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Book details
  • Genre:DRAMA
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Judas Iscariot, His Life and Times
  • Series Number:4
  • Pages:123
  • eBook ISBN:9780988191358

Judas Iscariot, His Life and Times

The Most Hated Man in All of Christendom

by BC Crothers View author's profile page

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Overview
eBOOK 4—SUSPICIONS, LIES, AND BROKEN HEARTS Siblings Judas, Maai, and Haman live busy lives, worlds apart, even though Palestine is not that large. Maai lives and heals her patients in a tiny oasis. The only time she leaves is when supplies run low. In Jerusalem, Maai buys the needed medical items and has the opportunity to spend time with the one she loves. Haman has never been busier. The Zealots have zeroed in on traders, defined as any Jewish male doing business with the Romans. Due to a crumbling economy, people who would not have ordinarily chosen to trade with the Romans find themselves doing so. But, for the Zealots, trade equals death. Judas is also very busy as work in the caravan business is nonstop. He loves the travel, the people, his finesse at cheating the Romans out of the taxes at city gates and toll roads and bridges. Then he receives an exciting invitation to help do inventory in Jerusalem with the guilds. Then comes the surprise invitation to study a couple of scrolls in the Chamber of Scribes at the Temple to help find a counting error. Chapters include the Matron Fulvia Scandal, a Disgusting 'Incident" in the Temple Complex, the Yom Kippur Temple service with sacrificing the scapegoats, and a Roman attack on Maai's healing clinic. Do not miss what happens when brother and sister, Judas and Maai, fall in love with two extraordinarily diverse people. Happy endings for them both?
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eBOOK 4— SUSPICIONS, LIES, AND BROKEN HEARTS Siblings Judas, Maai, and Haman live busy lives, worlds apart, even though Palestine is not that large. Maai lives and heals her patients in a tiny oasis. The only time she leaves is when supplies run low. In Jerusalem, Maai buys the needed medical items and has the opportunity to spend time with the one she loves. Haman has never been busier. The Zealots have zeroed in on traders, defined as any Jewish male doing business with the Romans. Due to a crumbling economy, people who would not have ordinarily chosen to trade with the Romans find themselves doing so. But, for the Zealots, trade equals death. Judas is also very busy as work in the caravan business is nonstop. He loves the travel, the people, his finesse at cheating the Romans out of the taxes at city gates and toll roads and bridges. Then he receives an exciting invitation to help do inventory in Jerusalem with the guilds. Then comes the surprise invitation to study a couple of scrolls in the Chamber of Scribes at the Temple to help find a counting error. A second big surprise occurs when Judas has the opportunity to hear John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth speak at the request of the Essene monks in the Dead Sea Qumran complex. Chapters include the Matron Fulvia Scandal, a Disgusting 'Incident" in the Temple Complex, the Yom Kippur Temple service with sacrificing the scapegoats, and a Roman attack on Maai's healing clinic. When Haman, Maai, and Judas meet at the clinic, what should be a joyous occasion of siblings having that rare opportunity to once again be in one another's company turns instead into a meeting of horrific consequences. To say anything else about the following seven chapters would take away from the dramatic surprises awaiting you. So just let me say, as your author, you do not want to miss what happens when brother and sister, Judas and Maai, fall in love with two extraordinarily diverse people. Happy endings for them both? I think not. Not in first-century Palestine. Not in the Land where Jesus walked, spreading His message of love in the turmoil of pure hatred.
About the author
MEET YOUR AUTHOR, BC CROTHERS When 21 years old, I first read the New Testament. I both loved the story and felt confused by it, for there were questions. I thrive on facts, people and place names, dates, and answers to the "why". The Gospels pay little attention to external trivia. They concentrate instead on the main topic: Jesus's teachings and how they can change our lives. They changed mine, and these messages keep me going as they renew themselves each day. But the "why" remains with me still. God, Creator of the Cosmos, is a compassionate, forgiving, loving Father of All Souls. So likewise, Jesus our Lord, is a compassionate, forgiving, loving companion who saves us from our sins through His teachings. One "please forgive me," and God not only forgives us—we receive a clean slate by our God! One "forgive me, Lord" and Jesus says, "Go, and sin no more" and "forgive others as you seek forgiveness for yourself". I believe these statements to be factual. Yet, they bring me to the Judas Iscariot "why". Why is there no statement on Judas's sorrow over his betrayal? No mention of his seeking forgiveness at the end of his life? Are we to understand that he never begged for forgiveness from the God to whom he prayed every day? Judas never cried out in prayer to Jesus, his friend who had shown him another way to live? Are we to believe that, for Judas Iscariot, there was no redemption—from the Cornerstones of our Faith who have given us the purest example of how to turn divine love into human love? These questions drive me to know more about Judas's life and times. Maybe this series will offer an answer. I hope so, for questions drove me to earn a degree of Master in Theological Studies from the Virginia Theological Seminary. I live in Florida with Jack, my husband, who endorses this driving writing career. Luckily for me, Jack also serves as the listener to ideas and finder of terms. Judas took five years of research and writing. Information from the end of BCE to the first century CE is overwhelming. Palestine's history is fascinating, complex, and often horrifying. Its history was hard to study, and I do not enjoy writing about horrible happenings. Nevertheless, I am proud of this historical novel. My prayer is that this work is pleasing in the eyes of God and to my readers. As a lover of God, family, friends, country, democracy, thinking people, and the educational process throughout life, I am intrigued by people's spiritual journeys. My primary objective is to help people find strength in faith through my writings. In this regard, a decade or so ago, I authored Art of Loving God, Church-Filling Techniques for Building Community, both books long out of print. The What Jesus Heard-Biblical Hebrew for the Bible Reader is awaiting revision, but this project is on hold until the end of this Judas series.
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