Tosca has done it again! This book was so amazing in more ways that I can think to share. It touched on emotions within myself that brought me to tears and had me yet again praising God for his devotion to us. The way Tosca shows Jesus and portrays the times is not only accurate but relational on so many levels - she has a way of making things really real yet at the same time she does a phenomenal job in the fictional aspect of the story. Two thumbs up!
Fisrt, I really enjoyed the part where we can see Jesus more in a "day to day" fashion. Seeing Jesus break all conventions and just not teaching the truth but actually BEING the truth and the heart of God in action. It was simply amazing and so refreshing to me.
Secondly though, there are several discrepancies such as saying that Judas entered the court with Peter when it is known to be John who entered with Peter, such as Jesus weeping when he was with Martha when he weeped when he was with Mary instead (when Lazarus died), etc... These are no big deals but I don't see the point of changing these facts.
But the big issue with me is depicting Judas as a good guy and a deep lover of Jesus who just wanted to save him from death but "simply" made a mistake doesn't make any sens at all.
1) Judas was a thief and was greedy. The events around John 12:6 make it clear. He wasn't just using money for legitimate purposes.
2) Satan entered Judas in the upper room. The main open door for evils spirits are sins. Satan couldn't have entered him if he was only a good motivated guy trying to save jesus' life.
3) Jesus said that the one who delivered him to Pilate made a greater sin than Pilate himself. Jesus wouldn't have said that if Judas was pure in heart and in his motive but just misleaded.
When Jesus said he was about to be betrayed, he meant it. He said what he meant and it meant what he said. He didn't mean that someone is about to make a major mistake motivated by love for him. Judas BETRAYED Jesus. It didn't just look as a betrayal, it WAS a betrayal.
Anyway, great book worth to read but the Judas depicted here doesn't fit the Judas of the Bible in my opinion.
As a big fan of Tosca Lee, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I did wonder what I would find, yet knowing that Lee does extensive research for all her biblical fiction gave a trust factor that allowed me to walk into this book with an open mind and heart.
It is intriguing to think that there could be more to the story of history's greatest betrayer and to do so in fiction seems a safe enough place to do it. Lee did an amazing job portraying Judas' possible emotional motivations for what he did. I won't give more detail because that would reveal too much.
I wasn't always comfortable with how Jesus was portrayed but then reminded myself that this was all through Judas Iscariot's perception and point of view, which only makes even more believable. I can't even imagine the challenge this was for the author to write, but I'm not surprised that Lee tackled it and did a great job. Her talent speaks for itself.
Tosca Lee in her new book, "Iscariot" published by Howard Books gives us a A Novel of Judas.
From the back cover: The story you thought you knew.
"They will say that I betrayed Him, that I reduced His price to thirty silver shekels. That I turned against my master. They do not know me."
Judas Iscariot. History has called him many things: Thief. Liar. Traitor. Reviled throughout history and infamous for his suicide, he is the man whose very name is synonymous with betrayal.
And the only disciple that Jesus called "friend".
From the acclaimed bestselling author of Havah: The Story of Eve, "Iscariot" is a compelling portrait of Biblical history's most maligned character-from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is an extraordinary 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.
Told in first person narration "Iscariot" takes us from when Judas was six years old all the way to when he commits suicide after betraying Jesus to the Pharisees. I was fascinated with the idea that Ms. Lee had written a whole book about the betrayer of Jesus and could not even imagine what she could find to write about that would even interest us. Now I know. Ms. Lee has presented an extremely thoughtful story that shows why Jesus picked this man to be one of the original twelve disciples. Not only that he was also the treasurer for the group. He was valued and trusted not only by Jesus but by the other eleven as well. Once we put aside our revulsion on what he did then this book becomes a fascination story that gives us history that is not presented in the Bible, mostly because these events were known a the time of the writing of the Bible. Ms. Lee has given us a wonderfully engaging story.
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