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Judas, the myth, history's arch betrayer who sold his Lord for thirty pieces of silver and stands for all time as a figure to be rejected and reviled; Judas, the man, son of wealth and power, a young rebel, a disciple who fought to suppress the lusts of his flesh and hot-blooded pride to follow Jesus, and who became the victim of a monstrously diabilical lie when he commitJudas, the myth, history's arch betrayer who sold his Lord for thirty pieces of silver and stands for all time as a figure to be rejected and reviled; Judas, the man, son of wealth and power, a young rebel, a disciple who fought to suppress the lusts of his flesh and hot-blooded pride to follow Jesus, and who became the victim of a monstrously diabilical lie when he committed the act that damned him in the eyes of the world; now the man and not the myth comes alive in the most startling and spellbinding retelling of the greatest story ever told: the ultimate triumph of the novelist who has thrilled countless millions with her magic....

Title : I, Judas
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ISBN : 9780451082121
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Number of Pages : 337 Pages
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I, Judas Reviews

  • Kathy Jackson
    2019-04-27 22:23

    I don’t know about most people but I was raised to believe Judas was a bad man. The only thing that he did that stands out in history is betray Jesus – at least to me – and I always assumed he did it for the thirty pieces of silver. Judas became the epitome of betrayal – look up the word in the dictionary and his picture is probably there.Judas, a man who was part of the inner 12, those closest to Jesus throughout his adult life. Judas, evil and deceitful Judas.But Caldwell changes my opinion of Judas – even if it is a work of fiction. In her book, Judas is consumed with the idea that Jesus will announce His kingdom on Earth and changes things for the better. He believes Jesus is Lord and expected him to come in all His glory with a host of angels at his side.That didn’t happen. What Judas failed to understand was that Jesus had to come as a humble servant to take the place of mankind on the cross. What Jesus did for us and the way he did it, is far beyond what coming with legions of angels would have done. Jesus was our perfect sacrifice.Poor, misguided, misunderstanding Judas. He thought he could force the Lord into revealing His kingdom here on Earth – put a little pressure on and manipulate a few things and ta da, Jesus would reign supreme on Earth as Judas thought he should.The book is rich with details of the era and while it is a work of fiction, one can see Judas from a different light. Great read, a little long winded in spots but it makes one of the most significant yet terribly ignored disciples come to life. I give the book an A.

  • Chris
    2019-04-23 02:21

    This is historical fiction during the last days of Christ...from Judas' viewpoint. Really makes you remember there are two or more any event. I also liked that Caldwell did a lot of research about locations, events and how people lived at that time.

  • Hugh Centerville
    2019-04-24 23:06

    I, Judas, a shocking (for its time) book about the ultimate betrayer. This review is from: I, Judas, Mass Market Paperback Edition I don’t suppose it’d be much of a spoiler, to tell you how this story comes out. Jesus Christ is crucified and is buried and on the third day he rises again from the dead. Sorry if I spoiled it for you but if you didn’t already know how it went for Jesus, you maybe shouldn’t read this book.If you like exposition as dialogue, you’ll love the first forty or so pages of I, Judas. Palestine, in Judas’s time, was a very complicated place with Jews and Greeks and Romans and with a myriad of factions. There’s a lot to be “dumped” on the reader. The confusing maelstrom needs to be understood before the story gets going, so let’s just get it all out at the start, even if it means having three of the most erudite Jews of the time adorning everything they say with superfluous information already known by even the most ignorant peasant.I, Judas was originally published in the mid-seventies and back then, exposition in dialogue, especially in historical novels, was considered acceptable. Today it’s a hoot but with Gamaliel and Annas and Caiaphas, it’s compelling, even as stilted dialogue, to watch the interplay of these bright, political minds. These are cunning men, each capably representing his own faction and what they’re saying is necessary stuff so don’t worry about the information dump. Just take it all in, because once it’s all on the table, the story can get going.Except it doesn’t, not so well.The biggest disappointment for me was Jesus’s miracles. There was no awe. I suppose it must be a very difficult thing, to describe the effect of the miracles on the folks who witnessed them. But when Jesus turns the water into wine or the few loaves and fishes into multiple loaves and fishes, the folks who witness it don't seem overwhelmed with wonder and joy. Pedestrian miracles. It was especially glaring with raising Lazarus up from the dead. You want to see how to bring Lazarus back, read Kazantzakis’s account or watch how Scorsese does it, shades of Jaws! Either will send chills up and down your spine.That said, this is an interesting book. There’s not a lot of action, it’s mostly talking and thinking. It’s seeing a turning point in history from the point of view of the ultimate bad guys. Except they’re not entirely bad and each in his own way is sort of sympathetic. That was blasphemous in the mid-1970s and is still controversial today, especially with the publication and explication of the Gospel of Judas.Judas has always had a bad press. Dante put him in the lowest ring of Hell, a traitorous lout who got what he deserved ─ hanged, or did he fall down and have his guts spill out? But wait a minute, the authors are saying. If Jesus’s mission, to die on the cross for all men (and women) was foreordained, if it was prophesied and if Judas facilitated it, which he did, willingly or unwillingly, then don’t we owe Judas? Didn’t he help redeem us?I won’t get into Judas’s motives, that would be a spoiler, but I will say this much: He is, in this work of fiction, a more complicated, although maybe no less devious fellow than how he’s been portrayed elsewhere and he certainly didn’t do it just for those thirty pieces of silver.Judas is a Pharisee, an educated rich man who harbors a certain amount of disdain for the rest of the Apostles, rubes, in Judas’s estimation, and they’re distrustful of Judas, not because they know he will betray the Master but because, well, he’s different from them. Jesus has a respect for Judas, seeing him as less provincial than the others. Jesus seems to know what Judas is intending. It's as if Jesus knows Judas’s mind better than Judas knows it himself.And what about those high priests, the men who orchestrate Jesus’s death? Think there's no more to them than there is to Judas? Unmitigated, unadulterated evil? Think again, the authors say.How those priests see it, the Romans don't have any patience for messiahs and so neither do the Jewish leaders. The leaders abet the Romans even as they manipulate them. The high priests are historical villains, with what they do to Jesus, but look at what the priests are faced with:What messiahs did, and there was no shortage of them at that time and place, is stir up the people, get them into trouble with the Romans. The priests are realists. There’s no fighting Rome. Once the Romans conquer a place, it stays conquered. Or gets obliterated, losers’ choice. While zealots like Judas and Barabbas are looking for a militant King of the Jews, the Jewish authorities are just trying to keep their people together, a not ignoble purpose and with so many messiahs around, how are the Pharisees to know Jesus is the real deal?Two thirds of the way through, the book picks up steam, beginning with the Last Supper and on through the trial and all the rest of it. We see Judas and those others trying to tilt things their own way, to manifest an outcome different from what was apparently inevitable. Judas has his own agenda and cards to play and does he play them poorly or does he just not have the right cards? Or doesn’t it matter, what Judas or any of the others do, given the inevitability of it all?The ultimate denouement, Jesus rising from the dead, is anticlimactic and not so well done, just another miracle, the greatest miracle, done in mediocre style.What the authors are really good at is villains and there’s one more bad guy who needs to be mentioned. There’s more to this man too. He's riveting in his nefariousness. I'm talking about Pontius Pilate, who, no surprise, turns out to be a more complicated man than we thought and who was married to a woman who was destined to become, in some Christian churches, a venerated saint.

