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James Frey — who was infamously yelled at by Oprah Winfrey for his mock-memoir A Million Little Pieces — is writing a modern-day Bible.
The Final Testament of the Holy Bible imagines a Messiah as if he were alive in New York City today.
Gagosian Gallery will publish a limited release of just 10,000 slipcased leatherette copies and 1,000 signed and numbered collector’s editions, USA Today reports. It will be released on Good Friday, April 22.
Writes the publisher in a statement: “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as Ben Jones, also known as the Messiah, also known as the Lord God. Though he is the Messiah, Ben is not the man to whom Christians have prayed for the past two thousand years.”
Frey said in 2008 that his book is his “idea of what the Messiah would be like if he were walking the streets of New York today.”
His Jesus, aka Ben Jones, is a heavy drinker who gets a prostitute pregnant, smokes marijuana and fools around with men.
“It doesn’t matter how or who you love. I don’t believe the messiah would condemn gay men and women,” Frey said.
Judas remains unchanged from the Bible. “[He’s the] same as he was two thousand years ago: [a] selfish man who thinks of himself before the good of humanity, who values money more than love.”
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