The Last Temptation of Christ

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Now a major motion picture, The Last Temptation of Christ is a monumental fictional reinterpretation of the Gospels by one of the giants of modern literature.

A passionate fictional re-creation of the life of Christ by the author of Zorba the Greek---one of the most highly acclaimed and important writers of our time.

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Overview

Now a major motion picture, The Last Temptation of Christ is a monumental fictional reinterpretation of the Gospels by one of the giants of modern literature.

A passionate fictional re-creation of the life of Christ by the author of Zorba the Greek---one of the most highly acclaimed and important writers of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684852560
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 252,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Crete in 1883. He studied literature and art in Germany and Italy, philosophy under Henri Bergson in Paris and received his law degree from the University of Athens. The Greek Minster of Education in 1945, Kazantzakis was also a dramatist, translator, poet, and travel writer. Among his most famous works are, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Saviors of God. He died in October 1957.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Masterpiece

    N.K writes a beautiful and compeling story of Christ. That this novel evoked such furor in some sectors is a total mystery to me. The devil tells Jesus in the desert that he is not finished with him, yet no where else in the New Testament does the devil appear. Unless, he appears to Jesus on the cross. What greater temptation could Satan offer Christ than mortality at the moment of his agonizing death. That Jesus chooses death on the cross over the pleasant mortality of Satan only reaffirms the miracle of the cross. I found this story reaffirmed my Christianity by challenging me to think about it. Surely, Jesus was not openly received where ever he went. That the human side of Jesus may have been attracted to Mary Magdeline doesn't detract from who and what he was. Jesus Christ Superstar suffered the same criticism yet Christ as man is more meaningful to me than Christ diety alone. Finally, N.K. suggest that perhaps Judas was not the apostle that loved Christ least but loved him most. Who else should be chosen as the person who betrays Christ. Without the betrayal, Christ can never fulfill his destiny. Christ knew what must be done. Would he choose his strongest or weakest to fulfill his desiny? This is one of the great books I have ever read. It made me a better Christian, brought me closer to my religion and taught me to view my religion with an open mind.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    thought provoking book

    This book is a work of pure art. It stirs the soul and makes the reader see the gospel stories in a new light. This book makes it easier to relate to the awesome figure that is Jesus Christ. Being a Christian, I felt that this book provoked me to rethink my views of myself. It is a truly inspirational journey into the life of Christ from the human point of view.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2001

    A beautiful and insightful look at the life and passion of Christ

    Kazantzakis paints a wonderful picture of the life of a man whose teachings have changed the history of the world more than any other. As an open-minded Christian, I found that the book strengthed my faith by revealing the humanity behind the Christ that has become such a central figure in history. The fact that fundamentalist Christians hate this book is even more reason to read it : ).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    5 Stars Not Enough

    This book proves that Kazantzakis was a genius. The images are powerful; the story poignant. A struggling, tormented and misunderstood Jesus realizes his destiny. I would give this 10 stars if I could. The best of what religious fiction can be. There are only a few books like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    This what being a teen is like!

    This is the first book I truly read, it was the most enlighting material ever!Everyone's reviews seem to find more integrity in their religion, me on the other hand found that the book clearly states that Jesus is the study of every man not a new rendition of a holistic figure. This book is truly inspirational and should be a 'bible' to anyone who fears their own potential and fights with their conscience!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Truly thought provoking. I felt glued to the book. Loved it.

    Truly thought provoking. I felt glued to the book. Loved it.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    significant for our time

    One of the most significant books of all time, in my view. I am reading James Frey's 'Last New Testament' and it is on the same theme...how would Christ have been viewed in his own time. Biblical scholars tell us that there wer several christ-like men trying to preach the new religion at the end of the Roman Empire. Why did one 'stick' and the other not. A powerful topic.
    As well, since it is so important, could we please have it as and ebook?? It is too heavy to carry around no matter how meaty the contents.
    thank you. Bridget4291

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