Behold the Man (Sf Masterworks 22) by Michael Moorcock

By Michael Moorcock

Meet Karl Glogauer, time tourist and not likely Messiah. while he reveals himself in Palestine within the 12 months 29AD he's surprised to satisfy the fellow often called Jesus Christ -- a drooling fool, hiding within the shadows of the carpenter's store in Nazareth. but when he's not able to gratifying his old function, then who will take his position?

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And a staff and, except for the fact that he was watched by day and night, he appeared to be accepted as a kind of lay member of the sect. Sometimes they questioned him casually about his chariot the time machine they intended soon to bring in from the desertand he told them that it had borne him from Egypt to Syria and then to here. They accepted the miracle calmly. As he had suspected, they were used to miracles. The Essenes had seen stranger things than his time machine. They had seen men walk on water and angels descend to and from heaven; they had heard the voice of God and His archangels as well as the tempting voice of Satan and his minions.

Both were amateur psychiatrists, she a psychiatric social worker, he merely a reader, a dabbler, though he had done a year's study some time ago when he had planned to become a psychiatrist. They used the terminology of psychiatry freely. They felt happier if they could name something. He rolled away from her, groping for the ashtray on the bedside table, catching a glance of himself in the dressing table mirror. He was a sallow, intense, moody Jewish book-seller, with a head full of images and unresolved obsessions, a body full of emotions.

He was relieved. He slept. In those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying. The voice of one crying in the -wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all ludaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

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