02 07 13 Tosca Lee, author of Iscariot: A Novel of Judas

Iscariot by Tosca LeeBased on extensive research into the life and times of Judas Iscariot, Tosca Lee facing left 300this 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 of ancient Israel to vivid life. A human and emotional account that will leave readers asking, “Would I have done the same?”

Ironically, the only disciple Jesus called “friend,” Judas is most well-known for his betrayal. After 2,000 years of the world equating the name Judas with an evil deed, Lee argues that perhaps now the story should be rewritten. Based on years of research, the novel Iscariot represents Lee’s intellectual and spiritual quest to interpret “the life of Judas based on the belief that we all err in ways that make sense to us. That we do not set out to commit the heinous.”

 Lee points out that historically the Greek word paradidomi, most commonly translated “betray,” may as aptly be translated “deliver”. Was Judas’ part in Jesus life a pre-planned act instead of an outright betrayal? As the gospel of John records, did the devil possess Judas literally or did he simply become the embodiment of Satan?

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