Book Review – Iscariot by Tosca Lee

Iscariot: A Novel of JudasIscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tosca Lee has a real knack for taking characters and situations from the Bible and taking them beyond the one-dimensional cardboard cut-out that they often become in our minds. She has outdone herself with Iscariot. Taking Judas, someone that we are quick to judge and look down on and showing us an example of what his life might have been.
We often look at the disciples of Jesus and laugh, thinking ‘how thick could they be? Didn’t they have any faith? Didn’t they get it?’ Seeing Jesus through the eyes of one of their own has changed the way I see these men. It is so criticise them with 2000 years of hindsight, but what must they have been thinking. Jesus was not the messiah that they thought they were waiting for.
Not only has this book changed the way I see the disciples, it has also challenged how I see Jesus. It leaves me wondering, if I had been there, in the day, would I have got it? Or would I have chosen the wrong side?
Spiritual insights aside, Iscariot was also a highly enjoyable page-turner. While I knew what was going to happen, I was eager to see how the characters would view all these familiar events. Tosca Lee takes us right into that time so that we can feel the dust on our feet.
Iscariot by Tosca Lee will be remembered as one of the great biblical novels.

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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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