- Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
- Publisher: Signet (August 1, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451082125
- ISBN-13: 978-0451121134
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
I, Judas Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1978
The Secret Healer
In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited. But spirited young Madlen can't resist her gift for healing, even if it puts her life in danger. Learn More
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Judas, apparently, was a member of this group and, simplifying Caldwell's plot, seems to have sincerely taken Jesus as the future King of Israel. This he would accomplish by political and revolutionary action. As Jesus refuses to take real action to depose the Romans, Judas gets disappointed and finally betrays the man he thought would lead them to victory, but instead kept on saying strange things, uncomprehensible for a man of action like Judas. I think no one can take away from Caldwell (a writer I don't really like) the merit of having written the story from Judas's point of view, in a reasonable and plausible plot. Just for that, it is worth reading it.
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.Read more ›
I love reading historical novels of this kind (especially with a religious or philosophical theme) that look to put a new slant on common beliefs and that get me thinking about things or relating a little better to historical or religious figures. I found this to be one of those novels.
However, although there is a lot of great information in this story and the authors have given a passionate and sympathetic insight into the life of one of Christianity's greatest "villians", it's important that readers remember this is an interpretation of events intermingled with opinion. I don't think this would be the best book for someone who is not familiar with the Greek scriptures. It would be easy to mistake a lot of the authors' conjecture for fact. Some points that are raised during the book though are very insightful and I recommend this book for all Christians, especially those faithfully submitting themselves to the teachings of their church instead of the teachings of the bible. The repeated insistence by Jesus himself that he is not God but God's son is one such point and I applaud the authors for highlighting this. That they also raise the question of Jesus' true birth date, a long held misnomer for Christians who celebrate it on Dec 25, is another good point.
Bottom line, this book would have got more stars from me if it wasn't such a slow, dull read for three-quarters of the novel. It did pick up speed towards the end though and so it's worth struggling through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this historical fiction novel, but found myself shaking my head more often than desired. The authors present Judas in a different light than his historical persona which... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rick C
Many of Caldwell's books were written from past life memories. Would just like to state that according to "THE SLEEPING PROPHET" Edgar Cayce, the betrayal was planned... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donna
I have always been fascinated with Judas and it was great to learn that the book existed. I really enjoyed itPublished 11 months ago by Janet Dolce
This is an amazing story and I was so glad to recieve this book in good shape, well packaged and delivered very quickly, well before the end of the delivery dates. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tina E. Detweiler
Everything was as expected! Used book was in excellent shape!Published 19 months ago by KAT CLEMMMONS