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

by Christopher Moore

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 23, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is rated 4.7907 out of 5 by 43.

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 Joshuafrom 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.81 in

Published: January 23, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0380813815

ISBN - 13: 9780380813810

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Moore's work (one of my favs!) on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2012/01/lamb-gospel-according-to-biff-christs.html
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This is one of my favorite books. I laughed out loud and even cried the first time I read it and even after reading it several times since, I still laugh and cry. Christopher Moors is a genius and I can honestly say that every one of his books is a gift. I decided to try the audio book as I travel a great deal by car and it's better than trying to find a radio station. I was NOT disapointed! As entertaining as I hoped for and loads of fun. Fisher Stevens does an excellent job of conveying the right amount of innocence for Joshua and sarcasm for Biff. Truely a great buy!
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scripturelicious When a friend insisted that I read this book, I thought to myself, “how could it be better than the original gospels?” Christopher Moore creates a humorous “what-if” story based on one of the greatest stories ever told. Biff is reminiscent of comically sidekicks throughout history and despite his language, makes the story very charming and innocent. I find myself shouting “Hey, is that a seagull” whenever I want to change the subject in a conversation now. Having gone through Catholic school, familiarity with stories like the wedding at Cana, make Moore’s take that much funnier. I’m not sure how readers would find the story if they aren’t familiar with the new testament, but there is enough “middle” story to this book, that knowing scripture isn’t as important as just knowing who Jesus is. Moore makes a great point in the message from the author, in which he insists that if a comical book like this can shake your faith, you’ve got a lot of praying to do. This book in no way is to be taken seriously, but makes for some very interesting conversation among those friends of mine who have read it. Lamb is the funniest book I have read in a long time, I look forward to reading more Christopher Moore.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This isn't the Jesus story you know! I love Christopher Moore. I think he's brilliant and irreverent and ironic and hilarious and he's a wonderful author with a completely unique perspective. This book is just as funny as all his other books. The title gives you a pretty good idea what you'll get from this book. It's not exactly the version of the story about Jesus you may be familiar with, because Biff isn't like the other disciples. He's rude, crude and completely self-absorbed. He takes full advantage of being the best friend of the saviour to get everything he possibly can. We go along with Jesus [known in this story as Joshua] and Levi [known as Biff] through the early years none of the gospels currently available detail. Jesus is mostly the Jesus we know, although he has his "dumb young boy" moments. But the star of this story is really Biff. Biff, who speads weeks having sex with prostitutes while Josh listens from the next room so he can learn "what sin feels like" without partaking himself, having been forbidden to do so by an angel from the Lord. Biff, who cons, scams and bamboozles whatever he feels Joshua needs to have to fulfill his destiny. Biff, who's smart mouth and disrespect for everyone but Joshua frequently gets him into trouble. Biff, who loves Joshua and believes in his mission completely and without question. Biff is a character with many facets, but it's hard not to like him overall. The story is irreverent and sarcastic, but, as is always the case with Moore, there is an underlying wisdom, thoughtfulness and truth to what happens, what's said and done, and what ultimately happens at the end. The humour of the story - another Moore trademark is constant, clever, witty and delightful. I laughed out loud all the way through and highly recommend this as a great read - UNLESS you are easily offended. In that case, stay away from all Christopher Moore books!
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! Okay I'm going to come straight. I Do Not Like To Read. I was skeptical at first, I thought that this book would be another boring book that i would read half way through but it wasn't it wasn't the case. This book caught my attention right away, with the interesting cover and the opening chapter. There are many funny phrases and lines in this book. This books tells the story of Jesus's childhood and his journeys with his friend Biff. Christopher Moore did a great job on this book, and you can see it in this book. He makes you imagine every single part of the story he is telling, this is the only book that has every done that for me. I would love to see a film on this book. In the future I plan to read more books from Christopher Moore and also pass it down to my children. I Recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh and people who want to have fun reading experience.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suprisingly Great Let me say this upfront, I detest reading with a passion, but Lamb has made me look at books in a whole other light.Going into the book I really didn't know what to expect from it, but that changed soon. It was a amazing parody, Moore knew excatly how to use a referance for the maximum amount of humor. But at the same time knowing how to change the mood to serious just as swiftly.Lamb has wholesome values and emotion to it. Even though there are ties to religion within the novel anyone can jsut pick up and enjoy.
Date published: 2010-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is an Amusing Book I never liked reading, until I picked this book up. Lamb is an amazing book about the fictional story of Jesus' lost years. it's a funny and witty satire. It has everything a book can offer.It's cute, heart warming and brings you closer to Christ, himself. Christopher Moore put a lot of effort and research into the book, and it shows in his writing. His writing style is unique, simple, and always a joy to read. Summary: Childhood pal of the Savior, Biff has been revived by the angels, to write about the Lost Years of the Messiah. Take a look into their journey which includes, magic, healing, living dead, demons, Kung Fu and hot girls. Read and discover the little things like, the birth of sarcasm and coffee, why bunnies are associated with Easter and how to choose a harlot. Journey with Biff and Joshua (Jesus' real name, according to Biff) to find enlightenment and wisdom. This book to me is an instant classic. I hope to see a film of this novel in the future. It leaves you with joy and wanting to read more and more and more.
