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A Year After The Death Of Yehoshuah, A Mysterious Figure Who Wandered Roman Occupied Judea Giving Sermons And Healing The Sick, Four People Tell Their Stories.A Mother, A Friend, A Collaborator, A Rebel To Each Of These Witnesses The Young Preacher Represents Strikingly Different Things But Whether The Witnesses Are Lying Or Telling The Truth, Their Accounts Will Change All That Comes After.This Is A Story Of Sacrifice And Betrayal, Oppression And Resistance, And The Courage It Takes To Make Both War And Peace THE LIARS GOSPEL Powerfully Reimagines A Tale We Think We Already Know And Invites Us To See It In An Entirely New Light.


10 thoughts on “The Liars' Gospel

  1. Therese Therese says:

    A historical novel depicting Yehoshuah the historical Jesus through the eyes of four different people who encountered him his mother Mary, Judas Iscariot, the high priest Caiaphas, and the criminal revolutionary Barrabas, whom the crowd demanded be set free in place of Yehoshuah prior to Yehoshuah s crucifixion In this book, one can t speak of The Crucifixion with a capital C, since there are crucifixions left and right This book was artfully constructed and very competently written Religiously conservative Christian believers may find some elements of it offensive the author Naomi Alderman, writing fairly conspicuously from a Jewish perspective, begins from the viewpoint that Jesus is a man of the period, a traveling preacher of which there were many, teaching doctrines little removed from those of other rabbis Historically, of course, with millennia of faith subtracted from the equation, her version of the story makes perfect sense My reaction to this book is a little complicated on the one hand, I admired the artistry of how she structured it, and her bravery in telling her straightforward v...


  2. Jennifer Stephens Jennifer Stephens says:

    The Liars Gospel by Naomi Alderman is a creative retelling of life in Israel under Roman occupation and early on centers on Jesus Alderman s crafting of words is superb so it s quite disappointing that she put her talent to work slandering a public figure in such an offensive manner.In the novel we are exposed to the viewpoints of Mary, Barabbas, and Judas as imagined by Alderman I can get behind historical fiction wherein we take a real place or course of events to set the scene and slide in imaginary characters to build a plot Likewise I enjoy a twist on a known public figure that shows another side of them that is faithful to their overall historical presence but adds a new dimension of storytelling But I really have a problem with a convenient retelling that absolutely butchers the essence of a character we ve come to know through history Jesus punching his father in the face and the other nonsense that goes on in The Liars Gospel is disgusting and the character sketch of Jesus as depicted by Alderman is very offensive to not only Christians but to the record of history What s next, a historical novel about Ghandi detailing his secret role as a fascist, working undercover for the state to stir ...


  3. Lyn (Readinghearts) Lyn (Readinghearts) says:

    Naomi Alderman s new novel, The Liars Gospel is defintely not a book for everyone The book is set in the first century and centered around the life of a Jewish prophet, Yehoshuah Jesus to us Although it is ostensibly a retelling of the story of Jesus, I found Alderman s detailing of the political climate in Jerusalem during the rise and fall of Jesus much interesting The story is told from four viewpoints That of Marym,Yehoshuah s mother, His friend and follower Ieudah of Queriot, the Roman High Priest of Jerusalem, Caiaphas, and the rebel Bar Avo As you read, it is easy to see that Marym is Mary, Ieudah is Judas Iscariot, and Bar Avo is Barrabas I thought that Alderman s decision to tell this tale from 4 vary different viewpoints was a brilliant idea Each character had a different relationship with Jesus and none of them alone could have told the tale completely by themselves The switching of voice throughout the book allows the author to cover, not only the different times periods of Jesus life, but also the different facets of his life Of the four tellings or gospels, per the title I feel the best one was the telling by Judas It is here that we first get to see what political forces are at work in Israel between the occupying Romans and the Jews This political background was the most intere...


  4. Alex Alex says:

    I am tempted to give this five stars to help balance many of the one star reviews by people who somehow accidentally found themselves reading a book by a non Christian for the first time and were traumatized and enraged by the unfamiliar experience Honestly, read the one star reviews just for laughs Naomi Alderman retells the story of Israel under Roman occupation and beset by false messiahs, both religious and military Being Jewish, Alderman does not believe that Jesus was a god and this novel is short on magic and miracles although the Jews are desperately waiting for such and the early Christians believe they have found them If those are what you re looking to read about there are many suitable books for you As always, Alderman is brilliant with language and characterization She uses characters from the Christian Gospels but treats them as complicated human beings living in the last days of the Second Temple, as Israel rebels again and again against the mightiest power on earth and is finally utterly destroyed and the Jews exiled for almost two thousand years No character is left as a two dimensional hero or villain, and once again Alderman is Jewish and does not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, so if that sounds infuriating to you don t read this book try The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis instead, or maybe Heaven Is Real by that six year old If you are Jewish, or not allergic to a Jewish perspective on Jewish history, it is a gripping and tr...


