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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
By Christopher Moore
Completed July 3, 2007

Disclaimer: Lamb is a piece of fiction. The author is not proposing or even theorizing about Christ’s youth. He is merely writing a story. If you don’t like fictional tales about Christ, if you want to smite Dan Brown, if you believe that He could not have cussed, procreated or gotten drunk, then skip this novel. It is not for you.

Okay, on with the review.

What was Christ like as a child, teenager or a young man? The Bible documents much about his birth, his ministry and his death, but there’s a sizeable gap about his younger years. It’s that gap that Christopher Moore decides to fill with a very humorous story about Jesus’s younger years, told by his fictional best pal, Biff.

Biff befriends Jesus (who goes by his Jewish nickname, Josh, in this story) when they were six years old. At the age of 13, Josh decides to journey out to learn more about his place as the Messiah. Biff joins him, and together, they travel to meet the three wise men who came to the manger when Josh was born.

First, they meet Balthasar, who instructs the boys about the teachings of Tao and Confucius. After spending several years with him, they journey to China to meet Gaspar, who lives in a Buddhist monastery where the young men learn martial arts and meditation. Finally, they go to India to meet with Melchior, who teaches them the intricacies of Hinduism and yoga. With all of this knowledge, Josh returns to Israel to take his place as the Messiah. The story continues with Josh’s ministry, his adoption of disciples and apostles, and finally his crucifixion.

Biff is fiercely loyal, incredibly funny and very human in this story. As my disclaimer above states, this book will not be for everyone. If you can separate your religious beliefs from the fiction of this story, I think you will find Lamb to be a very enjoyable book. ( )


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a fun read! I loved the disclaimer (hopefully it will do its job and prevent flaming comments!)
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I so want to read this book; I had a student recommend it as a funny read. Great review.
Jul. 8th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I can'tluck

I can't be bothered with anything these days, but shrug. I just don't have anything to say recently.


Jul. 11th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know your review was up. I love the disclaimer you wrote at the start :)

It sounds like a really fun book, I will definately put it on my list and try and get a copy in the next couple of months (I have maxed out my book buying lately oops).
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
I have had this one on my TBR for about forever. Sounds really good, I am going to have to get to it. =)
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