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book about Jesus' Lost Years I didn't like reading before, but after reading this book, that all changed. The story of Jesus' lost years is an amazing read. It has everything that I enjoy. The adult humor is witty and hilarious.As you read along, you'll discover the little things like the birth of sarcasm, Jew-do, birth of coffee, how bunnies became associated with Easter and many more. The author, Christopher Moore has done many research for this book and it shows in his writing. He points out misconceptions of the bible and at the same time, teaches us what religion is all about. He's fun and careful on what he says Summary: Biff, The Messiah's best friend has been revived by the angels to compete the bible by writing about the lost years of the Messiah's journey.The journey includes, magic, healing, kung fu, demons, and hot girls. Read as Biff and his good pal, the Messiah journey to find knowledge to save the people. Instant Classic, I hope to see this as a movie.
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best spoof book ever written! I could read this book over and over and over again. It's just that good. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will likely want to call it your new Bible (it's better than the original). Moore knows how to poke fun without insulting. Well, I'm sure someone was insulted but they're probably a stuck up prude anyway. This book tells the story of a Jesus that is actually far more believable than what's in the Bible. It's entertaining and informative and yet still gets a message across. The same message that the Bible is meant to give and that same message the people twist and abuse to suit their own needs. Everyone should read this book and learn a thing or two about being kind and full of laughter.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Moly Biff, Jesus’ best friend, is brought back to life in our age to write his own Gospel. His story begins when they are children and chronicles their adventures until it meets up to the stories we were taught from the New Testament. There are laugh out loud moments, as you find in all Moore novels, but there are also sad and tender moments. Christopher Moore never disappoints, and showed tremendous courage in undertaking this task, to make up the years from Jesus’ life on which almost nothing is known. I wasn’t sure if he could pull it off. He did. I enjoyed the whole book but I loved the ending. Biff is a keeper. Let's hope Moore brings him back somehow. Good job Mr. Moore!
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Extremely Funny! I loved this book. It was one of the funniest stories I have ever read. I think it would be an awesome movie.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Moore Please! This book made me almost laugh, think about other people's religion's AND made me laugh so hard that sometimes people thought I was losing my mind. The book is mostly about this guy named Biff, who when he was small made friends with this other boy named josh. Josh is just like any other boy, well other then the fact he can all these cool things ( like bring dead lizards back to life after his younger brother kills them) but he's also the son of God. Growing up isn't easy for The Son of god and his best friend. Dealing with Heart break, family issues and sinning Biff helps Josh see the world and keep him pure. This book fits so great with the idea's of Jesus being for the fact that in the bible, that you only hear anything about Josh is when he's 12-13 and then way later in his 30's.... this book kinda fills in the blanks in a great funny way. This book is great for anyone from any religion (or no religion for that fact). One book you'll be happy you read.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yep, this will offend some, but not all. This is a funny book. Definitely NOT for people who have very strong Christian beliefs and are offended by anything contreversial, this book is NOT for you then. Otherwise, this book might even make you go "hmm...imagine that...what if...." definitely an interesting book.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like with Moore's other books, I was amused As one would expect from Christopher Moore, Lamb was funny. I don't think it was disparaging or sacriligous, and nor was it preachy. All in all, one should not be turned off by the Christian content (either because you're a staunch athiest or Christian). One problem I did have with the book, was that people either thought I was reading the Bible or The Game. Either way, people gave me wierd looks. In summary, the gift edition may not be suitable for reading in public places, though it is a very nice edition.
Date published: 2009-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and irreverent! Christopher Moore is always funny, but his portrayal of Christ as a child and young man, as told by his irreverent friend Biff, is absolutely hilarious. These two young Jewish men, along with the help of their friend Mary (yes, the Magdalene), endure the usual trials of adolescence, but with a twist: Jesus is the Son of God. As such, he must experience certain things, such as sex, vicariously. Curious as any adolescent, he asks his heroic friend to describe the experience to him. Of course, Biff finds the task onerous, and must make the sacrifice of being with many prostitutes before he feels that he can properly explain it to Jesus! This is just one of many sacrifices that Biff, hero of his own story, makes for the Son of God. The two friends are thick as thieves as they attempt to discover Jesus' role as the Son of God. Escapades, narrow escapes, near tragedies, and, of course, young love are all part of this rollicking tale.
Date published: 2008-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought this book was clever, funny and was very impressed by Christopher Moore's comic timing- I had tears in my eyes more than once from laughing so hard! What a great read!
