Tracey's Reviews > Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Lamb by Christopher Moore
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Jan 08, 14

bookshelves: audiobook, owned-etext, alt-history, hist-fic
Read from January 04 to 06, 2014

LIB REQ 6/3 - Audiobook version. Started 11 Jun 2008 -
Fisher Stevens is a good reader & apparently having a lot of fun with it!

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Previously read 1 Sep 2003
Both irreverent and true to its source, Lamb is the Gospel of Levi (called Biff) - a young man who grew up with Jesus and accompanied him on his travels to find the Three Wise Men before he came back to preach in Israel. While I'm no biblical scholar, I could see the detail and research that went into the writing of this book, as well some of the places where history was bent to suit the plot.

The frame story is Biff writing his Gospel in a hotel room, having been brought back from the dead by an angel, who has very little understanding of the modern-day. Moore jumps back & forth between this frame & the actual story several times at the beginning, but then lets the plot take off on its own.

If you're expecting a laugh-a-minute satire on fundamental Christianity - you're looking in the wrong place. If on the other hand, you're willing to try a funny, yet thoughtful story, where Jesus studies Eastern philosophy as well as Jewish thought, spends most of his life unsure of what is expected of him, and has a not-entirely-comic sidekick, I think you'll enjoy this book.
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