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After awarding the prize “Yasnaya Polyana” the newly minted winner of the Israeli writer Amos Oz read in Moscow lecture about the relationship between Judas and Jesus. This is the topic of his novel “Judas” has Israel’s reputation provocative, and in Russia – is debatable.

“Last night for his novel “Judas,” I got the “Yasnaya Polyana”. And in horror wondered how reacted to Leo? If he knew that the prize of his name gets the man who wrote a novel about the traitor, how would he react to the idea of this novel? This award is a great honor this novel. And I am sitting in a room, even for a moment saw the reaction of Leo Tolstoy: first, he was shocked, and then smiles in his beard”.

“When I was 16, I lived on a kibbutz and was a bookworm. I understood that if I read the gospel and the New Testament, you will never understand European art, will never be able to listen to Bach, read the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. And I came on vacation in my room and read the gospel. And then I fell in love with Jesus.”

However, the writer does not agree with some provisions of the doctrine of Christ “as any Jew never with each other totally disagree. I even think that there is not a single Jew who would agree in all matters with myself.”

In my opinion, evil is not cruelty, and aggression. Leo to me would not agree, he was on the battlefield, but I believe, says Amos Oz, is that aggression is the mother of all forms of violence, and sometimes to stop it is just power, and not turning the other cheek under attack. My two sisters in the 42nd year, was in a concentration camp in ‘ 45, the year they were released, not activists with banners about the dangers of violence, and Soviet soldiers in helmets and with machine guns. We do not forget about it”.

There are, however, a story that always made the writer’s discontent, – the history of Judah: “my little detective rebelled against its absurdity”.

The theme of the betrayal of Judas stands in the novel not as a separate story, but as a “poisonous source of historical demoralized archetype of the Jew” through the ages. Judas in the Christian tradition – a household name, identified with the traitor. And, in the opinion of the main character of the novel by Amos oz, a student of the faculty of Humanities of Samuel Ashe, the betrayal of Judas has defined anti-Semitism for the next Millennium: “we are All Judas Iscariote, says the character of the book of Amos oz”. “The fight between us and the Arabs-Muslims nothing more than an episode in history, short and fleeting. <…> but what is between us and the Christians, – the phenomenon of a deep, dark, it can last hundreds of generations.”

For “Judas,” I got the “Yasnaya Polyana”. And in horror wondered how reacted to Leo?

Betrayal and loyalty are the main themes of the novel “Judas.”

“In the novel the character is riding a train somewhere in Poland and reading a newspaper in Hebrew. Near them two nuns, the elderly and the young. They understand that he was a Jew, and accused him: “How could you crucify him? He was so sweet…” to which the hero responds: “You know, that day I wasn’t there, I made an appointment with the dentist. I still regret that when he rode the train in one of the Catholic countries of Europe and heard the same question, not answered about the dentist, but this episode of my life only confirms what Samuel thinks of Ash in the novel. The Jews crucified the God – all these are the most frequent anti-Semitic clichés, which eventually led to the most terrible genocide in the history of””.

According to Samuel Asch, Judas, as the most educated of all the apostles, just couldn’t covet 30 pieces of silver because he was secured and not in need of money.

“Judas was a fanatic, but not a traitor – says Shmuel Ash, the protagonist of the novel by Amos oz. But he did not wait for the Resurrection, was horrified at the deed, he realized that he killed his Teacher, and then, perhaps, only then, committed treason, questioned, lost faith and hung up. Thus died the first Christian. The Last Christian. The Only Christian.”

It is written in the novel.

“My hand was shaking a little when I wrote these lines, says Amos Oz, but then says: – But how was actually, I don’t know. This is a version of Samuel Ashe, not mine. And yet it is not a novel about the road to Calvary. Jesus, Judas, the apostles – it’s just the shadows. This is the story of two men and one woman who the entire book drinking tea and talking. The novel is about the mystical paradox of love and the power of words.”