“Never in my life have I feared death as much as I feared that resurrection”: First American Edition of The Last Temptation of Christ; Lengthily Inscribed by Translator Peter Bien

  • The Last Temptation of Christ.

The Last Temptation of Christ.


Item Number: 29094

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.

First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Translated from the original Greek by Peter A. Bien. Signed by the translator as follows, “Never in my life have I feared death as much as I feared that resurrection.” Peter Bien Hanover, NH.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional inscription. Originally published in Greek in 1955.

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. “A searing, soaring, shocking novel: (Time).

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