  • Harel
    2019-05-12 23:13

    I'm not Christian and this book just made me feel "more pagan". Nevertheless, I do know about the bible since I was born in a Christian family. Church makes us think Judas is a bad person. However, after reading "I, Judas", I started to realize that there are things we just believe because that's what people around us tells us. It doesn't mean this book is trustworthy or not, but that the truth is scattered around the world...There's a reason I'm not Christian anymore. The truth can be found in more than a single way.

  • Paul Dinger
    2019-05-08 21:33

    This book does have some deep faults, but despite them I still found it enjoyable. It's best strength is the character fo Judas whom the more human you make him, the more ununderstandable his crime becomes. It is also interesting for it's flesh and blood Jesus who comes across as very believable but hardly the prop of fundamentailists. I found this to be an early excellent introduction to the Gospels but really shouldn't be taken in their place.

  • Becky Speraw
    2019-04-26 19:10

    Very well written and gripping. This is a thought-provoking presentation of Judas and his motivations. I don't believe it is scriptural and I don't believe that it is factual. Taylor Caldwell herself stated that often when she was writing, she was taken over by an unseen force, so don't fall for the belief that she has some deep insight into real truth. She doesn't. She's just an excellent writer and story-teller.

  • Ana
    2019-04-28 18:17

    Es el 4 o 5 libro que leo de Taylor Caldwell y a pesar de que no es uno de mis favoritos debo confesar que es bueno. Me gusta que a pesar de ser un tema de religión ella, como en todos sus libros, no se enfoca en eso si no en la vida antes de que el personaje fuera destacado o importante... Seguiré leyendo.

  • Greg
    2019-05-18 20:06

    A very interesting perspective on a story steeped in traditional thinking. We Christians often tend to vilify Judas as the ultimate villain and betrayer, and while this story does not alter the fact of his betrayal, it does offer some insight into alternate explanations for Judas's actions that are definitely food for thought. I enjoyed this exercise in historical and spiritual speculation.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-12 18:10

    Like that the book presented the politics of the time and presented Christ as a political figure. Not that he was looking to be that figure, but many of his followers were looking for the literal King of the Jews.

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-26 23:07

    This was a great book for me, a biblical neophyte. It may not be exactly what's in the Bible, but it gave me incentive to read the real thing. It was a good place to start.

  • Luis Zamarro Fraile
    2019-04-18 22:13

    5 estrellas.La prosa de Taylor Caldwell es cuativante, envolvente, adictiva, simplemente perfecta. Yo Judas no es la excepción, como una grande de la literatura la autora va desarrollando su visión del mundo hasta reivindicar a uno de lo más grandes villanos de la historia, brindando justicia y la más alta dignidad al discípulo más incomprendido del cristianismo.Todos somos Judas.

