Reading Guide Questions
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!
We know all about Christ's birth, and even more about Christ's death. But
until he really started getting the word of God out there, there's little
recorded information about his life. What do we really know about the Messiah's
formative years? Enter Christopher Moore's Biff, resurrected by the angel Raziel
and held captive in a New York City hotel room until he records a new gospel.
is the story of Biff writing his and his buddy Jesus Christ's (aka
Joshua's) story; it's the hilarious inside scoop on the could-be origins of
hundreds of tales we recognize from the Bible and from popular culture. While
negotiating the terrors, curiosities, and conveniences of modern life, Biff
transcribes the untold story of his and Josh's youth. He describes the escapades
of the Son of God -- from his time as a stone-cutter's apprentice in Nazareth to
his journeys to modern-day Afghanistan, China, and India in search of the magi
who attended his birth; to his return to his homeland to gather his disciples
and fulfill his destiny. Underlying it all is the story of his unconsummated
love for an incomprehensibly beautiful woman named Mary the Magdalene.
Biff reveals the human side of the Son of God, and paints a vivid historical
picture of what life might really have been like in Christ's time. Plus, it's
Topics for Discussion
- Did you find Lamb to be fairly true to the Bible as you know it?
Did you learn anything from Lamb? Do you find reading the Bible
- Early in the book, Biff writes about "little-boy love,"
describing it as " ... the cleanest pain I've ever known. Love without
desire, or conditions, or limits -- a pure and radiant glow in the heart
that could make me giddy and sad and glorious all at once." Do you
understand what he's saying? Have you ever experienced that kind of love?
- Would Joshua have made it to maturity without Biff? Do you think Jesus had
any human -- not divine help in becoming who he was? Is Moore making a
statement about historical facts in the Bible, or about the value of
friendship in general?
- Were you offended by this book in any way? There's so much here that Moore
could almost be called an "equal opportunity offender." Did you
find that some parts bothered you, while others didn't? Did he go too far,
in any way? Not far enough?
- At one point, Biff asks, "Are all women stronger and better than
me?" and Josh answers, "Yes." Do you think Moore believes
this? Do you think Christianity teaches this? From what you know about other
world religions, how does the role of women differ in each?
- Did you recognize any moments in your own development as you heard the
story of Christ's? Do you relate to the character of Josh? Does this story
of "Josh" make you feel any differently about Jesus as a human
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