Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jesus Lit

Besides the Gospels, what’s the best literary treatment of the life of the Messiah? David Masciotra, for the Daily Beast, looks at the many efforts, from Anne Rice to Norman Mailer. 

From the piece...

In addition to inspiring an entire religion, Jesus also inspired many works of fiction. Some are loyal to the account of Jesus’s life told in the Synoptic Gospels, and some take poetic, dramatic, and speculative license. The Jesus novel is a small and largely unrecognized genre of literature that often gives Christians new insight into the story of their savior, and provides non-believers with an artistic means of accessing a tale containing all of the most effective tools of drama—pity, terror, sadness, heroism, tragedy, and redemption.

The biography of Christ is considered “the greatest story ever told.”

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