I’m so glad I finally got to read this book after multiple recommendations. It really is one of the funniest books I have read with most of the book that I was actually laughing out loud! LAMB: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore, is a great laugh. You have to have a decent sense of humor, though…..it does kind of poke fun at the Bible…hey, it’s a satire. I grew up in the church and could see how some may find it offensive, but I thought it was hilarious. The story chronicles the life Jesus for the first 30 years of his life that are not mentioned in the Bible from the perspective of Jesus’ best friend, Biff, who is far from Christ (morally speaking). Jesus and Biff grow up together, with Jesus trying to figure out how to be the Messiah and Biff trying his best to help. You don’t have to have a background in Bible or church or anything, but it helps to understand some of the puns and references.
One of my favorite passages that really got me hooked in the beginning is the start of Chapter 2, when Biff, having been raised from the dead in the modern era to write this new gospel, speaks of his task (he is being held hostage by an angel in a hotel room to write the gospel):
The angel wants me to convey more of Joshua’s [Jesus] Grace? I’m trying to write about a six-year-old, for Christ’s sakes, how much grace could he have? It’s not like Joshua walked about professing that he was the Son of God every day of the week. He was a pretty normal kid, for the most part. There was the trick he did with the lizards, and once we found a dead meadowlark and he brought it back to life, and there was the time, when we were eight, when he healed his brother Judah’s fractured skull after a game of “stone the adulteress” got out of hand. (Judah could never get the knack of being an adulteress. He’d stand there stiff as Lot’s wife. You can’t do that. An adulteress has to be wily and nimble-footed.) The miracles Joshua performed were small and quiet, as miracles tend to be, once you get used to them. But trouble came from the miracles that happened around him, without his volition, as it were. Bread and serpents come to mind.