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Friday, February 29, 2008

Jesus is a Funny, Gnaughty Guy

I am looking forward to reading the new book by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, The Gospel of the Second Coming: Jesus is back...and this time he's funny!

I posted on their work here. Here is a radio interview with Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy.

This latest is the story of Jesus with an interesting twist. On the back cover it says: "A post-modern Gnostic gospel for the 21st century. Irreverently serious and profoundly satirical."

To get an idea, here is how it opens:

"And so it came to pass that Jesus spoke to the twelve, saying: "I will reveal to you the mystery of mysteries, which it is my ministry to disclose. The good news that leads to eternal life. The truth that will set you free. Be not afraid when I tell you that I am not who you think I am. I am not a man of flesh and blood. In fact, I don't really exist at all. I am the fictional hero of an allegorical myth."

A great silence fell upon the disciples, and Jesus added, "I know it's a bit of a shock."
It looks like a wild read. Here is the editorial review:

In 2005, a disgruntled archivist at the Vatican Library made contact with revisionist historians Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, claiming that the Vatican was secretly housing a number of unpublished “heretical” Gnostic Christian texts. He presented Freke and Gandy with a facsimile copy of an ancient manuscript, which is presented to the public for the first time in this book.

This gospel will shock academics and Christians alike. It makes the extraordinary claim that the long-awaited “Second Coming of Christ” has already happened; and it also explores the intimate relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus, his “Beloved Disciple.”

And, perhaps most controversial of all, it reveals Jesus as a Gnostic master with a zany sense of humor and an upbeat message. As Jesus says himself in the text: “Death is coming. Life is foreplay.”