Review: ‘Iscariot’ leaves a passion mark on you

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Iscariot by Tosca Lee

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of reading “Iscariot: A Novel of Judas” by Tosca Lee. Lee is the author of  Demon: A Memoir and Havah: The Story of Eve. 

“A dog chokes by the side of the road in Capernaum…He is more worthy to live than I.”(Lee, 2013, p.1: Iscariot)

So begins Tosca Lee‘s latest work “Iscariot: A Novel of Judas. For those of us who thought we knew Judas, Tosca’s research and insight unleashed in this biblical fiction will prove we know nothing because truth be told- we all could be Judas.

Less historical and more about passion for someone or something.

What is really intriguing about Iscariot, is Judas’ voice. He is a man who went through love and loss so many times(losing his father, brother and eventually a wife) that even being a student of the Law could not help satisfy his need to know more and to find the Messiah. His tone is melancholy and full of despair and hope all at once.

When he meets Jesus, the words and gestures he uses, even his mental thought process is of one struck by love. He does not understand Jesus but the Lord’s presence overwhelms him and when he see the miracles, the signs he ponders: Is this the Messiah he has longed for? Stealing nights to be alone to speak with Jesus and wanting to watch the night stars with him forms a rapturous picture of a person needing something more powerful than himself. Someone needing answers. A person who’s soul want to experience the true passion only God can hand out. (Read more on Examiner).


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