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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It is perhaps not surprising that The Gospel According to Jesus Christ generated mixed reactions when it was published in It is too controversial that I find it tough to write something crhist it. What does the existence of other religions mean for any one religion in particular? Rather, it makes you think, allowing you to come up with your own judgments.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Despite its potentially offensive nature, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ provides a unique portrait of the life of Jesus, and ends with a remarkable interpretation of the events of Jesus’ death. Notify me of new comments via email. How to Write a Good Book Review.

It is also amazing that the author knows a lot about the Bible. We have this notion, at least for people reared into Catholicism, that Jesus is the epitome of a perfect man, but instead, we read about his hopes, his fears, and his vague understanding of what God wants him to do.

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Outline for Writing a Case Study. As always, the writing is distinctly him. One of the greatest things about reading The Gospel According to Jesus Christ is that after taking in the story and understanding the interpretation and alternative theology that Saramago offers, the reader is led chrixt consider matters at a more abstract level. I am still stuck with Seeing.


You might like it. Retrieved 28 March The novel raises questions like: Views Read Edit View history. The Shepherd instructs Jesus in the ways of hedonismand at one point tries to convince Jesus to use the sheep for sexual release. This event had a profound impact on Saramago’s life. 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.

Catholics in particular spoke out against the work, which is a long way from depicting Jesus, and God who appears as a character in the novel and speaks directly to Jesus as unequivocally good. Of course, he cannot ever write this novel without reading the Bible.

One would get the feeling that this book is the inverted new testament. The novel proved controversial, [1] especially among the Roman Catholic Churchaccusing Saramago of having a “substantially anti-religious vision”. Jesus becomes a prophet of God, continuing to work miracles but also preaching. It is not exactly a sequel, but the former takes place after the events in the latter.

Second edition Cover Portuguese. 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?

It places far greater emphasis on the earlier part of Jesus’s life than the canonical gospels do. Despite the title, the novel is narrated in third person, but Saramago’s narrator remains concerned with Jesus’ perspective throughout the book.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

Later, at Bethlehem thd, Jesus is born in a cave, [3] and three shepherds — including the “angel” — arrive to bring him presents. He leaves the family and Nazareth and makes his way to Jerusalem, where he visits the Templethence to Bethlehem.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. One day out on the Sea by himself, he is visited by God and the devil.

Without giving too much away, let it suffice to say that God reveals his plan for Jesus, and Jesus is not entirely sure that he likes the way history will unfold after he dies on the cross, leading to a religion being founded in his name. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

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

Today, even after his demise, he retains an important place in the history of literature and, some would say, in the interpretation of history. I am Portuguese, a literature student myself and I am very glad to know that you like Saramago so much. Eventually, he meets God in the desert. If you are a hardcore Catholic and cannot stomach sacrilege of any form, stop reading now.

Archived from the original on 31 December Inthe Portuguese government went so far as to censor the novel by removing it from the shortlist of a prestigious literary prize in He is mostly trying to tell the story from a different perspective. And God, what can I say about Him? He learns about the massacre from his mother, and grows aloof from his family, amongst whom he can no longer live peacefully.