Lamb is the story of Jesus’s life told from the persepective of his best friend Levi who is called Biff. It fills in all the gaps in Jesus’s life from his birth until the Gospels when he was 30. That’s a lot of years and Christopher Moore fills them in with great adventures…that in the end, kind of make sense.
Joshua (Jesus’s real name) knows he is the son of God, but he doesn’t know exactly what that means for him or what he’s supposed to do about it. So Joshua and Biff set out to find the Magi who were present at his birth to find out what he is supposed to learn and how he is supposed to become the messiah. Along the way, Joshua fights a demon, befriends a yeti, learns yoga, studies other cultures, religions and languages and creates the new style of martial arts known as Jew-do…which later becomes Judo.
And Biff fills us in on all sorts of information…like why Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas, what the H in Jesus H. Christ stands for, what actually happened to Judas after he betrayed Jesus and who really invented sarcasm.
While I was reading this book, I was talking to Nicole and she said “It really made me care about Jesus. Wait…that sounded bad.” But I knew exactly what she meant…because I was thinking the same thing. I went to Catholic school my whole life and Jesus has been a constant for me since I was a child…but he was almost mythical…a presence…a spirit. But reading this book made me think of Jesus as a person…which is what he was once. He was a kid and a teenager and a twenty year old. He grew up and he had a family and friends and chores and a job before he became the messiah. I guess I never really thought about it like that before.
Obviously, this story is fiction…and it’s probably blasphemy. But it’s also a great story and very funny. I highly recommend it.