LAMB: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
The first Moore novel I read, "Fool", turned out to be my worst read of
2011, but I decided to give his work another chance before giving up on
it for good. I especially reserved "Lamb" to read for Lent, expecting to
dislike it, for pointless mentions of sex and for blasphemy, but I'm
glad I gave Moore a second chance [although "Lamb" did have numerous
mentions of sex].
"Lamb" tells us the story of Jesus', or Joshua
in Hebrew, "lost years" from the age of 1 to 33, as told by his best
friend Levi who is called Biff. It may be improbable, but given the
little that is known about that period of time, who is to say that it
was impossible? To enjoy the tale, one needs to view it not as a result
of serious religious contemplation, but rather as entertainment.
the story is not only about Joshua, but about Biff. Biff represents the
ugly in all of us, our lust, our envy, but he is also that part of
ourselves who try to be better despite our failings. And Joshua is
always there at our side to accept us as we are.
think "Lamb" is a story about friendship, loyalty, and love. Who else
but a friend would follow you wherever you went, to try and protect you
from harm, to support you and cheer you up, who would share your
suffering, who would place your well-being first and his second? Anyone
who has a Biff in their life is lucky, and should be grateful for that