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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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The book is the definition of irreverent. Christopher Moore does for the Bible what Carl Hiaasen does for Florida. Laugh out loud funny, a thought provoking imagining of what if the Son of God and his best friend were just a couple of kids from the neighborhood. Perhaps not for those who can't take a little good-natured poking at their faith, but boy oh boy does a lot of it make sense! ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Didn't think I'd like this, but it was not the sarcastic account of Christ's life that I thought it would be. Actually well researched, and the author is very specific about what he took liberties with and what he tried to remain true to - he's right that there is very little written about Christ's early years, and his account is really funny as well as thought-provoking. It was not irreverent at all, although a tried and true bible-thumper might not like it. A book you might want to pick up and read to judge for yourself. I actually learned a bit about how things probably were culturally during the time period. Some fun word-play, something I always like. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
Very imaginative miind Mr Moore has. Some parts I lauged out loud. Lol ( )
  JerseyGirl21 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Not to everyone's taste, but I loved Moore's retelling of the Jesus story from the viewpoint of the not-so-very-reverent-yet-incredibly-faithful Levi (or Biff). I laughed, I cried...well, no, I didn't cry, but I did laugh out loud (which only a few writers inspire me to do) and the parts that were touching were, I thought, effectively touching. And I thought it was interesting that Moore began with the premise that Jesus was, indeed, who he said he was (son of God, Messiah). Read it! And if you like this one, Moore has many other novels tackling other religious, mythical, cultural icons (Coyote, Death, and those ever-lovable vampires). (This is the second time I've read this novel, actually, in preparation for a book group. There aren't many novels I'd read twice, either...) ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Like many other reviewers, I found the first and last parts of the book were great. The middle, however, felt forced. Overall, a good satire, and an interesting take on the story of Jesus. ( )
  joyhclark | Jan 20, 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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Stevens, FisherNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balder, Hugo E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baranger, LucTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estrella, JuanjoTranslatorsecondary 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)

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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A humorous, speculative novel fills in the lost years of Jesus' life, told from the perspective of Biff, his childhood best friend.

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