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny! Hilariously funny, but also surprisingly touching in many parts. Really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not At ALL What I Was Hoping For I feel so out of place writing a bad review amongst all the 4 and 5 star ones, but I really, really, REALLY did not like this book. It was rather funny in some parts, but not enough to keep me going. I found it tedious, preachy and not at all the side-splitting funny I was hoping for. It could be because I'm not a religious person, but I found the biblical humor redundant and dry.
Date published: 2008-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This book is absolutey hilarious, clever, well written, and thoroughly enjoyable! Christopher Moore's sense of comedic timing is wonderful! He throws in his humour when you least expect it making it all the more funny! The interaction and banter between the characters is believable and charming. Although there were a couple slow spots for me, overall it was one of the best reading experiences I've had in a long time! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2008-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bible as it should be If this isn't a true gospel, it should be. Funny and philosophical, gentle and cruel. Any book that than make me laugh and ponder the deeper questions of life is worth the time
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book has a fun mixture of modern ideas (high school, teenagers) with historical facts. I laughed so hard during the first few chapters that a friend watching me said, "Breathe".
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Irreverant, but very funny! This book was recommended to me by a woman I met at work, it sounded like it was worth a try and I've not been disappointed! It's hilarious and very "revealing" - who ever thought the early life of Jesus could be so entertaining?! Give it a try and you'll become the biggest Christopher Moore fan!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Witty This book was the source of a lot of laugh out loud moments paired with thought provoking human emotion and experience. This author takes the story of Jesus during his childhood and pairs him with a great best friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh and a great and easy read.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic, Funny and Poignant Lamb is one of the greatest comedy books ever written. Moore has created a masterpeice of fiction and a very comical take on the New Testament. Although the idea of this book may seem a little bit sacreligious and at times may even come across that way, the ending has a very wonderful message that anyone, whether Christian or not will understand. Biff, the "author" of these works is a fresh and exciting character who answers the age old question of what happened during the missing years of Christ's life. Moore is a fantastic author and this is the pinnacle of his works. This is highly recommended for everyone. A wonderful and lugh-out-loud read.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hilariously Religious Experience Ever wonder what Jesus might have been like when he was growing up? So did Christopher Moore. Not much was written about his childhood, so Moore offers his hysterically absurd yet surprisingly poignant take on what "Joshua" might have been like. Guided by Joshua's best friend, Biff, we get to go along with the boys as they try and figure out what it means to be the "Messiah" and more importantly, what it means to be human. Along the way, the boys encounter a number of strange and intriguing sights, smells and sounds - as well as the odd kung-fu master and a demon - that shaped who they would eventually become. Moore uses a clever mix of traditional, Biblical phrases with modern day colloquialisms, making for an easy, enjoyable read that almost makes you feel as though Joshua might have actually said a curse word or two. Lamb is an incredible, hilarious and often outrageous journey through part of a world that often seems so distant to people, even though it is so close to their hearts. Though obviously a work of fiction, Moore manages to paint such an iconic religious figure in a light that is truly relatable to the everyday person, giving him a sense of humour and a wonder and curiosity that are all part of being human. This is easily one of my favourite books and is fantastic the first, second and fifth times that you read it!
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jewdo, Yetis, and what Judas was Really Like (thebookblog.ca) Written in 2000, Moore begins Lamb with a resurrection of Biff. Being the 2000th anniversary of Christ’s influence on the world, the Almighty himself decides it is time for a new Gospel. He gives Biff the gift of tongues so he can tell his story in modern english, and the arch-angel Raziel and Biff make themselves at home in a hotel room in Jerusalem so that the man can give the world a whole new perspective on Jesus. While Raziel falls in love with Soap Operas and Wrestling on TV, Biff composes his opus. He elaborates on what happened to Jesus between the time they were seven to when they were thirty and reappeared in Galilee. We find out how hundreds of things originated, from matches to sarcasm, from the easter bunny to the idea of the Holy Ghost. For people who love to laugh, this is a great book. I would even reccomend it to those reluctant adult readers on your list, because the constant jokes will keep even slower readers moving. Lamb also isn’t necessarily for those who are religious, but the later part of the book is better understood by those more familiar with the stories. The narrative is obviously more inclined toward Christianity, but if you have grown up in a Christian society, you should be able to follow along just fine. If you’re looking for a refreshing, good laugh, pick up Lamb or any other Christopher Moore books...
Date published: 2007-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooooo Great! I loved this one. I didn't expect to enjoy it this much; the last time O laughed so hard at a book was .... Douglas Adams ... I think. Anyway ... wow. this was so great. I don't think I'll ever look at the bible in the same way again. Quick read, and very light. And if you're super conservative that you're not going to read this review anyway, so I don't need to go into the 'don't take it seriously' and 'don't be offended' jazz. What a great time I had with this one. I recommend it to everyone ... except my Grandmother.
Date published: 2007-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Absolutely one of my favorite books ever, and stands at the the only book Ive read more than two times. Characters and a story you will fall in love with, plus many laugh out loud moments as well. Highly recommended for everybody.
