The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

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by James Frey
     
 

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For two thousand years people have spent their lives waiting, praying, fighting, begging, and going to war for the Messiah. They continue to do so, every minute of every day, every day of every year. And yet, as far as we know, the Messiah has never come.

How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? How would he live, what would he say, what

Overview

For two thousand years people have spent their lives waiting, praying, fighting, begging, and going to war for the Messiah. They continue to do so, every minute of every day, every day of every year. And yet, as far as we know, the Messiah has never come.

How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? How would he live, what would he say, what would he preach and believe? How would society react to him, and what would they to do him? And though he may be the Messiah, he is not the man that has been prayed for over the course of the last two thousand years. He believes religion is a fraud, government is a sham, and that love should be a choice, regardless of gender. He is, as Christ was, everything that religious leaders and government officials fear, what they speak against, and what they destroy. He did not burn books, or picket doctor's offices, or spend his time in religious institutions. He simply preached a message. Love your fellow man.

Written from the perspective of his family, friends, and followers, in the same way the story of Jesus Christ was told in the New Testament, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as Ben Jones, also known as the Messiah, also known as the Lord God.

In The Final Testament of the Holy Bible James Frey, America's most controversial bestselling writer, has written the most compelling and provocative work of his career.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Lindgren
…a strong and absorbing piece of writing…The men and women who offer testimonies about their experience with Ben include doctors, cops, lawyers, priests, rabbis, drug addicts and homeless men, and they are almost all endowed with remarkable authenticity, their voices convincingly and realistically inhabited. These variegated narratives, sketched with incisive psychological acuity, give The Final Testament its own weird integrity. Through these voices, Frey has made an honest attempt to follow the teachings of Jesus to their radical conclusions; in doing so, he has created a chronicle that, despite its contradictions, moves to its own inner spirit.
—The Washington Post
Lionel Shriver
"The Final Testament Of The Holy Bible is about the coming of the Messiah in contemporary New York. With such a nervy premise, execution is all. And Frey's execution is fab….The result is a rolling, riveting, headlong novel; one that packs an emotional punch yet never quite loses a little drollness about the nature of the project…This is a wonderful book, which one picks up with enthusiasm and puts down with reluctance. It bursts with narrative drive."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848545793
Publisher:
Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

James Frey is originally from Cleveland. He is the author of A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, and Bright Shiny Morning. His work is published in thirty-nine languages.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1969
Place of Birth:
Cleveland, Ohio
Website:
http://www.bigjimindustries.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this thing hoping for insight or at least fodder for thought. What a colossal waste of time! The messiah figure teachs: 1. The God couldn't care less about mankind 2. That God is not resposible for creation but rather thermodynamically improbable evolution is. 3. That the bible is false, and is, to quote, "stone age science fiction" and 4. That life is pretty much about having sex with eveyone around you, regardless of sex. All this candy coated with a thin "love your neighbor" veneer. It is devoid of Judeochristian principles and a waste.
GSMontana More than 1 year ago
The theme of this book is wonderful: The teachings of Christ are not what is being followed today. Today, fear is what drives religious people, not love. Not "do unto others". Not love thy neighbor. What are people afraid of if it isn't people who don't think exactly like they do? A provocative book and well done.
Novumva More than 1 year ago
The style of the book, in which each 'chapter' is narrated by a different character who tells of his/her relationship and experiences with the protagonist, is about the only really interesting thing about the book. It relates the return of the messiah to earth. Unfortunately, his simple minded message is the old one from the sixties; only love matters, and the only way to be happy and fullfilled is to make physical love to as many people of either sex and in as many combinations as possible. The language is not graphic enough to be pornography. The book seems to be aimed at the younger generation who missed out on Woodstock and the 60's.
forgive_forget More than 1 year ago
I would agree that many Christians today do not live like they should. I would also agree that some Christians do things that make every Christian look bad. However, you cannot say that Christ only said to love thy neighbor. He said much more than that! The Bible is for us to accept and live by, either all or nothing. You cannot pick and choose what you like or what you want to follow. Jesus did say, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." (Mark 12:31 and in many other verses) However, He also said, "the one who created them from the beginning 'made them male and female' and said: 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two separate people but one. No man therefore must separate what God has joined together." (Matthew 19:4-6) The Bible also states that we should not murder, steal, commit adultery, covet, use the Lord's name in vain, and many others. You cannot say that Christ only cares about love, because He cares about everything. He cares about what we do, what we say, and how we live. A simple work of fiction that caters to this world can never compare to God's plan and the teachings of Jesus.
OurBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
I'm totally torn on how to review this book. Was it interesting? Oh yes, incredibly so. There were times I wanted to give it a 3 because, frankly, all the orgy stuff was just a little too extreme to me in the context of the book itself. I wanted to wait a few days before I reviewed it to think on it and it is my perception that Mr. Frey chose extreme as his theme throughout the book on purpose. To be the extreme opposite of the religious right. Mr. Frey hits on many huge points that are cracks in the armor of certain religious Christian hypocrisy when taken too far.the very reason people are fleeing the Christian church in record numbers today. The common theme is do as I say, not as I do. If we are judging people based on their choices and actions and saying it is in the name of the "Lord", then that is not the idea of Jesus that I have in my head. My idea of Jesus is a loving, patient, non-judgmental soul who will be with you no matter what - pretty much the "Ben" in this book (but minus the orgy stuff.lol). I'm fascinated by the contrast in reviews on this book. People either love it or hate it. Those that hate it seem to feel offended by it. I like controversial books because they make me think. Usually when people are offended it is because it strikes a chord close to home either in their beliefs or actions.
jeannieVM More than 1 year ago
If Christians hate this book it only means I love it! Keep it coming James!
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I've read one other book by James Frey before. You know, the book that caused all that controversy... A Million Little Pieces, yeah. That's the one. I really enjoyed his writing. Having read and enjoyed that book was one of the reasons I was interested in reading this book of his. The other reason was because I was interested in a book that pushed the boundaries and wanted to shake things up a bit. The book started out really well, but it lost its momentum over time. It began to feel repetitive and boring. The biggest example of this was the unrealistic amounts of sex that Ben Zion has with his followers. By no means am I offended at the thought of the Messiah having sex with anyone (or even a number of people), but it was more outlandish than realistic in the book. I feel like it would have been more powerful and meaningful to have him sleep with a few people he encountered rather than nearly everyone. Instead of conveying a message of love, I got the message that the Messiah had a very healthy libido. Overall, I enjoyed the book. While it wasn't the thought-provoking book I thought it was going to be, it was worth the read. 3.5/5
Samantha Russem More than 1 year ago
As always I'm a huge fan of James Frey and he didn't dissappoint in The Final Testament of The Holy Bible. Such a great read...I loved it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Back to basic, love eveyone, believe what you want to believe, believe what you can handle. If you don't fit the government or Christian Fundamentalist, you must be destroyed.
DLC-S More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Could have done without the f k word so much. Loved the story.
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This book is really good and gives a different light on everything we were taught to believe. Although i dont agree with everything in the book it was still very interesting.
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