The Gospel Fiction

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore – I’d heard of this book before and thought it sounded interesting, so when someone returned it to the library where I was working, I decided to check it out. I have to say I really liked it. The story is told from the point of view of Jesus’ best friend and comic sidekick, Levi bar Alphaeus, nicknamed Biff. He’s brought back to life by a dim-witted angel in order to fill in the gaps in the Gospels. It’s quite funny, but I also like how well-researched it is. Sure, there are anachronisms galore, but Moore obviously did his homework on the setting, and knew when to make it realistic and when not to. Even the part about Jesus journeying to the East to learn Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism is based on actual legends. Levi himself is actually a character briefly mentioned in Mark 2:14. Moore portrays Jesus as the actual messiah, Son of God and miracle worker, but also as rather awkward and unsure. He often has to rely on his dedicated but frustrated friends to help him work things out. I like this take, and I think there’s actually some evidence for this in the Gospels. I always kind of have a fondness for characters who are geniuses, but with human foibles, and that’s how Jesus (or Joshua, as Biff consistently calls him because it’s much closer to his actual name; “Jesus” is the Greek version of the name Joshua/Yeshua) comes across here.

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6 Responses to The Gospel Fiction

  1. I’ve always wanted to read this and still haven’t. Still haven’t read ANY Moore. One of the few negative side effects of never getting out of the childrens/YA sections…

  2. Except I’m full-time on the children’s desk now. I WILL NEVER READ AN ADULT BOOK AGAIN!

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