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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tosca Lee Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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 Eve revisits 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’ 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Jager | 2/6/2014

    " I never thought I would feel sorry for Judas Iscariot, but Tosca made him a human not devil. He made bad choices and yet Jesus loved him as much as he loves me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana | 2/4/2014

    " Tosca Lee's intimate and sympathetic portrayal of Judas Iscariot draws the reader deep into the world of ancient Rome, as lived by a Jewish patriot. Orphaned as a boy when his father was crucified by the Romans, Judas carries a burden of guilt--that he survived and that his last interaction with his older brother was to spit on him in a moment of childish anger. Miss Lee's emotional and richly researched novel moves quickly through Judas's life and involvement with a secret group watching for the coming of the Messiah, hoping for the overthrow of the Roman's. She explores the theme 'Would you have done the same?' If your actions have ever been colored by past guilts, fears, and your own desires, your best, most honest answer may have to be 'I hope not.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 2/1/2014

    " I realize that most of this book was the author's imagination, but I so believed it! I really look at Judas now in a whole other light, and I love that. There is 2 sides to every story, and this is a good example of that. To see him grow up, and how tortured his family was by the Romans, no wonder he wanted someone to come and take care of the Romans! I love the author's take on this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Meredith | 1/23/2014

    " Tosca shows us a new way to see what might have happened. A Judas who loves Jesus, but isn't able to translate Jesus' message into his belief system. It's easy to see myself in Judas; a great love for our Messiah; a weak nature; fear; betrayal. I'm so glad I read this and hope to add more of her books tomy ereader soon! "

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