by: Mark Worthing

Pages: 170
Publisher:Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions:129 x 198mm
ISBN: 9780648376576

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Judas Iscariot is the most infamous and most perplexing character in religious history. He accepts the offer to follow Jesus, hoping he might be the long-awaited Messiah who will liberate his people from Roman rule. But in the end, his actions seal both their fates. What led Judas to betray his friend and teacher, then fall into complete despair? If Judas’ father was Simon the Pharisee of Bethany, then Judas was likely the cousin of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. A very different picture suddenly emerges of the events in the last weeks of the life of Judas Iscariot.  It is a story as tragic as it is compelling.

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Mark Worthing is an Adelaide-based, award-winning author. His most recent books include Graeme Clark. The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear (Allen&Unwin, 2015); George MacDonald’s Phantastes, (Stone Table Books, 2016); What the Dog Saw (Morning Star, 2017); Martin Luther. A Wild Boar in the Lord’s Vineyard (Morning Star, 2017); and The Winter Fae. A Fantasy Novella (Stone Table Books, 2018).

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4 reviews for Iscariot

  1. Valerie Volk, author of Bystanders, and Passion Play: The Oberammergau Tales

    Mark Worthing’s Iscariot delivers an intriguing new perspective on a character whom we all think we know well, but find we don’t really know at all. This book does exactly what every good book is meant to do – it makes us think!

  2. James Cooper, Head of creative writing, Tabor College, Adelaide

    It takes an imaginative leap to begin to understand the events leading up to, during and after that night in the Upper Room. Worthing makes such a leap with artistic skill and theological sensitivity, bringing to life characters and events that cry out for rediscovery.

  3. Amanda McKenna, Co-editor of Catholica

    It never did sit right with me that God would have created Judas only to use him and discard him, consigning him to eternal damnation. This is the first thing I’ve read that casts a different light on Judas that is, in my opinion, not only completely plausible, but long overdue.

  4. Colin Pearce, author of I Used to be Dead, The Crocodile and the Monkey and other books

    This book’s a stunner. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. Very authentic. No cringes. The homes, the relationships, the towns, the temple, the fishing, the jobs … everything.

    I’ve also written a biblical historical fiction (I Used to be Dead: Tahlia’s story) and I recognise the intense effort Mark has put into producing such a credible rendition of Judas’ journey.

    Biblical writers and speakers fiddle around with Jesus in this genre, making his beliefs, thoughts and words their own and interpreting him as they would a figure of pure fiction, so when Mark told me he’d written about Judas, I was fascinated because Judas’ story is also Jesus’ story.

    I didn’t expect Mark would fiddle around and he didn’t. At every place where I felt he could have stumbled into the mire of fantasy, sentimentalism and superficiality he didn’t forget his reformed theology and Biblical roots.

    Everything he has Jesus (Yeshua) say and do matches orthodoxy. Even when he portrays Jesus laughing, smiling or even cracking a joke he remains elegant and reverent. He even has Jesus being blokey about the young donkey and the feet washing episodes, so close to his own final hours.

    Everything he fictionalises about Judas is also safe and credible. Mark worked hard to make Judas’ family relationships measure up. He’s made him the classmate we grew up with. Judas has been de-mystified. He is, uncomfortably, more like the everyday reader and less like a sinister misanthrope.

    The book is so convincing I had to remind myself quite a few times that I wasn’t reading a fifth Gospel.

    But the real test is: Did feel I could sit around the supper table with Judas and Jesus? Did I feel as though I’d be included in their laughter? Did I wish I had been on the walking trails, in the crowds, sitting by the fires, prattling on with the Maker of Heaven and earth? Yes. Mark took me there. But he didn’t dilly dally. I knew that sooner or later Judas, the enthusiastic believer, would become Judas the ignominious betrayer. But Mark kept me guessing about what the turning point would be.

    More importantly, did what troubled Judas about Yeshua make me feel as though I might have been dumb enough to betray Jesus too? Yes. That was what disturbed me.

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