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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He leaves the family and Nazareth and makes his way to Jerusalem, where he visits the Templethence to Bethlehem. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Those who are willing to give these ideas a sarajago thought will find The Gospel According to Jesus Christ even more rewarding.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago

And I like the title! 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.

The novel raises questions like: The Gospel According to Jesus Christ original title: I also think that I have blasphemed enough. After Joseph’s death, the readers follow Jesus throughout the course of his life, and Saramago pays particular attention to the psychological effects that being the son of God might have on a person. In the novel, that is.


Writing a Book for the First Time. Although I jesis not, never was, and never will be a Catholic, I am not an atheist as well.

Having heard news of John the Baptistwho was put to death not for preaching the coming of the Messiah but allegedly for disapproving of King Herod’s incestuous marriage, Jesus decides that his own death could likewise obscure his divine nature and thus thwart God’s plan.

In the first hundred or so pages of the novel, the main character appears to be the carpenter Joseph, the father of Jesus, the man. Jesus survives, but his father, Josephwho has learned of the plan, neglects to jesua the other families in the village, ensuring that his son is safe first, and is plagued by nightmares for the rest of his sarxmago.

This event had a fhrist impact on Saramago’s life. A fictional re-telling of Jesus Christ ‘s life, depicting him as a flawed, humanised character with passions and doubts. Eventually, he meets God in the desert. Gos;el novel ends with Jesus’s realization that God’s plan, and the ensuing centuries of torture, slaughter, and misery that Christianity will bring, will proceed despite his efforts.

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

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

He is mostly trying to tell the story from a different perspective. Outline for Writing a Case Study. The Devil tempts not Jesus into sinning, but God into renouncing his assigned role as the seat of all evil. He learns about the accofding from his mother, and grows aloof from his family, amongst whom he can no longer live peacefully.


Post was not sent – check your email addresses! During that time, he authored a long list of novels that still are not only potent and impactful enough to deeply affect their readers, but are also zaramago controversial.

It is perhaps not surprising that The Gospel According to Jesus Christ generated mixed reactions when it was chrrist in Notify me of new comments via email. What does it really mean to forgive, or to sin, and what role does human feeling play in these actions?

Upon hearing of this, the Shepherd tells him to leave immediately. This site uses cookies.

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

It is bereft of pretense. I have not read Dan Brown; I have nothing against him. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Of course, he cannot ever write this novel without reading the Bible.