Who was Judas Iscariot and why did he betray Jesus? In this far-ranging biography, the author of Poetry After Auschwitz delves into how Christian anti-Semites turned this obscure figure into a personification of the Jews, initiating two millennia of strife between the two faiths. Susan Gubar compares varying accounts of Judas in an attempt to flesh out what can be known of his life and motivations, and surveys the extremely diverse ways that the errant apostle has been depicted in art, literature, and film.
"An irresistibly readable work of history, literary and cultural criticism.... It is written with Gubar's characteristic blend of intelligence, stylistic versatility, and wit."—Joyce Carol Oates