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

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 jowe in, some parts, a disconcertingly funny way. There are four joae 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?

True enough, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John chtist their best to chronicle the, uhm, adventures of Jesus, but still, what they have written are what they have seen and what they can remember. They cannot truly record what Jesus felt because they are not, well, Jesus.

We have this notion, at least for people reared into Catholicism, that Jesus is the epitome of a perfect man, but instead, we read about his hopes, his fears, and his vague understanding of what God wants him to do.

He finds it baffling that it takes a lot on the part of mankind to realize the wishes of God. There was silence, God and the Devil confronted each other for the first time, both giving the impression of being about to say something, but nothing happened.


Just to make things straight, God and the Devil are personified in this novel, giving them human qualities that allow us to see things in a different perspective. He is mostly trying to tell the story from a different perspective. This is not something that should be read lightly. It is too controversial that I find it tough to write something about it. The Devil tempts not Jesus into sinning, but God into renouncing his assigned role as the seat of all evil. And God, what can I say about Him?

Oh God, please forgive me, but You are a power-hungry something who would do anything just to make Your wishes come true. In the novel, that is. You are flimsy, unreasonable, and unrelenting. You will not forgive the Devil because making him side with You will render your throne, the good side, worthless. For how can there be any good if evil is nil? There is too much to say about the theme, and this minor writing is not enough.

I also think that I have blasphemed enough. Although I am not, never was, and never will be a Catholic, I am not an atheist as well. As always, the writing is distinctly him.

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

It is also amazing that the author knows a lot about the Bible. Of course, he cannot ever write this novel without reading the Bible.

One would get the feeling that this book is the inverted new testament. The disciples of Jesus are gullible. Judas Iscariot did not betray Jesus her, but he actually chriist his life for him. The Devil is my favorite character here.

Jesus Christ is just another man – The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago

He is the real, and literal, shepherd who provided Jesus a job, a home, and warnings. He understands what God wants in a manner when one cannot really do anything about it, so jesjs tries as much as he could to sympathize and be a real father to Jesus.

It is not a book that tries too hard. It is bereft of pretense. Rather, it makes you think, allowing you to come up with your own judgments. It is a courageous, wise, and powerful work. I have not read Dan Brown; I have nothing against him. Your little comment on Dan Brown just makes me feel better about not reading him, haha. I think Seeing should be read after Blindness. It is not exactly a sequel, but tne former takes place after the events in the latter. I am Portuguese, a literature student myself and I am very glad to know that you like Saramago so much.


May I recommend another Portuguese author? Hi Joana, thanks for the recommendation.

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

Thanks for dropping by! I remebered Fernado Pessoa has also a very good prose book: The Book of Disquiet, a classic of existentialist literature. You might like it. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. I am still gospe with Seeing. This is one of the Saramagos I want to read, though. You might like it ; Like Like. Hmm, I might check that out first. And I like the title! Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log yospel Email required Address never made public. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

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