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

by Christopher Moore

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    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books including Expecting Someone Taller, and Flying Dutch, but they may be difficult to find at your library or bookstore.… (more)
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    the_awesome_opossum: Only Begotten Daughter is darker and less whimsical than Lamb, but the protagonist - the daughter of God - also struggles with her divinity and purpose on Earth. It is funny in spots, but in a more wry and satirical way. So if you liked the more serious parts of Lamb, try this book… (more)
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I thotoughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of Jesus life, from his early childhood till to the crucifixtion, from the eyes of his best friend Levi(nickname Biff). Somehow, impossibly, the book finds a balance in which you know the author takes this work completely seriously yet he makes it read like a the best kind of sitcom, filled with laugh-out-loud one-liners and many odd characters. He also speculates -- quite impressively, in my opinion --about what Jesus may have done during his teens and twenties, a period about which nothing is written. The author has obviously thought deeply about the message Jesus preached and how it differed from the status quo of his time. He creates a fictional but believable narrative about the "missing" years, during which Jesus -- accompanied all the while by his best friend -- experiences a number of things that shaped his way of thinking. In his Afterword Christopher Lamb explains the research he did for the book, and is quite specific in clarifying what is fictional and what is not. I think the book appeals to believers and non-believers alike because it respects the story while making the characters seem down to earth, not other-wordly. And it is very funny. I read [b:The Last Temptation of Christ|8737|The Last Temptation of Christ|Nikos Kazantzakis|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165723319s/8737.jpg|1193292] many years ago and it too is a novelistic retelling of Jesus' story. It isn't humorus but it is filled with wonderful, vivid detail about the place and time in which the events took place. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed this story. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
A charming and irreverent yarn which lovingly mocks tradition. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 15, 2017 |
This book has some very funny moments, and Moore has clearly done some careful research on the material and social background of Jesus' time. But his theology is really weak, i.e. his story about Jesus' childhood has him disagreeing with the Father about his mission and basically inventing the Holy Ghost. This bothered me, but it may not bother most people. Overall, Moore's zany sense of humor and inventiveness carry the book very well, and he is sensitive to the importance of this topic to many people, writing about the religious concerns raised by the book in both an introduction and an epilogue. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Irreverant and possibly offensive to some, this is the story of Jesus that the bible doesn't tell, including the story of his best friend Biff. ( )
  ouroborosangel | Nov 30, 2016 |
Normally, I decry the publication of special "gift editions" of books already long available in paperback. But every once in awhile, someone gets it dead right, creating an actual work of art that enhances the book. Of course, they will be immediately fired for getting it right.

Take a look at that beeeeyoutiful copy of Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Look at those rounded edges and gilt-edged pages. Look at the shiny, shiny gold on the cover. There's even a red ribbon marker to hold your place. It's brilliant, people!

The book arrives in stores this fall, just in time for Christmas. Moore is in the process of writing a new book, so he won't be touring. But he will sign copies that you can pre-order from Books, Inc. in California:

http://www.booksinc.net/NASApp/store/Product;jsessionid=abcxCiBC2F7NKesJeS4ur?&a... ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 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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Balder, Hugo E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baranger, LucTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estrella, JuanjoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, FisherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. - Voltaire
Author's blessing

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.
Dedication
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The angel was cleaning out his closets when the call came.
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:29 -0400)

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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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