Date published: 2007-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my new favourtie book I enjoyed this book so much I would definately consider it my new favourite. It is so funny I laughed outloud so often I can't count and yet the plot and storytelling were so good I couldn't put the book down. I've enjoyed other Christopher Moore titles like Lamb and Bloodsucking Fiends, but he really outdid himself with this one.
Date published: 2006-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Humour!! I really enjoyed the sarcastic twists and turns.
Date published: 2006-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! This is by far one of the funniest books I have ever EVER read! I have read it around 10 times now, and I laugh each and every time! An excellent book!
Date published: 2006-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding humour in religion This book, for a girl raised in catholic schools, took an amazing view point, for me at least. It made one of the great mysteries that always bugged me (what happened while Jesus was growing up?) and turned it into something humourous, and almost plausible, if you stretch your imagination a bit. It as fantastic. You need to be able to find humour in religion, and not take it seriously. This book is for fun. Two thumbs way up, read it, you are sure to enjoy it.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deliciously Funny A clever take on a familiar story. Moore takes you on a journey of witty romps and gives new meaning to enlightenment. Definitely not a spiritual guide for the devout.
Date published: 2006-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from funniest book i've ever read this book is for anyone who has a good sense of humour and can take a joke with a grain of salt. the story tells of christ's travels with his best friend bif between the ages of 12 and 33. you'll wish it's what really happened, it makes christ seem more human, less perfect, more atainable. jesus and bif have a great friendship which is tested, and passes with flying colours. i recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh and can take a joke. read all of moore's books.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book, ever This is the funniest, most delightful book that I have ever read. It is his best book, and made me laugh out loud throughout the read. I had avoided it at first because I thought the content might offend me. Not so. Well worth the read, and even better if you can find the original hardcover. (it has an excellent author's note at the end).
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've ever read... and that's saying Read this book. Seriously. Do it. You think I'm kidding...? Think of it as a healthy alternative to the Da Vinci Code mania, laughter being the best medicine and all that.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Best Book I've Read In Years Christians with a sense of humour take note! Christopher Moore is a fantastic and funny story teller - letting us see JEsus CHrist in the light of a real human being. I laughed and cried right through this book
Date published: 2005-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from never laughed so hard I was sad to have finished this book. It was the hilight of my days while I was reading it. Forget stomache crunches, my sides hurt from laughing so much.
Date published: 2005-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As funny as Life of Brian When you tell somebody that a book is a humourous version of the story of Jesus Christ, you have to be very careful not to offend them. Fortunately, Christopher Moore's book is both very funny and strangely moving without impugning the founder of Christianity in the least. If you've ever wondered how Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett would handle the life of Christ, look no further than this book.
Date published: 2005-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life This is the funniest book ever writen! Hats off to Moore for adding levity to a lapsed Catholic's life. Today's Christianity is focused to much on Dogma and yet Moore makes us look at the human side of Jesus (actual name: Joshua) that the world never gets to see. After you read this book, you'll have a deeper sense of the fact that Jesus really was just a guy who lived all those years ago. (Plus, you'll never be able to look at a Pheonician or turtle again; trust me on that one).
Date published: 2004-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!!! This is the funniest, smartest book I've ever read. Reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore writes one hell of a good book.
Date published: 2004-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ha, this is the funniest book ever! What can I say - If you don't like this book I'll eat my socks! It's funny, absurd, hilarious and you'll be in pain for days from laughing so hard. The characters are superb and you'll find yourself trying to get everyone you've ever known to read the book too!
Date published: 2004-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suberb and touching I have been a fan of Christopher Moore for a year now. He usually writes very funny, very outrageous novels. This one is different. It tells of Jesus' childhood friend Biff who has never been mentioned in any of the traditional gospels. Biff is resurrected from the dead by an angel telling him to write his story as Jesus' best friend. The story takes place in Jesus' early teens and adulthood, a period that history has forgotten. Christopher Moore writes a very tender and very funny account of their adventures together. Some may find this subject very controversial but Chris handles it very delicately and with a reverential eye.
Date published: 2002-02-28

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

by Christopher Moore

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.81 in

Published: January 23, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0380813815

ISBN - 13: 9780380813810

From the Publisher

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 Joshuafrom 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.

About the Author

“Although many will find something offensive in this novel, which pokes fun at every major religious tradition that existed in the first century, they will find it simply impossible not to laugh.” (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

“Although many will find something offensive in this novel, which pokes fun at every major religious tradition that existed in the first century, they will find it simply impossible not to laugh.” (Booklist)