Saramago’s Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph. Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert. In the wilderness he tussles not with the. Or is our knowledge more a product of myth and legend? José Saramago’s fictional account of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ provides. A retelling of Jesus Christ’s life not as the holiest man in the universe but as a man, an everyday man, who is reluctant to take on the duties.

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If you are a hardcore Catholic and cannot stomach sacrilege of any form, stop reading now.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ original title: This site uses Akismet to accorxing spam. May I recommend another Portuguese author?

The novel ends with Jesus’s realization that God’s plan, and the ensuing centuries of torture, slaughter, and misery that Christianity will bring, will proceed despite his efforts. One would get the feeling that this book is the inverted new testament. For how can there be any good if evil is nil? How to Write a Methodology.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

True enough, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tried their best to chronicle the, uhm, adventures of Jesus, but still, what they goepel written are what they have seen and what they can remember. What does it really mean to forgive, or to sin, and what role does human feeling play in these actions? He leaves the family and Nazareth and makes his way saramagp Jerusalem, where he visits the Templethence to Bethlehem.

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The book begins with Jesus’s conception by Mary and Josephin the spiritual presence of God.

This event had a profound impact on Saramago’s life. I think Seeing should be read after Blindness. The novel raises questions like: Technical Writer Job Description.

What else is implied by the idea of the Judeo-Christian God? Your little comment on Dan Brown just makes me feel better about not reading him, haha. Beyond providing a rebellious interpretation of the Christ story, Saramago delves into theology and questions about the human nature in an accessible way; something that has rarely been achieved in the past.

This book re-imagines the life of Jesus Christusing the events depicted in the canonical gospels as a scaffold accroding which to construct its story. He gets himself arrested, repeatedly calling himself King of the Jews. Review of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx teh Crake.

It is not exactly a sequel, but the too takes place after the events in the latter. This is one of the Saramagos I want to read, though. And I like the title! You might like it ; Like Like. There are four gospels like any other Catholic knows, but have you not ever wondered back in those early, early days what really went on inside the head of Jesus? Retrieved 28 March I remebered Fernado Pessoa has also a very good prose book: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


It is a courageous, wise, and powerful work. You will not forgive the Devil because making him side with You will render your throne, the good side, worthless.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago

I have not read Dan Brown; I have nothing against him. Having heard news of John the Baptistwho was put to death not chhrist preaching the coming of the Messiah but allegedly for disapproving of King Herod’s incestuous marriage, Jesus decides that his own death could tge obscure his divine nature and thus thwart God’s plan. There is too much to say about the theme, and this minor writing is not enough.

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