.

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GC07
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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