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Lamb

The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Moore, Christopher

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lamb
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 0380813815
9780380813810
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOORE
Characteristics: 444 p. ;,21 cm

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The hilarious and irreverent Moore takes on the life of Jesus from his friend Biff's perspective.

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.

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 d... Read More »


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Dec 19, 2014
  • ElijahMorgan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was not only hilarious, but also very informational. Obviously Moore takes quite a bit of artistic liberty in depicting stories and characters from not only the Christian Bible, but various other holy texts, but he does so in a way that makes it a much more enjoyable read.

Moore knows a lot about this subject matter, and it shows. There are references sprinkled throughout from everything from the Christian Apocrypha to the Bhagavad Gita, and a lot of them were lost on me during my first read through. However, reading through this book a second time after taking in the story on the first read through gives a whole new depth to it. Terrific satire, and definitely worth multiple reads.

Oct 26, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This satirical novel is entertaining, irreverent, and intellectually stimulating. The text offers the reader both an element of escapism and a commentary on Christianity. With language and situations ranging from humorous to slightly offensive, Christopher Moore provides a diverse and engaging backdrop for his novel. A delightful read that allows the reader to interact with the characters and what they represent on numerous levels.

Oct 23, 2014
  • YAOWEN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Funny and hilarious. A great historical fiction for someone who doesn't know Christianity too well. I think he did do his research and this makes the content more meaty. Something I won't introduce to a Christian like my mom, though. lol

Sep 01, 2014

This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's also the only book I own in three different formats. Moore is sarcastic and hilariously funny. Biff's character is a masterpiece. My first and eternally favorite Moore book.

Jul 21, 2014
  • neshamah18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Possibly the funniest, irreverent book I've ever read!

May 28, 2014
  • L1tL0ver rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Humorous yet thoughtful. I was surprised by how much I liked this book.

May 21, 2014

It appears that Moore is one of those “hit or miss” authors for me. I was less than thrilled with Practical Demon Keeping and Blood Sucking Fiends, yet I loved this book. Biff’s snark factor really tied it all together for me.

May 12, 2014
  • strowbridgealford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is hilarious! As a PK, it was very amusing to see this funny description of the "missing years" for Jesus' adolescence and early adulthood.

Apr 27, 2014
  • JAYPAM rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

With creativity and humour, Moore fills in the blanks of Jesus' first thirty years from the perspective of Biff, Jesus' best buddy. Style is "Monty Python-esque". Some may consider the tale irreverent.

Jun 19, 2013
  • tdmenten1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As always, Moore "retells" a story with great humor and a clever flip on perspective. I really liked Levi, the one who is called Biff - he is definitely the yang to Joshua's yin - and the friendship between the characters feels genuine. And Maggie (aka Mary Magdalene) is treated with respect and is recognized for what she was - an intellectual, an equal to the apostles, and one of Josh's most trusted advisers. The Afterword is worth a read.

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Jul 25, 2012
  • mothersbam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I've tried to get the angel to watch MTV so I can learn the vocabulary of your music, but even with the gift of tongues, I'm having trouble learning to speak hip-hop. Why is it that one can busta rhyme or busta move anywhere but you must busta cap in someone's ass? Is "ho" always feminine, and "muthafucka" always masculine, while "bitch" can be either? How many peeps in a posse, how much booty before baby got back, do you have to be all that to get all up in that, and do I need to be dope and phat to be da bomb or can I just be "stupid"? I'll not be singing over any dead mothers until I understand.”

Jul 25, 2012
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“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 an adventure, may this song sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books reveal 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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"It's wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs."

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Apr 07, 2010

Lighthearted satire of the life of Christ - from his childhood days up to his crucifixion.

Oct 03, 2009

Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus) and his pal Biff go on a journey looking for three wise men so that Joshua can better understand what he is supposed to do as Messiah.

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