Quite the shocking little novel! I'm sure any believing Christian would find this book to be blasphemous - I mean it portrays Mary as a lascivious adulterer, Jesus as a drooling idiot, and the savior of man as a mentally unstable follower of Carl Jung from the future. I found this novella (winner of the Nebula award for best novella in 1967) to be very thought-provoking and I was quite impressed with the whole premise of the story. I would recommend this one to anyone who has an open mind about the origins of Christianity.
A truely hillarious fantasy by Micheal Moorcock
I had no idea what this book was about beyond its reputation as a quasi-science fiction classic, and it's not that often that a story completely blows my mind but holy hell! Or Jesus Christ! as it were.
This book is not for everybody, not by a long shot. It's probably not even for most people. But as someone long fascinated by religions and their origins, mythology, alternative histories and anything about time travel, this book was well within my wheelhouse.
It's short, blasphemous, sexually shocking, neurotic, at times unlikable and entirely unique.
The only other novel I can think of that has Christianity so encoded in its DNA is Walter W. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, so if you've read that you might want to try this. And if you end up like both novels and haven't go rent Jesus Christ Superstar, another great take on the Christ story.
Behold the Man gets 5 stars from this Agnostic but your milage my vary. A lot.
This is one of the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels I have ever read. It's quite daring and will have you questioning the origins of myth/religion. The basic premise of the story involves a man who travels back in time in search of Jesus of Nazareth, with some unexpected results. VERY compelling read!