Judas: Hero Misunderstood by Jason Royle

Judas- Hero Misunderstood by Jason Royle

Judas- Hero Misunderstood

Judas: Hero Misunderstood

Where did Judas go when he died?  Did he go to heaven?  Or, did he go to hell?  For Christians and non-Christians alike, Judas Iscariot is the man we love to hate. But who would Jesus have been without him?
In this unique short story we journey with the man who played what is arguably one of the most pivotal roles in all of human history. We know Jesus chose him to be one of the original twelve disciples. We know he was with Jesus throughout his entire three-year ministry. Now it’s time to separate him from the crowd. Going beyond his worth, which always seems to start at thirty pieces of silver and suicide, dare to step outside the boundaries of one-dimensional thinking and tradition and reanalyze the purpose of Judas as we ask the question: “Can Judas be forgiven?”

About the author

Writing, for Jason, is a way to express the ongoing story of theology. With every book or article, he hopes readers get a sense of the complexity of God and the necessity of faith. Captivated by the spiritual component of life, Jason loves to read everything from the Greek classics to the Sunday comics.
While serving as pastor of a Disciples of Christ congregation near Memphis, TN, Jason wrote a weekly column in a local newspaper called Sermon in a Nutshell and has had devotions published in The Secret Place among others.
Jason holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work and Bible from Kentucky Christian University, a Master’s in New Testament Theology from Johnson University and a Doctorate in Ministry from Sewanee: University of the South School of Theology.
Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania where he serves as the pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
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Twitter JERoyle

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At the beginning of the book, the author acknowledged that many readers will scream “heresy” at the idea that Judas Iscariot may not have been the villain that he’s portrayed as. Think about it: many people name their children after eleven of Jesus’s disciples, and in some cultures they name their children after Jesus himself, but who do you know named “Judas,” a word that is synonymous with traitor?

The story was written from Judas’s point of view. Judas has decided to speak out, to explain how misunderstood he is. He told a strange story of being put on trial for his monumental sin of turning Jesus over to his enemies. The trial began with Michael the Archangel playing “Stairway to Heaven” on a twelve-string guitar, and got even more farcical as the proceedings went on. Judas’s attorney argued that Judas was not a betrayer, only a man doing his part in fulfilling the prophecies. Would it be enough to save him, or would he be condemned to an eternity in hell?

The account of the trial was told in a nonsensical manner, but afterward, using scripture, the author made a serious argument that whether Jesus was delivered into the hands of his enemies by Judas or by someone else, it was going to happen in any case.

The book makes a credible appeal to reconsider how we view Judas today, whether Satan made him betray Jesus, or if he was just the unfortunate disciple destined to commit an act that would cause his name to be reviled through the ages. The author promised that the book would not be a complex theological analysis of Judas and his actions, and I found that to be true. It was easy, interesting reading.

I read the book for free with my Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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A disciple that is as important to the history of Christianity as anyone, second only to Jesus himself. Jason Royle takes us inside the thoughts of Judas Iscariot after that fateful kiss. What makes this story different from others told along a similar vein is the contemporary way in which it is done.

During the story itself there is no preachy attitude taken and I believe this allows for the reader to take in what is being delivered, a story about a man who did something and seeks forgiveness just as all others do. Was his sin any greater than any other persons sin? This is a work of fiction and a what if kind of book. It is meant to make you think, open your mind, and at times be blown away by the simplicity of thought that has escaped so many for so long.

Royle brings certain elements from scripture into the story that are often left out of the discussion of Judas and I believe are very important in knowing who Judas was.

Well worth paying for, which I did. My score of a 4 is based on a book reviewer scoring system I have that I use. It keeps me honest. 5 would be something just exceptional like a Fitzgerald or Steinbeck. Jason Royle’s book is better than the meets expectations of a 3. It makes you think, keeps you moving along, and has you telling a friend about it. I would find it interesting to see what he could do with this character in developing a full length novel based on him and giving him a history.l

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Firstly, the more you read this book the better this book gets. The first chapter seemed a tad slow, the second chapter got better, by the third chapter I was hooked.

The premise of this book is that Judas is a Hero instead of the villain. This premise is based on the fact that, in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled, someone had to betray Jesus. If it had not been Judas then it would have been someone else.

This book is a work of fiction based on real characters of the bible. It is written in the first person, that is, written as if Judas is writing the book and talking to us (Judas’ point of view).

My favorite part of this book is when the author describes Lucifer as black oil that comes up into a gross form with many limbs. That was such a dramatic example.

I received this book from the author to read and review it. Although I found the book good and an interesting read, it is probably something I would never buy for myself. Of course if I was enrolled in Kindle unlimited I would definitely check this book out to read.

By Maggie on March 13, 2015

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A great book that has history and religion in with a good story line. I hate reading books that don’t catch me in the first chapter and this book had me hooked in the first few pages. This author does a great job of giving us some back history along with great details through the book. I felt like I was in the book experiencing the same things as the characters where. I will defiantly buy more books from this author.

By Nita Banks on March 7, 2015

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Disciples are good and the story of Jesus and his chosen 12 is simply phenomenal. But who cares about the forgotten 12th? What is his place in all the great things pertaining to Christianity?

With all due respect Judas actually paved the way for Jesus’ crucifixion. This is the joy for all! Despite his tremendous contribution to Christianity, Judas is cast aside. I appreciate the mere fact that this author took up the mantle of dissecting the life of Judas Iscariot in its entirety and revealing these facts.

Though this shocking revelation of Judas Iscariot is out of the norm it will change or direct our perception of his true identity and purpose.

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