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Judas My Brother [Hardcover]

Frank Yerby
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Dial Press; 1st Edition edition (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 381187781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3811877818
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,252,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNDERRATED MASTERPIECE 2 Jun 2011
You will search in vain for any mention of Frank Yerby in those lists of Great Historical novels;
In all my years of reading/researching Literature I have never come across one real literary appreciation of JUDAS MY BROTHER. Why?
This novel deserves to be on the list for many reasons- it does what historical novels are supposed to do ( tell a good story, with interesting characters, in authentic settings) and it actually makes you think about a great number of things- for example, the complexities of human nature, the purpose (or lack of purpose) in life, the process of History, the nature of religion/spirituality, and the way in which real events can so easily be transformed into mythology. Apart from all that, it is a brilliant read. I myself have been re-reading it endlessly since the early Seventies, when I first came across it. It instantly became one of my favourite historical novels.

The book is a very believable attempt to recreate the period in which Yeshua (Jesus) lived, and the effect he had on those who encountered him. It is more than a biblical novel, it is a fiction,yes, but it tries to imagine the reality of what really happened in those times. I strongly urge you to get hold of this book somehow; read it, live with it, think about it.

Yes, it could be considered by some (those who have very fixed/rigid views/opinions/beliefs) as provocative, controversial and blasphemous- but it's not....I honestly think it is one of the most realistic and moving portrayals of Jesus in western literature. It is equal to THE LAST TEMPTATION, a much more famous novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back to an old friend 30 Dec 2013
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I read this book years ago. I'm not a religious person but this book almost perfectly describes how I feel. It's riveting and to get a first edition is fantastic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A different look at an old story 19 Sep 2012
By Hiraethus o Gymru VINE VOICE
Frank Yerby is best known for his romantic novels based on the 19th century Southern States and was one of the earliest coloured writers to graduate from an American University.
This novel is a complete departure from his norm, and is an extremely well researched and presented account of the life of Jesus (Yeshua), from the aspect of a Jew from a wealthy family whose life becomes inextricably entangled with him because of a chance physical resemblance. The Roman and Jewish background is very detailed, with a wonderful author's list of sources and notes which shows the incredible amount of knowledge of the subject and the times and area in which it took place.
I have read and reread this book more times than I can remember, and it still holds a prominent place on my shelf after almost 50 years.
The possible logical explanations of the "miracles", and views on the characters of the disciples, Pilate, and his wife, Claudia Procula add spice to a wonderful dish which some may find not to their taste if their Christian beliefs are profound, but for the inquiring mind will be utterly captivated by the beauty of the narrative and Frank Yerby's sheer class as a master storyteller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read for believers and nonbelievers alike 26 Aug 2013
By lee sheldon - Published on Amazon.com
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i'd read this about 30 years ago and it's still a great read. yerby has always been a favorite author but in
"Judas My Brother" he also brings about 30 years of painstaking research into the story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Judas my Brother, The Book 7 Mar 2014
By Joseph Ginel - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the first time I have ordered a book that was almost 50 years old. I have read this book when it was first published in 1968 and spoke about it that this person I know went to the library to see if they had which they did not. And for the price and the condition of the book it was well worth it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Judas my brother 1 Sep 2013
By Bertie McNeil - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book years ago maybe the early 70's. It was too much his opinion and little fact. I admit I did not read the whole book, I tossed it in the garbage! I was to far from my beliefs. I enjoyed his civil war romances but this book was too far out to be believable.
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