“Two thousand years after the events of the Gospels, Biff, Joshua's (Jesus) boyhood best friend has been resurrected to write his own book, filling in the years between Joshua's birth and the beginning of his ministry. According to Biff, those thirty years in between were spent tracking down the wise men present at Joshua's birth so that Joshua can understand how to become the Messiah. Each wise man represents a sage from world religions in the East. Along the way, Joshua picks up ideas and sayings that will become the tenets of what will eventually become Christianity.
Let me start by saying that, as a Christian, I was not offended. So, that's not the basis for mark down in ratings. If I could give two ratings I would. I thought the beginning of the book was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the view of Jesus as a young boy, his struggle with what does it mean to be the Saviour, and Biff as the surrogate for sin. This section was witty and, at times, laugh out loud funny. Where Moore lost me was during the travels in the East. I just felt like the characters never grew out of the voice of the opening chapters. If it weren't for the reminder of the passing birthdays, I wouldn't have realized these men were maturing. For me the characters just never fully developed.
I also give Moore credit for laying the foundation for what would become the characters of the biblical stories. I also thought the scenes with Raziel were hysterical. I can certainly see how this book appeals to an audience. I've felt for awhile I needed to read a Moore work. I'm glad I read it.