  • DW
    2019-05-06 18:31

    I wasn't sure if this book was going to be Christian or something like Jesus Christ Superstar, telling the events and skewing the interpretation. It turned out to be Christian, as far as I was concerned. The only thing I didn't agree with was Jesus mentioning astrology.There were some liberties taken with the order of events (putting Judas a few places that he wasn't, according to tradition) and I'm pretty sure Mary Magdalene was composited from three women. A lot of the dialog seemed lifted straight from the Bible (more NIV than King James, but still a little stiff). I would have preferred a more modern wording to go with the reworking of the story. I personally like the angle that Judas wanted to force Jesus to rebel against Rome. The book made the great point that Jesus will not be forced into doing what we want just because we think it's best.Particularly the beginning of the book spent too much time going over Jesus's early life, which Judas had to interview people to find out about, in very awkward language. Some editing would have helped, they didn't need to squeeze in everything in the gospels even if Judas did find it out. I wished there was more focus on the interaction between Judas and Jesus, but there was very little extrapolation from the gospel. Overall, still worth reading, even though it was longer than necessary.

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2019-04-27 18:10

    Enjoyed this.

  • Max Nightjar
    2019-05-01 01:32

    This author has dared to go beyond just fact and to look into the psyche of a man, and revolutionary to reveal the motive behind his betrayal and disloyalty to the Savior of all mankind. This is not a retelling of the biblical account of Judas' actions, because we all know that he threw the silver pieces on the ground and then hung himself. This story is about why, even with faith and seeing or witnessing great miracles, a wo/man chooses to commit one of the greatest sins in the world. The betrayal, was it his fate, was he borne along by evil forces, or did he fail to understand or comprehend what must come to pass from the scriptures and the Creator's view, when HE set these events into motion. Taylor Caldwell owned I,Judas.

  • Linda
    2019-05-18 18:10

    I went through a period of picking out authors and reading all of their books. My Caldwell period was right before I had my children and I read every night. Taylor Caldwell was very descriptive and interesting in the way she took a lot of religious figures and made them into someone that went away feeling they really existed as she had written.

  • Alejandro Ramirez
    2019-05-01 22:21

    El libro muy malo, pero las circunstancias de mi adolescencia en lo lei me marcaron bastante: tartar de conseguir dinero vendiendo tarjetas de credito por Federalismo, Tlaquepaque... finalmente aceptar dinero de mi mama (lo que me traumo por años), comrparlo en una libreria del centro.... el libro resuto ser lo de menos

  • Rae
    2019-05-01 01:15

    The story of Judas (and thus Jesus) from his a zealot who saw Christ as the actual future king of the kingdom of Israel. Judas betrayed Christ because he wouldn't lead the Jews to political victory. The story is slow and a bit dry, but the information regarding the political turmoil and factions in Jerusalem at that time are quite enlightening.

  • Kerry Quinlisk
    2019-05-07 00:05

    I'm not sure why I thought this book was worth keeping when I first read it in about 1980. It was contrived and took liberties and just was not enjoyable. I usually like Caldwell, but this one was meh.

  • Lee Anne
    2019-05-12 21:32

    An amalgamated re-telling of Scripture, some distorted or in error. Recurring suggestions of reincarnation, not a Christian concept (Hebrews 9:27). A disappointment after so enjoying "Captains & Kings." At least there was resurrection at the end!

  • Adriana Diaz
    2019-05-18 21:21

    Hasta ahora me gusta, me pierdo un poco en los detalles pero pensar en Judas dentro del plan de Dios cambia tu perspectiva completa de la vida, la historia excelentemente manejada con lujo de detalles, una seria investigacion de la epoca y la tradicion judia.

  • María
    2019-04-30 23:11

    Interesante la forma de ver las cosas que presenta desde el punto de vista de Judas. Pero difícilmente reconozco al Jesús del Evangelio en este libro. Esperaba más de la autora de "Médico de cuerpos y almas"

  • Delia
    2019-04-23 23:27

    "Si no hubieras sido tú, hubiera sido otro". Aún no cumplía 13 años cuando este libro cayó en mis manos. Lo devoré.Es muy entretenido ya que en ningún momento se siente tediosa la lectura y brinda una nueva perspectiva. Obvio es ficción pero engancha e ilustra.

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-15 20:23

    Profoundher take on Judas is spiritual

  • Aco Alvarez
    2019-05-07 01:32

    It was too much drama and very little insite into Judas

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-24 19:25

    Different. It is written from Judas Iscariot's point of view.

  • Antonio Contreras
    2019-05-17 19:08

    Buen libro que nos hace ver la vida de Judas el "traidor" desde otra perspectiva. La perspectiva de un nacionalista y humana; no la del malvado que nos enseñaron desde pequeños.

  • Marcelo Rf
    2019-05-09 00:05

    Una gran experiencia, para aprender sobre la vida del apóstol que "traicionó". Somos quién para juzgar y señalar? Ilustrativo, conmovedor y apasionante, así lo describiría.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-15 00:27


  • Partridge Public
    2019-05-06 02:07

    Caldwell, Taylor

  • Michelle Akers-dicken
    2019-05-09 22:26

    This is a story about Judas I'd never considered. A good story :-)