The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

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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 would he preach and believe? How would society react to him, and what would they to do him? And though he may be the ...

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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.

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848546691
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012

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.

Biography

James Frey in his own words:

"I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I spent most of my childhood in Ohio and Michigan, and I have also lived in Boston, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Sao Paulo Brazil, London, Paris, Chicago, and Los Angeles. I graduated from high school in 1988 and received further education at Denison University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1993, I was sent to the Hazelden Foundation for the treatment of cocaine addiction and alcoholism. I moved to Chicago in 1994, where I worked variety of jobs, including doorman, stockboy, and member of a janitorial crew. In 1996, I moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a screenwriter, director and producer. In 2000, I took second mortgage on my house, and spent a year writing A Million Little Pieces. It was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in May of 2003 and became a New York Times bestseller, a #1 national bestseller, and an international bestseller. In 2004, I wrote My Friend Leonard, which is a sequel to A Million Little Pieces. In June of 2005, Riverhead Books published My Friend Leonard, which also became a New York Times and international bestseller. I live in New York with my wife, daughter, and two dogs."

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

Good To Know

A few fun and fascinating facts from our interview with Frey:

"I've cut my own hair since I was 18, which is probably a bad thing."

"I once worked as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny at a department store."

"I have about 15 tattoos."

"I love baseball, boxing, football, and playing with my daughter."

"I read for a couple hours a day. I surf. I love looking at art, spend tons of time in galleries."

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    All or Nothing

    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.

    28 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The idea of this book made me give it four stars. The modern Christian of today might be totally offended by this book because the author writes about what Christ stood for not what man over the years has made Christ. All I read was the synopsis and it look like the author hit it on the head. Christ stood for love thy neighbor. Man today interprets that as, Love only the neighbor who thinks and believes like we do. War have been fought in by so called born again Christian presidents who have no idea what Christ's message was and ministers burn holy books of other religions in the name of Christ and innocent people thousands of miles away are killed in the name of that other religion.

    I am sure the Christian of today would find this book threatening and not rate it very high. If you are a reader that can think for himself then give this book a try.

    16 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    Do not waste your time or money.

    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.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Fundamentalist Christians won't like this

    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.

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

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    40 years out of date

    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.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    So very interesting!

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    I love this!

    If Christians hate this book it only means I love it! Keep it coming James!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Last testament

    Excellent book. Could have done without the f k word so much. Loved the story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

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    I've read one other book by James Frey before. You know, the boo

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Good

    Blasphemous, but a good read. I like the way Frey writes.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    Fantastic!

    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! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    Christian Fundamentalist will not like this

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    All or nothing comment

    Oh my lord!! You r such a judgemental hypocrite!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Worst book in print

    What an awful book I am returning it. Why didn't he stick with the type of books he has written before? I particularly like the first one which later turned out to be a lie.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    This is a complete waste of time and money. The sophomoric writ

    This is a complete waste of time and money. The sophomoric writing, the endless repetitions of the main character's sayings repeated endlessly by other characters, the vulgar let alone profane actions of the characters, especially the main character made this a difficult book to get through. I finished only because i wanted give it a fair review. The ending did not justify having to slog through paragraphs upon paragraphs of repeated ideas. I found myself skiming over passages and then realized I had not missed anything. Ot was as though the author had to have so many words to submit and thus felt repeating both words and actions endlessly would fool us into thinking he was being creative. If I was grading this as an essay in a school setting, I wold have given it a D and told the student to go back and write, not keep repeating. Save your money and time and purchase something by someone other than this sophomoric writer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Loved it

    I thought it was great

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Loved

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Can't wait for his next book!

    I have enjoyed all of Frey's novels and this one didn't disappoint! He has a unique writing style that pulls you in and does a great job conveying the feelings of the characters. This book keeps you guessing what is going to happen until the end. I was sad when it was all over; I definitely wanted to keep reading more. Overall, another fantastic novel by Mr. Frey and I look forward to reading his next one!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Decent

    I purchased this book with very high expectations, simply because I have been a huge James Frey fan and have loved his work. However, the style of this book was not very appealing to me, which is why I was drawn to him in the first place. This book was worth the read, but wasn't as well as what I was expecting. I look forward to his upcoming books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Interesting...

    I have read all of Frey's work as I love his writing style. This book was a big departure from his previous work. It was a thought provoking and engaging story. Worth the read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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