The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
A humorous, speculative novel fills in the lost years of Jesus' life, told from the perspective of Biff, his childhood best friend.


Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have read—and reread—Christopher Moore's irreverent, iconoclastic, and divinely funny tale of the early life of Jesus Christ as witnessed by his boyhood pal Levi bar Alphaeus (a.k.a. Biff). Now, in this special (check out the cool red ribbon marker, gilt-edged pages, and gold lettering) gift edition of Christopher Moore's bestselling Lamb, you, too, can find out what really happened between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount. And, in a new afterword written expressly for this edition, Christopher Moore addresses some of the most frequently asked questions he's received from readers since Lamb's initial publication, about the book and himself.

Fresh, funny, poignant, and wise, this special gift edition of Lamb is cause for rejoicing among readers everywhere.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007
Edition: Special gift ed
ISBN: 9780061438592
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 417 p. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 19, 2014
  • ElijahMorgan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was not only hilarious, but also very informational. Obviously Moore takes quite a bit of artistic liberty in depicting stories and characters from not only the Christian Bible, but various other holy texts, but he does so in a way that makes it a much more enjoyable read.

Moore knows a lot about this subject matter, and it shows. There are references sprinkled throughout from everything from the Christian Apocrypha to the Bhagavad Gita, and a lot of them were lost on me during my first read through. However, reading through this book a second time after taking in the story on the first read through gives a whole new depth to it. Terrific satire, and definitely worth multiple reads.

Oct 26, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This satirical novel is entertaining, irreverent, and intellectually stimulating. The text offers the reader both an element of escapism and a commentary on Christianity. With language and situations ranging from humorous to slightly offensive, Christopher Moore provides a diverse and engaging backdrop for his novel. A delightful read that allows the reader to interact with the characters and what they represent on numerous levels.

Oct 23, 2014
  • YAOWEN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Funny and hilarious. A great historical fiction for someone who doesn't know Christianity too well. I think he did do his research and this makes the content more meaty. Something I won't introduce to a Christian like my mom, though. lol

This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's also the only book I own in three different formats. Moore is sarcastic and hilariously funny. Biff's character is a masterpiece. My first and eternally favorite Moore book.

Jul 21, 2014
  • neshamah18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Possibly the funniest, irreverent book I've ever read!

It appears that Moore is one of those “hit or miss” authors for me. I was less than thrilled with Practical Demon Keeping and Blood Sucking Fiends, yet I loved this book. Biff’s snark factor really tied it all together for me.

Apr 27, 2014
  • JAYPAM rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

With creativity and humour, Moore fills in the blanks of Jesus' first thirty years from the perspective of Biff, Jesus' best buddy. Style is "Monty Python-esque". Some may consider the tale irreverent.

Jul 25, 2012
  • mothersbam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I must admit. I read this book based on a recommendation. This isn't a book I would have picked up. I am not a religious person so this book is a book on which I would have passed. That being said, BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN QUITE SOME TIME! This book did more for me spiritually than the Bible did. It put Jesus in human context. The Bible skips the "formative" years.
This book is tremendous. It is laugh out loud funny, sometimes hilarious, thought provoking, deep, insightful and above all, very well done. An instant classic in my opinion.

Nov 28, 2011
  • mogie rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Ok read. Wasn't in love with it. Didn't make me laugh aloud but it was good.

Oct 09, 2011
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though I am an Atheist. I do and can read stories about God/Jesus without any issue. I just took this as another fictional work. That being said. I really wish that the Book of Biff had been real and put in the bible, maybe then I would have remained a faithful follower and never had doubts. Biff makes the whole Jesus-person(a) very human by pronouncing the flaws and human foibles' that is Biff (Levi Bar Alhpaeus). I kind tolerate this Jesus guy a little more. Thanks Biff!

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Jul 25, 2012
  • mothersbam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I've tried to get the angel to watch MTV so I can learn the vocabulary of your music, but even with the gift of tongues, I'm having trouble learning to speak hip-hop. Why is it that one can busta rhyme or busta move anywhere but you must busta cap in someone's ass? Is "ho" always feminine, and "muthafucka" always masculine, while "bitch" can be either? How many peeps in a posse, how much booty before baby got back, do you have to be all that to get all up in that, and do I need to be dope and phat to be da bomb or can I just be "stupid"? I'll not be singing over any dead mothers until I understand.”

Jul 25, 2012
  • mothersbam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it.
If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil.
If you seek an adventure, may this song sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not.
May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them.
May you find perfection, and know it by name.”

Jul 25, 2012
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"It's wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs."


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