  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    interesting novel surrounding the life of Jesus and split into 4 different versions, took me awhile to get into this novel maybe it was the subject title.


  6. Samuel Rood Samuel Rood says:

    It was an interesting idea, writing a book about Jesus from a Jewish perspective, but I was very disappointed The first century characters so obviously belonged in the 21st None of the characters were believable and the character development was stale and predictable Miriam Mary was the most interesting story, but the other three characters Judah aka Judas, Bar Avo aka Barabbas, and Caiaphas as well as their stories all fell flat The cursing and the sexuality in the story so distracted from the world Alderman created that I wasn t able to enjoy it Most significantly, the central character, Yehoshua Jesus was so one dimensional and unimpressive it is difficult to believe that anyone could have mistaken him for the Messiah It would have been much interesting if Alderman had left the question of Yehoshua s credentials open as many Jewish Jesus scholars have done i.e Daniel Boyarin, and Amy Jill Levine a question of faith Alderman s Yehoshua w...


  7. Patrick Patrick says:

    An interesting take on a part of human history where myth and history collide There are people, like Julius Caesar, whom we know existed, and about whom we know a fair amount And then there are people like Helen of Troy, lost to pre history, who as likely as not, never existed Jesus of Nazareth is perched awkwardly between these two places, and to my mind, this made Naomi Alderman s story about life in Roman occupied Jerusalem a quite haunting novel about how stories and myths come to be and about what can never be known for certain And so we have a retelling of the parable of the talents which is quite different in its focus from the biblical account And it is not Yehoshuah but the political insurrectionist, Bar Avo, who persuades the fishermen of Galilee to throw their lot in with him It s beautifully written and to this admittedly uneducated reader, the evocation of life in 0BCE Jerusalem feels spot on I don t know if her description of the lines of crucifixes on the road into Jerusalem as screaming trees is originally her own but either way, it s a perfect metaphor for the horrors of crucifixion, which Alderman reminds us, was hardly an exceptional mode of judicial killing at the time somehow, I can t help but picture Mark Lanegan being attracted to the image, which m...


  8. Hannah Hannah says:

    Naomi alderman has written an intriguing account of events and people surrounding Jesus In so doing she has made biblical figures that are sometimes perceived as one dimensional characters and turned them into ones we can relate to, with depth and conflict and imperfection Although at times it felt sacrilegious reading some points of view such as the Iehuda from Qeriot, it made you see how Jesus could have been perceived, at the time, in a negative but credible way a rock star that started to believe the hype surrounding him and got carried away Of course most believe this to be false as he indeed turned out to be the real deal, but at the time there must have been doubt and Jesus could have come across as a smug, arrogant heretical madman i thought it was interesting to portray Judas as an over zealous man of God that became disillusioned and rebelled, throwing himself instead at the mighty feet of Rome I enjoyed reading the part of Yehoshuah s mother, Miryam as you can see how she could have felt resentful and rejected by h...


  9. Jackie Jackie says:

    And in the midst of all that, one preacher by the name of Jesus died And either something miraculous happened or someone lied This is not the story of Yehoshuah Jesus but of the way his existence affected those around him It is an often bloody tale of a people under Roman occupation, told from the perspectives of Miryam his mother , Iehuda a follower , Caiaphas High Priest of Jerusalem and Bar Avo rebel and murderer.The first half of the book is sublime Miriam s feelings of betrayal, disappointment and loss in relation to her eldest son, and the strong love she had for him despite all these things, ring so true.My favourite chapter is that of Iehuda A man who loses faith, finds it again in Yehoshuah and then loses it again when he feels that Yehoshuah is allowing himself to become the centre of things and important than his message and his people Losing one ...


  10. Bettie Bettie says:

    BABT70 years after the storming of Jerusalem s walls, a mother mourns her preacher son s death BBC blurb In her new novel, the award winning writer Naomi Alderman provides a compelling and challenging fictional account of life in Roman occupied Judea Her novel begins in 63 BC with Pompey s Roman army assailing the fortifications of Jerusalem, and ends with the bloodshed of the Jewish Roman war in the first century CE.Within this context of Roman brutality and Jewish insurrection, Alderman presents the life and death of a charismatic Jewish preacher, Yehoshuah A year after his death, four people tell their stories his mother, Miryam his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar Avo.Read by Stephanie Racine ...