My Name Was Judas by C. K. Stead

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The story of Jesus as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is well known, but what about the version according to Judas? His name became synonymous with betrayer, but is that how he saw it himself? In this witty, original, and teasingly controversial novel, Judas finally tells the story as he remembers it. Looking back on his childhood and youth from an old age the gospel writers denied him, Judas recalls his friendship with Jesus, their schooling together, their families, the people who would go on to be disciples and followers, their journeys together, and their dealings with the powers of Rome and the Temple. His is a story of friendship and rivalry, of a time of uncertainty and enquiry, and a testing of belief, endurance, and loyalty. With a richly painted backdrop of ancient Palestine, this is riveting new take on the infamous story.

 

About C. K. Stead

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C.K. Stead was Professor of English at the University of Auckland for 20 years until 1986. He is known among students of literature as the author of The New Poetic, a study of Yeats, Eliot and the Georgian poets. He has written eight novels and has published ten volumes of poetry and two volumes of short stories. He is the only author to have won the New Zealand Book Award for both poetry and fiction, winning twice for his novels All Visitors Ashore and The Singing Whakapapa. In 1984 he was awarded the C.B.E for services to New Zealand literature and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His latest novel, Talking about O'Dwyer, will be published by Harvill in 2000.
 
Published February 15, 2011 by Vintage Digital. 258 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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