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The Fire Gospel by Michel Faber
In The Fire Gospel, Theo Griepenkerl is an Aramaic scholar from Toronto looking for antiquities in a looted Iraqi museum when an explosion breaks open a bas relief containing a series of scrolls written in Aramaic. Sensing his path to fame and fortune, he absconds with the scrolls back to Toronto. He translates a new gospel by Malchus who was present at Christ's crucifixion and presents a different view than one given in the Bible. Theo publishes his translation and becomes obsessed with the trappings of literary success than the ramifications that come with the questions it raises about Jesus' divinity. Michel Faber's satire has received mixed reviews with The Observer saying, "The Fire Gospel can be read easily at a sitting. It's effortless to consume, but with plenty of bite and so enjoyable that the improbabilities of the set-up are easily forgiven."