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Lamb by Christopher Moore
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Sep 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

When it comes to the life of Jesus, the Bible has some serious gaps - pretty much everything that happened between the ages of 6 and 33. Thanks to the fertile imagination of Christopher Moore, however, and his recording of the lost gospel of Jesus' childhood best friend, these missing years have now been restored to us in spectacular comedic fashion.

The tale of young Jesus as told by his crass but fiercely loyal buddy is truly funny. Oddly, it is also strangely reverent. Jesus may play the straight man off which Biff bounces his non-stop one liners as they travel through Afghanistan, China and India in search of the wisdom needed to fill Jesus' destiny, but this is not a book that trashes Christianity. On the contrary, it's one that manages to highlight the core of Jesus' message while engaging in some entertaining and intriguing speculation about the influences that inspired him to such radical thinking for his time.
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[Name Redacted] Is this one of those texts that perpetuates the sexist myth that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute?

Lena It doesn't - that myth is never even mentioned. It also has its own ideas about the origin of those seven demons she was supposedly possessed by.

[Name Redacted] That's fun then! :)

Emily "Strangely reverent" - you hit the nail on the head there. I agree with your review, especially the last paragraph :-)

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