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The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
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Jul 06, 11

bookshelves: literature
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Recommended for: Christians
Read in July, 1972, read count: 1

Since becoming seriously interested in religion towards the middle of college and since beginning the study of the history of Christianity, I've been much interested in the interpretation of the figure of Christ Jesus both in scholarship and in literature. Of the literary representations read thus far, Robert Graves' King Jesus was the most intellectually and Nikos Kazantzakis' Last Temptaion the most emotionally challenging works encountered.

It's been many years since reading Last Temptation and I now think of it through the movie version of 1988, but I still recall being much struck by an early scene in the novel which has Jesus, the carpenter's son, building crucifixes for the occupying Romans as well as being much moved by the heroic pathos of his own crucifixion and the misgivings accompanying, but transcended by, it.

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