Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

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CHRIST THE LORD: OUT OF EGYPT by ANNE RICE Knopf, 321 pages, $25.95

Appalling. That's the word that kept echoing through my mind as I turned the pages of Anne Rice channeling the seven-year-old Jesus Christ in her twenty-seventh novel, the first since her recent return to the Christianity of her childhood. A return to faith should never be belittled. But to celebrate her return by undertaking what is planned as a trilogy from the manger to the Cross as narrated by Him surely bespeaks a certain arrogance. For Rice, Jesus, the seven-year-old narrates in a flat, matter-of-fact way: "In the snap of two fingers everyone drew back. It seemed the whole street went quiet except for the carpenters' hammers. I'd never heard such a quiet." By the third page his brother James is saying, "I saw it. I saw it when he made the sparrows out of clay on the Sabbath. The teacher told him he shouldn't do such things on the Sabbath, Jesus looked at the birds and they turned into real birds. …

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