Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.
I have been with my partner for 2 years and 9 months, and during nearly that entire time, he has been asking me to read one of his favorite books, Lamb. Though I’d started it several times, I’d never gotten to the meat of it until this time around, and I’m glad I did.
The premise of the book is summed up rather well by its subtitle: Christ’s childhood best friend is asked to write one of the missing gospels explaining exactly what Jesus did from ages 12 until 30, a time period omitted by the New Testament. And thus, Biff offers his memories on exactly how Joshua (Christ) accepted that he was the Messiah, by visiting the three wise men to learn about the world, and then returning eventually to be crucified.
This book is highly readable and enjoyable, with a great many jokes- the angel watching over Biff to make sure he completes his work is entraced by soap operas, for example- and you should expect to get out of it exactly what you’re looking for, just as Moore alludes to in his blessing:
(Joshua) “No wankers. I’ve got it: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.”(Biff) “Okay, better. What are you going to give them?”“A fruit basket.”“You can’t give the meek the whole earth and these guys a fruit basket.”“Give them the kingdom of heaven.”“The poor in spirit got that.”“Everybody gets some.”“Okay then, ‘share the Kingdom of Heaven,’ ” I wrote it down.“We could give the fruitbasket to the dumbf*cks.”“NO DUMBF*CKS!”“Sorry, I just feel for them.”“You feel for everyone, Josh. It’s your job.”“Oh yeah. I forgot.