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The Man Behind the Myth paints a fictional picture of Judas. The story is related by Nehemiah. It is through Nehemiah, that Judas meets Yeshua. But as the teachings of Yeshua begin to threaten the beliefs of the Pharisees, Nehemiah and Judas are caught in the middle of a conflict that threatens to destroy all they have come to believe in.

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Who was Judas? The stock answer is that he was the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the Jewish hierarchy and then hanged himself out of remorse. And that is all. We know virtually nothing of Judas the man.

The Man Behind the Myth paints a fictional picture of Judas: a man of many talents, a man with a humorous side to his character, as well as being one of the most devoted disciples of Jesus of Nazareth (Yeshua).

The story of the relationship between Judas and Yeshua is related by Nehemiah, the fictional brother of Caiaphas the High Priest. It is through Nehemiah, who is in charge of the first century equivalent of Mossad, that Judas meets Yeshua, and it is because of Judas that Nehemiah himself meets the healer and in turn becomes enthralled by him.

But as the unorthodox teachings of Yeshua begin to threaten the beliefs of the Pharisees, and as his popularity among the people makes him (at least in the mind of Caiaphas) the potential catalyst for a revolt against the Romans, Nehemiah and Judas are caught in the middle of a conflict that threatens to destroy all they have come to believe in.

Ultimately, their devotion to Yeshua takes them on a journey they could never have imagined, to lands they never knew existed, to meet people and encounter beliefs beyond their wildest imaginations.

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7 reviews for Judas

  1. Cheryl Rees-Price – Facebook

    I did enjoy the book. John brought to life the biblical life and times.

  2. MorganRP – Amazon

    A different take on Judas Iscariot – Who betrayed Jesus?
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 October 2019
    Format: Kindle Edition
    John provided a very interesting insight into the culture (Jewish and Roman) of this historic period in Judea. I found his descriptions of the relationship between Jesus (Yeshua) and the ordinary people around him realistic and believable. As a practicing Christian I could see the reasoning behind his conclusions to the story, although I wouldn’t totally agree with them, but the book itself was nevertheless a really good read. John really brought the characters to life.

  3. ann reynolds

    i just could not put the book down a real page turner . i read it in 2 days and stayed up until 1am to find out what would eventually happen, as always with his books there are completely twists and turns which lead to a totally unexpected ending.

  4. Thompson Authors

    “Miss the hymns, especially. So, how do I observe this holy week, now? Decided to read ‘JUDAS: The man behind the myth,’ from cover-to-cover. Finding it fascinating, rivetted from the very beginning, when the boy, Joshua & later as Yeshua appears…must stop no spoilers, and continue reading…”

  5. maria rocke

    I really enjoyed this story, it is both atmospheric and evocative. The attention to detail had me believe that I was part of the fabric of the tale. The book is so well written that I found myself wondering if this was not the way events truly happened.

  6. Amazon Customer

    I thought most of it very much like the bible, quite liked the different ending for Judas. As a Christian found the ending for Jesus not as I believe, but it is just a story. The book was very well written with each page enticing you into reading the next. I would recommend this to anyone with an open mind. Definitely a good read.

  7. David Western from Neyland, Pembrokeshire

    An interesting interpretation regarding the role of Judas which provides believable and feasible motivations for his actions. The story is from the point of view of another individual, Nehemiah. Through his role in the story, Nehemiah has links to both the religious leaders and Christ and his followers. This helps to give a balanced viewpoint of the background undercurrents and motivations. The story appears well researched and achieves a fictionalised interpretation of biblical events. It is not a mere repetition of the New Testament or bible thumping/bashing but puts events into a context/language modern readers can understand and visualise. The tale gives an alternative ending to the bible story as we know it. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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