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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Christopher Moore

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Title:Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Authors:Christopher Moore
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2003), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 444 pages
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (2002)

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This book was great. I really enjoyed the thought and effort that the author put into researching and imagining a childhood and friends for Christ in this book. ( )
  Brian_Lawrence | Sep 17, 2016 |
Review Lamb by Christopher Moore.

This is a very enjoyable read. You could say it’s religious and talks about Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Bible. It’s the story of Jesus that’s not in the Bible, his thirty years life that’s missing and Christopher Moore is just the person to fill in those gaps in a fictional humorous way. I’m a Christian and wasn’t offended but some Catholics might not like the author’s creativity. However, I always wondered what Jesus’ childhood and young short life was like because he is only mentioned in the Bible a very few times up to his crucifixion. As the reader, I found it entertaining and when I open the Bible again I hope know one will see me chuckle because this story will be embedded into my memory.

It was fiction with some truth to the events that happened between the disciples that’s written in the Bible but in no way degrading. It’s a story of the young Messiah or Joshua as he is called in the book and his childhood friend Levi who is called Biff. They are two well-developed characters who bring life into the story with good humor, excitement and because they are two young boys there is some behavior issues even as they grew older. Plus, we can’t forget the angel, Raziel who pops in throughout the story and is addicted to the television.

After meeting as children in Galilee, Biff and Joshua embark on an epic journey that takes them all over Asia and back again. It’s a lesson for Joshua to learn how to be the Messiah from the three wise men and Buddhist monks. Even though he’s the son of God, it’s still easy to sympathize with Joshua’s struggles to find his way in life. It really gets tough when Biff is completely a thorn in Joshua side when they are teenager’s and Biff can sin, lie, steal, and most of all he can have sex. So when Mary Magdalene is introduced into the story it complicates the relationship between Joshua, Biff…. Biff falls in love with Mary and Mary falls in Review: Lamb by Christopher Moore.
love with Joshua but Joshua is not allowed to know women in that way. However, all three take its complexities in stride and humorously make the best of the situation.

In this story against the skepticism of those who know him, even the disciples Joshua sets out to save the souls of all people, not just the Jews who have been chosen by God. As the story goes on Biff recaptures his time with Joshua and their adventures to teach Joshua how to be the Messiah but along the way the reader will learn about Biff’s experience with the Kama Sutra, Joshua’s schooling in meditation and knack for getting stuck in wine bottles, what bunnies have to do with Easter, what the “H” stands for in Jesus H. Christ and most of all, the bond between two best friends… ( )
  Juan-banjo | Sep 8, 2016 |
Good fun. ( )
  Vinculus | Jul 20, 2016 |
Firstly, I should preface this by saying I am in no way religious. I expect if you were, reading this book might be a slightly different experience and might even leave you, in parts, offended. If you're not you won't and instead, in all parts, you'll laugh and you'll laugh and you'll, well, laugh. It's basically Hitchhikers Guide, without the sci-fi and with a more interesting central character in Biff, the world's most earnest idiot. I ignored this book for a long time because I thought it was YA. It's not.

I'm so mad I made a sign I liked it so much I actually wrote a review! ( )
  Adamfletcher | Jul 18, 2016 |
Brilliant! ( )
  .cris | Jun 15, 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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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)

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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