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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During that time, he authored a long list gosoel novels that still are not only potent and impactful enough to deeply affect their readers, but are also mostly controversial. He understands what God wants in a manner when one cannot really do anything about it, so he tries as much as he could to sympathize and be a real father to Jesus.

Thanks for dropping by! The disciples of Jesus are gullible. 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. Catholics in particular spoke out against the work, which is a long way from depicting Jesus, and God who appears as a character in the novel and speaks directly to Jesus as unequivocally good.

Today, even after his demise, he retains an important place in the history of literature and, some would say, in the interpretation of history. What does it really mean to forgive, or to sin, and what role does human feeling play in these actions?


How to Speak English Fluently. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use accordihg Privacy Policy. Retrieved 16 May During his lifetime, many critics, notably Harold Bloom, described Saramago as the greatest living novelist.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Upon hearing of this, the Shepherd tells sraamago to leave immediately. Retrieved 17 March Archived from the original on 20 March 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.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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. This event had a profound impact on Saramago’s life.

This is not something that should be read lightly. You are flimsy, unreasonable, and unrelenting. Later, at BethlehemJesus is born in a cave, [3] and three shepherds — including the “angel” — arrive to bring him presents.


I have not read Dan Brown; I have nothing against him. As described in the Gospel of MatthewHerod the Great receives a premonition of the birth of the ” King of the Jews ” in the biblical account of Matthew, he is informed by the Magi acccording in the book, however, he is visited in his dreams by the prophet Micah.

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Beyond providing a rebellious interpretation of the Christ story, Saramago delves into theology sxramago questions about the human nature in an accessible way; something that has rarely been achieved in the past.

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

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

You are commenting using your WordPress. 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 hospel person. He is the real, and literal, shepherd who provided Jesus a job, a home, and warnings.