Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
First edition
AuthorAnne Rice
Cover artistanonymous, (Funeral Portrait, Pushkin Museum)
CountryUnited States
Media typePrint (Paperback & Hardback)
Pages384 pp
Preceded bypr 
Followed byChrist the Lord: The Road to Cana 

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005) is a book by Anne Rice that depicts the life of Jesus Christ at the age of 7 to 8. Rice wrote the novel after returning to the Catholic Church in 1998.



Beliefnet named Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt its 2005 Book of the Year on the basis of its "creativity, its unique spin on one of the world's most important religious figures, and for its impact on Christians and other readers".[1] Janet Maslin of The New York Times said "The restraint and prayerful beauty of Christ the Lord is apt to surprise Rice's normal readers and attract new ones".[2] Lev Grossman of Time said "This is in fact an intensely literal historical, reverent treatment of a year in the life of Jesus, written in simple, sedate language".[3]


A film based on the book was scheduled to start shooting in October 2007 in Israel,[4] produced by David Kirkpatrick, co-founder of Good News Holdings. The production company hoped to release the film in the Fall of 2008.[5] However, the project was cancelled due to "creative differences".[6]

Rice announced that a new development for the film adaptation was underway. It was being written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh (his wife, Betsy, would also help). FilmDistrict at first acquired the U.S. distribution rights, but distribution shifted to Focus Features.[7] According to Rice, production was slated to begin in Fall 2014 in Rome, Italy, with the film's tentative release date set for March 23, 2016.[8]

Production commenced on September 11, 2014, in Matera, Italy, and concluded sometime before November. The film was released in the U.S. on March 11, 2016.

Follow-up books[edit]

The second book in the series, The Road to Cana, was published in 2008.

While answering questions at the 2012 New York Comic-Con, Rice confirmed that she had no intention of developing a third book due to the potential controversy it might generate.[6][9]


  1. ^ "The Best Spiritual Book of the Year".
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (3 November 2005). "A Boy Tells of Angels, Bethlehem and Family". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Young Messiah". 11 March 2016 – via IMDb.
  5. ^ The Passion of the Rice - IGN
  6. ^ a b Out of Egypt Scrapped - Christianity Today Movies
  7. ^ Team, The Deadline (21 June 2013). "FilmDistrict Buys 'Christ The Lord' Pic Based On Anne Rice Novel For 2015 Bow".
  8. ^ "Jesus Movie 'Christ the Lord' to Hit Theaters on Easter Eve 2016". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 July 2014.
  9. ^ Joel Rivera (16 October 2012). "Ann Rice Panel from New York Comic Con 2012". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.

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