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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (2002)

by Christopher Moore

Other authors: Fisher Stevens (Narrator)

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The angel Raziel gets a new mission: he is to resurrect Biff so that he can write a new gospel. Biff was Jesus’ – or actually Joshua’s as he was known back then – best friend and is supposed to fill in the gaps. Raziel locks himself into a hotel room with Biff who is given the gift of tongues and starts to write (after punching Raziel first though – he just doesn’t like that guy). But Biff’s Joshua is quite different from what we know and his childhood and youth may very well surprise you.

Moore (and/or his publisher) was apparently very worried that Lamb would offend (religious) people – there are several reassuring statements in that regard. Personally I think that they don’t have anything to worry about, but then I’m also a heathen atheist and basically a personified offense, so I’m probably not the best judge. Be that as it may, I would have liked it if they had taken less care with offending or not offending people and instead had focussed on whether or not the book actually works because for me, it didn’t really.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2016/02/24/lamb-the-gospel-according-to-biff-christs-childhood-pal-christopher-moore/ ( )
  kalafudra | May 10, 2016 |
This book is actually a very humorous one, Moore is always good at that. I read it almost 50% and left after that when i started to feel it a bit draggy.
The story is narrated by Jesus's friend and is about Jesus. How Jesus was born and how he lived, how he became a Messiah. Moore has well described the story with childhood mischief and mistakes, where several parts made me laugh out loud at the absurdity of people.
A good book if you can hold religious stupidity :) ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
If you were raised - as I was - sittin' on the "third row, podium side" Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal might not be the book for you! Over the years, I've managed to come to grips with the "plague-ridden portents", the "pillar of salt" scares and the "fire'n'brimstone" night terrors of my youth. I was free to chortle, guffaw (yes, I guffawed!!) and roar-with-laughter through Christopher Moore's meticulously-researched, outrageously funny and amazingly entertaining book!

I wandered across Tom Knapp's Rambles.net a while back; it was Tom's review that had me combing my library shelves for Lamb! Tom said it better than I ever could: "..if you are one of those who "can approach religious matters with a wink and a grin, if you can believe that a good-humored approach to faith isn't sinful or wicked, and if you can believe that Jesus of Nazareth not only had followers, but friends, then you owe it to yourself to enjoy this book."

Five stars; highly recommended. ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
I like the idea behind this book, and it had some amusing moments, but I wasn't rolling on the floor laughing. At most I would be quietly smirking. I liked the idea of Biff and Raziel hanging out in a seedy hotel while Biff told his story -- it felt a lot like Dogma, a movie I once watched twice in one day -- but as the book went on I found myself caring less and less about how the little boy Joshua became Jesus. Maybe it's because I received no formal religious education whatsoever; everything I know about the Bible and Christianity comes from cultural references and the occasional historical explanation provided in works on other subjects. So perhaps there are elements of Moore's retelling that are going completely over my head. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this who wanted to read it. It's probably just a book that is not suited for me personally. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 25, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
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"Lamb" is an incredibly compelling work even for readers who don't agree with Moore's conclusions. The book is also laugh out loud funny at times, which really helps during some of more irreverent parts of the story.
Interesting, original, not for every taste.
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Christopher Mooreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevens, FisherNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balder, Hugo E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baranger, LucTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estrella, JuanjoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. - Voltaire
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If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it.
If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil.
If you seek adventure, may this story sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books revel perfection, by what they are or what they are not.
May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them.
May you find perfection, and know it by name.
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The angel was cleaning out his closets when the call came.
You think you know how this story is going to end, but you don't.
I learned how to boil down goat urine to make explosives today.
Hi, I'm the Messiah, God wanted you to have this bacon.
I know that even now, having watched enough television, you probably won't even refer to them as lepers so as to spare their feelings. You probably call them 'parts-dropping-off challenged' or something.
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In this work the author seeks to fill in the "lost" years of Jesus through the point of view of Jesus' childhood pal, "Levi bar Alphaeus who is called Biff". Biff has been resurrected in the present day, to complete missing parts of the Bible. Supposedly under the watchful eye of the angel Raziel, who turns out to be more interested in the soap operas on the television in their hotel, Biff is made to write down his account of the decades missing from Jesus' life. During these years he and Joshua (which, as Biff points out, "Jesus" is the Greek version of, and thus in Galilee Jesus was called Joshua Bar Joseph) travel to the East to seek the Three Wise Men who attended Joshua's birth, so that he may learn how to become the Messiah.
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Biff is quite a guy/His friend is the Messiah/Find out what that's like (jeshakespeare)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380813815, Paperback)

While the Bible may be the word of God, transcribed by divinely inspired men, it does not provide a full (or even partial) account of the life of Jesus Christ. Lucky for us that Christopher Moore presents a funny, lighthearted satire of the life of Christ--from his childhood days up to his crucifixion--in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. This clever novel is surely blasphemy to some, but to others it's a coming-of-age story of the highest order.

Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus) knows he is unique and quite alone in his calling, but what exactly does his Father want of him? Taking liberties with ancient history, Moore works up an adventure tale as Biff and Joshua seek out the three wise men so that Joshua can better understand what he is supposed to do as Messiah. Biff, a capable sinner, tags along and gives Joshua ample opportunities to know the failings and weaknesses of being truly human. With a wit similar to Douglas Adams, Moore pulls no punches: a young Biff has the hots for Joshua's mom, Mary, which doesn't amuse Josh much: "Don't let anyone ever tell you that the Prince of Peace never struck anyone." And the origin of the Easter Bunny is explained as a drunken Jesus gushes his affection for bunnies, declaring, "Henceforth and from now on, I decree that whenever something bad happens to me, there shall be bunnies around."

One small problem with the narrative is that Biff and Joshua often do not have distinct voices. A larger difficulty is that as the tone becomes more somber with Joshua's life drawing to its inevitable close, the one-liners, though not as numerous, seem forced. True to form, Lamb keeps the story of Joshua light, even after its darkest moments. --Michael Ferch

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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years-except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more-except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala-and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.… (more)

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