This is a re-imagining of the life of Jesus by Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and noted atheist.
The book is a VERY quick read, 240-odd pages with short chapters. Pullman's narrative reads easily and seems pretty plausible (although I did figure out one of the main plot points about 100 pages in). The most interesting part for me, however, was the afterword (not sure if it's present in the hardcover edition, but it is in the paperback). Pullman uses this space to talk about his own personal religious history, how the idea for writing this novel came about, and some of the research and thought process he went through during the writing. I felt as though the afterword alone was almost worth the price of the book itself; it was a very eloquent explanation.
As with any reinterpretation of a religious account, this book may not appeal to very religious (Christian) readers, but for those interested in general religious studies or people who have an open mind about these things, I would recommend this book, if only for a different perspective on a well-known story.
I wasnt sure what to make of this. It is fiction and never claims to be the truth.
It retells the story of Jesus Christ, as if he was born twins, and none of the miracles happened. Christ wrote and changed the story so Jesus would not be forgotten so his death was not forgotten. So Christ had to change some of story. Jesus in the garden is really mad at God and doesnt even believe he exists and predicts all the evil things that the CHURCH will do if it is establish. Christ from the beginning has wanted to form the CHURCH. Christ does all the things Judas does, taking the money and kissing Jesus in the Garden. Christ then pretends to be the resurrected Jesus and the church is born.
I think I got more out of by listening to this than if I had tried to read it.