Mar 28, 2008
Book written by Anne Rice
This is Anne Rice’s second volume in her fictional Christ the Lord series. This book and the first one are fictional depictions of the life of Jesus Christ. Rice based these books on the Gospels, non-canonical books like the Gospel of St. Thomas and history. This second book is based more on the Gospels and history with her imagination of what the life of Jesus might have been like. She covers the period from the time before Jesus’ baptism and temptation in the desert to the wedding of
Rice begins her second book in this series with a controversial scene. Jesus is in the woods and is praying when he hears commotion from a crowd accusing two boys of being homosexuals. Before a trial could be conducted, some in the crowd picked up stones and stoned the two boys to death. It is not clear if the boys were guilty or not of this sin. However, a grievous sin is committed by those acted on rumors and stoned the boys without a trial. The stoners made quick judgments and stoned the boys without proof. There can be a moral with this, do not jump to conclusions because an innocent person could be harmed or even killed.
As in the first book, Rice has Jesus speaking to the reader as if he is telling the story of his life. In this second book Jesus knows he is the Son of God. His neighbors and some in his family wonder why he, a man of 30, has not married yet. Some may even wonder if he is gay as the stoning story would infer. He tells his family that he will not marry – many accept this, but some do not. Some think he is in love with a woman named Avigail whom he saves from her mentally ill father. He saves her and then arranges for her marriage.