I think the best way to approach Jesus fictionally is by indirection, as in Pär Lagervist's Barabbas (an excellent book). On the other hand, Franz Werfel's Song of Bernadette is so good it's hard not to think he could have done a good job. Kazantzakis's book is unfairly criticized, I think. After all, Jesus is known to have been tempted, and in Kazantzakis book, if memory serves, he in fact overcomes the last temptation.
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