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

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

by Christopher Moore


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380813810
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 45,209
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of the novels Secondhand Souls, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and Lamb. He lives in San Francisco, California.


Hawaii and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1958

Place of Birth:

Toledo, Ohio

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Lamb 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 943 reviews.
James Rogers More than 1 year ago
Having read "Fluke" and "Lust Lizard," I was already a big Chris Moore fan. But as a Christian, I fully expected to be offended by this book. Didn't happen. Sure, there's some strange stuff here -- wouldn't be Moore if it wasn't . But in the end, he pretty much gets it right! I found myself at times wiping away the tears of laughter and thinking, "Ya know, it coulda happened just like that." Maybe. I teach Sunday School and Bible studies, and I believe every Christian with a sense of humor should read this book! Those of you who don't have a sense of humor should probably skip it.
morebooksforme More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very funny. The hijinks that Biff and Josh get into is nothing short of fall on the floor laughing funny. The random humor interpieced with factual accounts of Jesus' travels makes the book completely worth the money. If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, this is the one for you. Most people will appreciate the religous comedy if they have a sense of humor themselves. Not reccommended for the die-hard religous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my absolute favorite books. It is hilariously funny, respectful, and somewhat philosophical. Religiously, if you are ultra-conservative about your beliefs, this will not be your cup of tea. If you can see the absurdity in certain aspects of life, and have an open mind, you will love this book without a doubt!
Crisha More than 1 year ago
This is a very charming book that made me laugh out loud so many times. I fell in love with Biff with his humor and loyalty. I did shed a tear at the end but I believe most people would. This book is not to be taken seriously but it does make you wonder how Jesus life was as a child growing up. Did he really put lizards in his mouth :)!?...I miss the characters and wish the book didn't end. It's an easy read and I promise you won't forget to recommend it to someome.
Shahana More than 1 year ago
I'd read Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel" and "Fluke" before I found this book. I'll admit, I was very skeptical when I started it. I think I expected something a bit more blasphemous, but I was surprised. Moore does a great job of poking fun at one of the most important events in Christian faith without contradicting and insulting it....much. It's definately not a book I'd recommend to anyone unwilling to give him some creative license, because there are some portions that might bother those too sensitive about their faith (such as when Jesus's little brother keeps bashing a lizard with a rock just to watch him bring it back to life again). However, if you can accept it for what it is, you might love it!

