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Lamb Special Gift Ed: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (original 2002; edition 2007)

by Christopher Moore (Author)

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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 childhood friend, who has been resurrected to tell the story.… (more)
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Title:Lamb Special Gift Ed: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Authors:Christopher Moore (Author)
Info:William Morrow (2007), Edition: First Edition, 417 pages
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (2002)

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One of my favorite books of all time. :) ( )
  AnnieSeiler | Dec 22, 2019 |
This book changed my heart. I know that wasn't Moore's intent; he's clear on that. But the book made me look up from my spiritual rut and re-examine fundamental issues with a fresh perspective. I also laughed until I couldn't breathe... ( )
  G-Morrison | Nov 18, 2019 |
A very funny story about how Jesus "might" have grown up. Highly irreverent, but keeping with a lot of the detail of the new testament and history. Then throwing out a good bit of that to make the story more entertaining.

Don't come here to read something factual, or if you're likely to be offended if someone makes fun of Jesus or the Apostles.

Definitely read this if you liked Monty Python's Life of Brian. ( )
  Mactastik | Sep 4, 2019 |
Before Jesus became the Messiah, he was a kid named Josh with a best friend Levi (called Biff). Why not? Definitely irreverent and at times a little uncomfortable, this is a pretty fun read. The shtick gets a little old at times, but all in all this book is clever, frequently hilarious, and oddly more or less respectful of the core of the Christian faith. ( )
  Sarah_Angleton | Aug 16, 2019 |
I really wanted to like this, but it wasn't my style of humor. Ah well.
  Codonnelly | Jun 24, 2019 |
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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 editionscalculated
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.
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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)

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