Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. I’ve been aware of Christopher Moore for ages, own a few of his books, but haven’t gotten around to reading any of them. This was recommended to me by several people in my online book group, and, being non-religious, I knew it wouldn’t be offensive. But fair warning, if you take your religion seriously, I wouldn’t read this one.

Not that the warning is out of the way, let me just say this book is hilarious. Mary Magdalene wants to grow up to be a fisherman, but she instead ends up as a fisher of men. Ha! The story follows Jesus (or Joshua, in this book) and his best friend Levi (called Biff) as children all the way through the end. They travel together to discover other religions, ethnicities, and plenty of women (although Joshua doesn’t partake). All these travels make Joshua learn the true meaning of diversity and inclusion.

Once their travels are finished, they return home and then the general plot of Jesus’s remaining years, according to the Bible, is resumed. We meet Judas and Pontius Pilate. We see the “end” of Joshua’s life, although there are some twists that are, of course, not in the Bible.

I’m sure there were a lot of jokes that I didn’t get simply because my knowledge of the Bible is pretty bare bones, but I really enjoyed this book. Given the above warning, decide if this book is for you or not, but if so, you’ll get a good laugh out of it.

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