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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Retrieved from ” https: Called O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo in the original Goospel version that was published inthis book was released in English in the year How to Write a Methodology.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

Archived from the original on 20 March The Book of Disquiet, a classic of bospel literature. 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? The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. It is also amazing that the author knows a lot about the Bible.

This is one of the Saramagos I want to read, though. Of course, he cannot ever write this novel without reading the Bible. A fictional re-telling of Jesus Christ ‘s life, depicting him as a flawed, humanised character with passions and doubts.

Jesus is not believed by his family, and so he leaves them once again, meets Mary Magdalene, and goes to work helping the fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. 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 to consider matters at a more abstract level.


Book Review axcording A Little Princess. I also think that I have blasphemed enough. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Technical Writer Job Description. Writing a Book for the First Time.

Story Ideas for Fiction Writers. He orders the Massacre of the Innocents. Rather, it makes you think, allowing you to come up with your own judgments. One could describe the majority of the novel as entertaining, heartfelt, and well-written, but it is in the later chapters that The Gospel According to Jesus Christ really makes its literary mark.

His last words from the cross, in referring to God, are “Men, forgive Him, for He knows not what He has done.

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

In order to protest Portugal’s censorship practices, Saramago went into voluntary exile on a Spanish island. The Devil tempts not Jesus into sinning, but God into renouncing his assigned role as the seat of all evil.

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

And I like the title! The Shepherd instructs Jesus in the ways of hedonismand at chrisr point tries to convince Jesus to use the sheep for sexual release.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago

But really, this is still fiction, and I think this will leave the reader 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.


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. If you are a hardcore Catholic and cannot stomach sacrilege of any form, stop reading now.

Retrieved 17 March Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Upon hearing of this, the Shepherd tells him to leave immediately. Jesus becomes a prophet of God, continuing to work miracles but also preaching.

Jesus is saramgao against what he sees as a selfish plan bound to lead to great suffering of many, but is made to see that he actually has no choice in the matter. Although I am not, never was, and never will be a Catholic, I am not an atheist as well. He leaves the family and Nazareth and makes his way to Jerusalem, where he visits the Templethence to Bethlehem.