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Christ Legend

Selma Lagerlof

Book Overview: 

These are beautiful little stories about Christmas from the Swedish storyteller Selma Lagerlöf. As she explains in the first story, they were told her by her grandmother "I remember that grandmother told story after story from morning till night, and that we children sat beside her, quite still, and listened. It was a glorious life! No other children had such happy times as we did. It isn’t much that I recollect about my grandmother. I remember that she had very beautiful snow-white hair, and stooped when she walked, and that she always sat and knitted a stocking. And I even remember that when she had finished a story, she used to lay her hand on my head and say: “All this is as true, as true as that I see you and you see me.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e could see well enough what the little one was doing. He saw how he reached out his hand to capture a bee that sat upon the edge of a flower and was so heavily laden with pollen that it could hardly lift its wings for flight. He saw, to his great surprise, that the bee let itself be taken without trying to escape, and without using its sting. When the little one held the bee secure between his fingers, he ran over to a crack in the city wall, where a swarm of bees had their home, and set the bee down. As soon as he had helped one bee in this way, he hastened back to help another. All day long the soldier saw him catch bees and carry them to their home.

“That boy is certainly more foolish than any I’ve seen hitherto,” thought the soldier. “What put it into his head to try and help these bees, who can take such good care of themselves without him, and who can sting him at that? What kind of a man will he become if he lives, I wonder. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a compilation of fables written by Lagerlof about Christ. They are all magnificently written in her very dramatic, often melodramatic, prose. She has been a favorite writer of mine for a number of years, in spite of her extremely religious views and my unbelieving nature, and this was one of

Un libro muy corto, que contiene 4 relatos relacionados con Jesucristo, que buscan dejar enseñanzas y reflexiones sobre la vida.

Mi relato favorito ha sido el petirrojo, de apenas 6 páginas, pero nos habla de 2 momentos históricos como la crucificacion de Cristo.

Es la primera vez que leo a Selma, y m

Handlar nog mer om Lagerlöfs lust att skapa, än om kristen fromhet. Men som vanligt är hon en stor psykolog med siktet inställt på livgivande kreativitet och människokärlek.

Berättelserna är som magiska sagor, skulle väl idag passa in i Fantasy-genren. 'Fågel rödbröst' har jag älskat sedan småskolan

Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Price in literature. Here are her amazing stories about Christ, Christ Legends. If you are not familiar with Selma Lagerlöf you might object to the idea of creating stories about Christ out of the historical context, but Selma does this in an a way

Po meni je nepotrebno od Isusovoga rođenja i života stvarati ovakve apokrifne priče za djecu.

HRV: Religiozna sam osoba, ali dobro se sjećam da nisam bila baš oduševljena knjigom kada sam ju čitala.

ENG: I'm a catholic and a religious person, but I do remember not really being into this book that much as a kid.

Дуже посередньо, не сподобались.

ENGLISH: 11 interesting legends about the time of Christ and the history of Christianity. I specially liked the last one about a crusader who travelled from Jerusalem to Florence with a lighted tallow.

The "legends" about the childhood of Jesus are similar to those in the Apocryphal Gospels. Personal

Christ Legends by Selma Lagerlof
In my new evaluation of religion and Christianity I will try and focus on the Spirit of the story and not the Letter. In other words, the conception could be Immaculate in thought, spirit and Pure Intents, if not in practice.

Is this a coincidence, a sign or a small mi

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