The Liars' Gospel

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0120121112

In her new novel, the award-winning writer Naomi Alderman provides a compelling and challenging fictional account of life in Roman-occupied Judea. Her novel begins in 63 BC with Pompey's Roman army assailing the fortifications of Jerusalem, and ends with the bloodshed of the Jewish-Roman war in the first century CE.

Within this context of Roman brutality and Jewish insurrection, Alderman presents the life and death of a charismatic Jewish preacher, Yehoshuah. A year after his death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Pompey's army storms the walls of Jerusalem. Some seventy years later, a woman from Natzaret mourns the death of her charismatic preacher son.

Read by Stephanie Racine and Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding

Author Note: Naomi Alderman grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community in north-west London. Her first novel, 'Disobedience', was published in ten languages and won the Orange Award for New Writers; like her second novel, 'The Lessons', it was read on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.

0220121113

In her new novel, the award-winning writer Naomi Alderman (author of 'Disobedience' and 'The Lessons') provides a visceral fictional account of life in Roman-occupied Judea.

Within this context of Roman brutality and Jewish insurrection, Alderman presents the life and death of a charismatic Jewish preacher, Yehoshuah. A year after his death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Miryam, puts her village of Nazaret in danger by continuing to shelter the young man, Gidon, a follower of her dead preacher son. His presence in her house awakens memories of her son, Yehoshuah, but he also gives her some shocking news.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0320121114

In her latest novel, the award-winning writer Naomi Alderman provides a challenging fictional account of the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the life of a charismatic Jewish preacher, Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Miryam remembers a bloody Jewish rebellion at the festival of Shavuot, to which the Romans responded with savage brutality. And Iehuda of Qeriot, now living a new life as a Roman citizen in Caesarea, remembers his devotion to his beloved friend, Yehoshuah.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tobias Menzies

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0420121115

In her latest novel, Naomi Alderman (author of 'Disobedience' and 'The Lessons') conjures the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the followers of an inspired Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Iehuda of Qeriot remembers his first encounter with Yehoshuah and the heady and complex friendship that followed.

Read by Tobias Menzies

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0520121116

In her new novel, award-winning author Naomi Alderman imagines the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the fate of a charismatic Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Iehuda of Qeriot remembers the events that lead to his loss of faith in Yehoshuah and his eventual betrayal of the man who had been his dearest friend.

Read by Tobias Menzies

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0620121119

In her new novel, award-winning author Naomi Alderman imagines the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the fate of a charismatic Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, the High Priest Caiaphas is put under pressure by the Roman Prefect Pilate.

Read by David Horovitch

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0720121120

In her new novel, award-winning author Naomi Alderman imagines the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the fate of a charismatic Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

When a troublesome young preacher, Jehoshuah, causes chaos in the temple, Caiaphas is forced to hand him over to the Roman prefect, Pilate.

Read by David Horovitch

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0820121121

In her powerful new novel, Naomi Alderman (author of 'Disobedience' and 'The Lessons') conjures the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the fate of a charismatic Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Bar-Avo journeys around Judea, gathering followers for his rebel army.

Read by Hugo Speer

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

0920121122

In her visceral new novel, award-winning author Naomi Alderman ('Disobedience' and 'The Lessons') conjures the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the fate of a charismatic Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, Bar-Avo finds himself sharing a cell with the Jewish preacher Jehoshuah. Both will face the vagaries of Roman justice.

Read by Hugo Speer

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.

10 LAST20121123

In her challenging new novel, award-winning author Naomi Alderman ('Disobedience' and 'The Lessons') conjures the world of Roman-occupied Judea and the fate of a charismatic Jewish preacher named Yehoshuah.

A year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories - his mother, Miryam; his former friend and follower Iehuda of Qeriot; the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas and the rebel, Bar-Avo.

In today's episode, the elderly rebel Bar-Avo encounters a follower of Jehoshuah, who believes that the preacher died and rose again.

Read by Hugo Speer and Stephanie Racine

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Emma Harding.