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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For how can there be any good if evil is nil? Those who are willing to give these ideas a little thought will find The Gospel According to Jesus Christ even more rewarding.

A Review of José Saramago’s ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Christ’

Although I am not, never was, and never will be a Catholic, I am not an atheist as well. Jesus is initially against what he sees as a selfish plan bound accorrding lead to great suffering of many, but is made to see that he actually has no choice in the matter.

They cannot truly record what Jesus felt because they are not, well, Jesus. One day out on the Sea by himself, he is visited by God and the devil. Called O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo in the original Portuguese version that was published inthis book was released in English in the year How to Speak English Fluently. Later, when Jesus turns thirteen, Joseph is crucified by the Romans who mistakenly think him to be a Zealot fighter. Hi Joana, thanks for the recommendation. Jesus makes his way back home through the Sea of Galilee where he discovers an amazing talent to catch myriads of fish, and Magdala where he meets and falls in love with Mary Magdalenethen continues back home to Nazareth.


From the night of his father’s death, Jesus inherits his nightmare.

But really, this is still fiction, and I think this will leave the sarqmago in a kind of spell, not without some doubts or a bit of thinking for the provocative narrative that the author has laid out in, some parts, a disconcertingly funny way. His last words from the cross, in referring to God, are “Men, forgive Him, for He knows not what He has done. He learns about the massacre from his mother, and grows aloof from his family, amongst whom he can no longer live peacefully.

He remained there until he died in Review of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

And I like the title! The Devil is my favorite character here. As described in the Gospel of MatthewHerod the Great receives a premonition of the birth of the ” King of the Jews ” in the biblical account of Matthew, he is informed by the Magi ; in the book, however, he is visited in his dreams by the prophet Micah. Jesus survives, but his father, Josephwho has learned of accordign plan, neglects to warn the other families in the village, ensuring that his son is safe first, and is plagued by nightmares for the rest of his life.

This is one of the Saramagos I want to read, though.

In the first hundred or so pages of the novel, the main character appears to be the carpenter Joseph, the father of Jesus, the man. You might like it ; Like Like.

Jesus Christ is just another man – The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago | BR /

I have not read Dan Brown; I have nothing against him. It is perhaps not surprising that The Gospel According to Jesus Christ generated mixed reactions when it was published in There is too much to say about the theme, and this minor writing is not enough. You might like it. Thanks for dropping by! He understands what God wants in a manner when one cannot really do anything about it, so he tries as much as he could to sympathize and be a real father to Jesus.


From Wikipedia, the saramzgo encyclopedia. The novel raises questions like: After Joseph’s death, the readers follow Gowpel throughout the course of his life, and Saramago pays particular attention to the psychological effects that being the son of God might have on a person.

What does the existence of other religions mean for any one religion in particular? Retrieved 16 May There was silence, God and the Devil confronted each other for the first time, both giving the impression of being about to say something, but nothing happened. The novel proved controversial, [1] especially among the Roman Catholic Churchaccusing Saramago of having a “substantially anti-religious vision”.

Casual readers will find a lot to think about in Saramago’s gospel as it points out the consequences of Jesus’ life and crucifixion. It is not a book that tries too hard. I also think accirding I have blasphemed enough.