what did i find particularly impressive about [Nikos] kazantzakis’s [1951 book, The Last Temptation]? well, i knew there was an important figure described throughout the gospels (especially their later parts), i.e. the one who made vigil at the cross and to whom jesus appeared first after his resurrection (guess who?). but it took a genius mind to give an interpretation that there were strong, yet inexpressible mutual feelings between jesus and mary magdalene. the interpretation may be unacceptable to conservative christians (not to mention could break the hearts of many female ones), but quite logical considering the human aspect of christ. practical christian theologians often remind people of the great sacrifice jesus made by letting himself went to agonizing death, but kazantzakis presented a view that his sacrifice might be much greater than that.