Tosca put skin on Judas, and made him a real person. She took him from a young boy, up to when he joined Jesus. As Judas walks the shores of Galilee with Jesus and sees each miracle he does he is in awe of this Jewish teacher, who talks in stories.
At Peter's house one night Judas goes outside and Jesus is outside. Jesus says to him "The thing you seek is not along this shore, or in the hills. But with me. Follow me."
Yes. I said it in my heart. I do not know if it made it to my lips. It defied logic. He was a laborer and one of questionable birth and I was an educated businessman. But in that moment I felt I had found a thing, a person worth the resurrection of my every hope.
In that moment you see Judas' love and devotion for Jesus.
With each miracle that was performed I had goosebumps, and tears streaming down my face. I could taste the dust from the road, and smell the salty sea air.
This is not just Judas' story this is everyone's story. At some point we all have been Judas. We've betrayed Christ. The only difference is we're on the other side of the cross.
Tosca has written a beautiful story that is my top book for 2013. It will be one that will be read again and again. And it's not just a story, it is one that can be applied to each of us every day. Are we going to live for Christ today or for ourselves.
Nobody puts skin on biblical figures and brings them to life as well as Tosca Lee. For some reason she also picks the toughest ones to portray in fiction. This novel, Iscariot, rang true to me. Her depiction of Judas Iscariot's belief system had a convincing historical basis. And unlike the stereotyped condemned man who personified betrayal, she made him human and someone who truly did love Jesus when he became one of the disciples. Even in the end, she showed his regrets and they made sense given the story up to that point. I didn't know how she'd pull off making him a sympathetic character, but she did it well!
There was a lot of symbolism in this novel including the dirt that lingered in the bowl when it came time to wash Judas's feet the night Jesus was betrayed. I loved how the author brought the scriptures to life with this book. So many things I'd read many times before brought tears to my eyes as I saw them unfold in my head. I understood their horror when he said they needed to eat his flesh and drink his blood.
The many miracles he performed brought tears to my eyes. And perhaps the best of all, seeing the prophecies fulfilled on the page and Judas's recollection of them as he pondering everything in his heart really made an impact on me. I have always loved reading about the fact that Jesus never did what people expected. This is shown very well in Iscariot. I loved this story so much it's making my favorite fiction list for 2013!
In the glimmer and promise of night thoughts are but a challenge.
Travel back to the time of Christ and experience first century anew narrarated by Judas. As a young boy Judas and his older brother Joshua struggled against the brutality and cruelty of Roman depression. What Judas experienced throughout his childhood and adult life as a disciple of Jesus shaped him into the man he ultimately became.
His regrets, dreams, longings and life as well as numerous appearances of Jesus and others are portrayed brilliantly by a most gifted storyteller. Highly entertaining, an exciting must read! I was drawn into the book from the first chapter as the story of Judas comes full circle throughout this unforgettable and impossible to put down read. Time well spent which will guarantee reflection long after the book has been devoured and put on the shelf.
A suspenseful, loving and heartbreaking read that has it all promising absolutely no dragging or dull parts. An easy to follow storyline and climatic plot, engaging uplifting and challenging dialogue, familiar very well developed characters that will read as friends, complete with descriptive picturesque scenery. I absolutely loved this book! I found it overall to be faith challenging with an inspiring message. I was highly entertained and will be recommending it to others! Extremely well written! 5 Stars would give it more if I could! Thanks to Howard Books and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.
Traitor by a kiss, thirty pieces of silver, and a noose. The story of Judas Iscariot seems well known to plenty yet we focus only on the last week of the man's life. Who was this man that was called by Jesus to be one of the twelve disciples? What drove Judas to turn on his master after three years of marvels, wandering, and teaching?
Tosca Lee's "Iscariot" brings to life the infamous disciple of Christ, the man who traded Jesus for the price of a slave: Judas. The tale begins with a Jewish boy who faced persecution, loss of loved ones, and a longing for the prophesied Messiah. Judas's past is not unlike that of many in his time as he clings to the faith of his forefathers and seeks refuge in the Law. We follow his life as he grows from the lost boy into a man grounded in his faith, an intellectual, and a growing family. Whispers begin to grow as a Galilean begins teaching in the temple. Is this man the long awaited Messiah; is he another heretic that will lead to the Jews being punished under the Roman thumb. Judas decides to follow this man called Jesus.
Lee, known for her eloquent spinning of words, has brought another historical character to life. As with her novel "Havah: the story of Eve", we visit a character that is nearly forgotten except for his specific and obvious role within the life of Christ. This is a refreshing glimpse into the ministry of Christ that does not ignore the fact that Judas was one of the twelve that Jesus gave authority to perform works in His name according to the gospels (Matthew 10).
If you have caught yourself wondering if there is more to the life of Judas Iscariot, wondering what role he played during the three year ministry of Jesus Christ, then pick up a copy of Iscariot that releases February 2013. Tosca Lee brings forth a novel of speculative fiction like no other author I've come across. Do not miss the opportunity to experience the journey of a disciple like you've never read before. Be ready to go on a literary journey that will have you pondering what you truly know about these Biblical figures we so easily gloss over. Who was Judas? And more importantly who was Jesus in Judas's eyes?
Judas--looking into the mirror of our darkest self
January 5, 2013
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.'