Iscariot by Tosca Lee
Based on extensive research into the life and times of Judas Iscariot, this triumph of fiction storytelling by the author of Havah: The Story of Everevisits one of biblical history’s most maligned figures and brings the world he inhabited vividly to life.
In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One—the promised Messiah and future king of the Jews, destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, he joins the Nazarene’s followers, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life. But soon Judas’s vision of a nation free from Rome 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 even 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 to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous—and infamous—religious icons in history.
What a great book!
Tosca Lee is brilliant!
When I read biblical fiction I find myself comparing the biblical parts with the Bible. (You do that too, right?) She brought life to the stories of the Bible. I could see the scenes being played like a movie in my mind.
The story is written in first person, narrated by Judas. When reading this story you almost feel sorry for Judas. He has always been made out to be such a villian, a traitor, and then Lee humanizes him before your very eyes. Yes, I realize that it is in fact fiction but Lee writes so well that you have to step back and remind yourself that it is just that.
I appreciate all the hours Tosca Lee put into researching this time, and place. The book certainly displays all of her hard work.