Christopher Moore's books tend to be completely absurd on the outside, but under that you can find deep, meaning-of-life stuff too. I recommend it for anyone who likes something quirky, strange, and seriously funny!
judeOK More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I purchased several copies as Christmas gifts last December. I don't think I've ever read a more endearing account of the young Jesus. Not only is it laugh-out-loud hilarious; it's also a sweet and, in it's odd way, a quite believable account if only in spirit and not substance. Biff's fierce devotion to Joshua and his complete derision for the angel Raziel makes for a completely new approach to a story we're all familiar with. I've heard some suggest this book is sacreligious but I think it's one of the most sweetly written and "Christian" stories I've ever come across.
Celebrytie More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books Ive read in a long time. Kept me laughing out loud!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever and heartfelt, Moore does it again. Glad to make this my first Nook book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is funny ALL the way through. He will have you rolling on the floor laughing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe I should have been offended, but I was too busy laughing to think about it much. Christopher Moore is genious at taking this approach with Jesus' missing years. He still was the good guy in the end. By making Biff be the mischevious friend, Jesus gets let off the hook for experiencing these things with Biff. Placing Jesus in the middle of these kinds of situations and still having him come out being the man he was in the end was (an could probably only be) pulled off by Mr. Moore. I completely get it! I am completely sure that there will be many offended by this book. Please people, READ REVIEWS. I read through many for this book, and almost all said that if you are devout anything or easily offended by anything poking a little fun, this is not for you. Please heed this warning and if this is you, do not waste your time or money as you will be disappointed. This also has many situations that are completely inappropriate for the young. I loved this look at Jesus (and of course Biff). Please remember that this is a not so serious look at a very serious story, and remember that God did give us humor. Also remember that in the end, Mr. Moore got it right and maybe, just maybe gave us a different look at what made jesus the man he was. Thank you Christopher Moore for your wonderful imagination!! SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best fictitious recountings of Jesus' early life. Lamb does an excellent job displaying the mystery of divinity and humanity. This is also one of the funniest novels I've ever read and re-read.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
I always wondered what Jesus was doing before he started his ministry. Now, thanks to his boyhood friend Biff, we finally know...
Christopher Moore is an extremely talented, slightly disturbed, very funny genius and I worship at his alter of bizarre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I thought 'Interesting, the childhood of Jesus. Something no other author has really touched on. Great idea'. And so I read it. Not only did this book turn out to be absolutely hilarious, but it had a good point. Some people think this is probably blasphemous and whatnot, but what I got out of this book is that Jesus was just like all of us. Christopher Moore makes Jesus human in this book, really human, He's not portrayed as that divine perfection crap that they always tell us in school. This is a book that makes you think, and any book that can do that alone is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Christopher Moore book I read and now I have them all! This book is a great alternative story of the missing 18 years of Jesus' life from the Bible. If you are easily offended by off-color humor or gentle poking fun of Christianity, this book is not for you. Enjoy!
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
While I was certainly entertained from the first page to the last, and the story provided more than a few laughs, I wasn’t as entertained as I thought I would be. The tale proved every bit as imaginatively creative as the name implied, and Christopher Moore managed to take more than a few liberties along the way, which did serve to heighten my enjoyment of said story. But I never felt it achieved its promise of being a literary masterpiece, especially when early on Joshua had stuffed lizards in his mouth, after his brother had popped them on the head with a rock. Biff was a character worthy of his name. By the end of LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST’S CHILDHOOD PAL, he managed to have more sex than a prostitute in a Las Vegas whorehouse, get in more trouble than the snake in the Garden of Eden, spout off more one-liners than an action hero, and provide more comedy than many comedic performances. Yet, his character still held a certain amount of emptiness by the end of this grandiose tale. And he never fully reached the promise of his tornado-like status. But, on the other hand, this novel managed to take some darker moments in Joshua’s life and add a bit of lighthearted appeal, and in the end, that’s where much of the charm in this book lies. Only it fails a bit in reaching even its own lofty expectations. Still this proved to be an enjoyable read, as long as you don’t take Biff, or the story itself, too seriously. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Each character was a delight. Moved quickly and was a beautiful look at a world long gone and so revered that we forget people have had a sense of humor for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If more christians read lamb perhaps they would take their differences less seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Christopher Moore, funny and thought provoking at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Biff is us and we are him and Jesus loves us anyway and God does have a sense of humor. Don't expect spiritual transformation, this is pure entertainment, but Mr. Moore did his homework, kept true to Jesus, and "forgives us our trespasses" for being human.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jesus with humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! But it was like eating chips. My good angel was on one shoulder saying i really should stop eating and the less than perfect one on the other side enjoying the salty, fattening treat. Mouth full, saying "more, don't stop!".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. It was humerous, it was emotional, it was amazing. The whole retelling of the story according to Biff gives an interesting way to look at the story of Jesus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way Christopher Moore fills in the missing 30 years of Jesus's life is wonderful. He does it in such a way to shine light on Christ's humanity. He does this by showing that Christ isn't above hitting his friend for an off color comment, much like we would today. This book is a great read and I recommend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Human, Hilarious – But Still Holy -- Son of God So here’s the thing: you have got to have a sense of humor in order to like this book. If you’re one of those people who get offended at the mere suggestion that Jesus might have cracked a joke or had bodily functions just like the rest of us, then this book is not for you. But if you can suspend disbelief for a while (which is what reading fiction is all about, after all) to imagine that Jesus was a normal human being who spoke in modern American idiom, cussed a bit, and was curious about sex (although never indulging in it himself) but who also happened to be the Son of God, then you’ll find a lot of laughs and even a bit of genuine holiness in this book. This story of the Messiah is told from the perspective of Jesus’ childhood friend, Levi (also known as Biff), who has been resurrected into modern American society in order to write a new Gospel. Biff recalls his life with Jesus in a series of flash-backs, interspersed with hilarious present-day interactions with the rather dim-witted angel who is his chaperon. Biff relates how he and Jesus go off together to study with the three magi who followed the star to Bethlehem to witness Jesus’ birth (which also conveniently fills in the 20-year gap where there is no mention of Jesus in the Bible from the age of 12 to 30). Along the way, they pick up knowledge of yoga, kung fu, and explosives, and happen to invent modern-day cultural concepts such as sarcasm, latté, and the tradition of Jews going out for Chinese food on Christmas Day. It would make a great comedy movie, except it would probably be considered too “controversial” for any modern-day producer to attempt. Even in the midst of all this craziness, the author has obviously done a lot of research to genuinely depict life as it probably was in first-century Jewish society. For example, Jesus is referred to throughout the whole story as Joshua (Josh for short, of course), because that is what he would have been called in Hebrew. The author also stays true to Jesus’ ministry as it is depicted in the Gospels, and portrays him as a pure, sweet soul who is determined to fulfill his holy mission, although he is a little bewildered about how he is supposed to carry it out.  None of the hilarity in this book is enough to prevent Joshua from meeting his ultimate fate, of course, but it does help to give a poignant humanity to the whole Passion story.   If you can depart from the traditional views of Jesus, you’ll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Divinity personified by his brother from another mother. It's certainly my favorite Gospel!!!