Judas, by Lady Gaga (from Vevo).
Her interpretation of a demonic Judas contrasts with Alderman's less vital interpretation.
Perhaps readers are supposed to link the practices of the ancient Romans with those of current Israelis; but I didn't get that impression, nor does the treatment of the central focus of this novel suggest that the author was aiming for irony.
On moral grounds, I am unhappy with the parrallels to the current situation in Israel; on aesthetic grounds, this treatment isunobjectionable. The reverse is true when it comes to the treatment of the Jesus myth.
ny attempt to realistically convey, for example, Jesus' childhood in a novel would frustrate even the most orthodox Christian.
Overall, then, an interesting failure. Perhaps Alderman can now tackle a less mythical, yet much more significant early Christian Jew: Paul. I think she could achieve great things with this subject more congenial to a novel.