The Liar’s Gospel by Naomi Alderman

Publication Date: March 2013
Categories: Literary, Historical


An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death. 

This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down. 

It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.

Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period – massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal –The Liars’ Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.

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My Thoughts: 

We’re chatting about The Liar’s Gospel today over at BOOK CLUB. I won’t be writing a full review here but I will say this: I loved this book. It’s a fantastic tale. 

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled by the controversial tidbits. This book has the potential to really piss people off. I kinda dig that.

Feel free to join the discussion here

26 thoughts on “The Liar’s Gospel by Naomi Alderman

  1. I think even if you do take the Bible at face value, there is so much that isn't included. It's always interesting to speculate about the things that happened in between. I'm off to check out the Book Club conversation. 🙂


  2. I haven't read this one but I think I need to! I'm with you- I kinda like a little controversy. I think this is why I love to read banned books. It leaves me feeling like a rebel, which feels kinda awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing,Happy Reading,Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate


  3. I recently read and reviewed Dangerous Liaisons. While I was reading it I was thinking about how I totally would have been one of the deviants out buying a copy way back when it was labeled as a MORAL OUTRAGE!! 😉


  4. Oo, interesting. Not heard of Lehuda or Bar-Avo before, so either my knowledge is worse than I thought or she's brought some ideas into the mix that are even more different.


  5. Sounds very interesting. I think I'm one of those people it will probably piss off, but at the same time, I'm always open to being pissed off. I'll have to take a look for it.


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