The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ


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The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis

The internationally renowned novel about the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Hailed as a masterpiece by critics worldwide, The Last Temptation of Christ is a monumental reinterpretation of the Gospels that brilliantly fleshes out Christ’s Passion. This literary rendering of the life of Jesus Christ has courted controversy since its publication by depicting a Christ far more human than the one seen in the Bible. He is a figure who is gloriously divine but earthy and human, a man like any other—subject to fear, doubt, and pain.

In elegant, thoughtful prose Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the greats of modern literature, follows this Jesus as he struggles to live out God’s will for him, powerfully suggesting that it was Christ’s ultimate triumph over his flawed humanity, when he gave up the temptation to run from the cross and willingly laid down his life for mankind, that truly made him the venerable redeemer of men.

“Spiritual dynamite.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A searing, soaring, shocking novel.” —Time

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684852560
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 214,514
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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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The Last Temptation of Christ 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 : ).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Atomicmutant on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Here's a book that people have certainly heard a lot about, and I was cautioned to approach carefully. Well, not to be too glib about it, but this is one case where the "remake" of the original stands up quite well. Although it is said that the original Greek version of this is quite a bit more effective than the English, I was quite taken by the prose and style nevertheless. The overall meditation on faith and the human condition is compelling and definitely devout and sincere. By imbuing the gospels with fleshed out minor characters and vivid place descriptions, Kazantzakis has also rendered them more vivid in a contemporary sense; you can really get a sense of what it could have been like to be there at the time, and feel the humanity behind what is obviously the ultimate symbolic tale.
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Truly thought provoking. I felt glued to the book. Loved it.
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Bridget4291 More than 1 year ago
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 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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