The Gospel of Lucas Gavilan is a contemporary 'paraphrase' of the familiar biblical narrative of the life of Christ as told by St. Luke. The author was moved by various Latin American spokesmen of the theology of liberation to attempt a novelistic dramatization of their basic tenets. Thus, the locale for the work is the slums surrounding Mexico City, and several rural communities and other urban areas scattered throughout central Mexico. The central figure of the novel reenacts in a Third World context the episodes in Luke's biography of Jesus, beginning with an ignominious birth in a tenement laundry room and ending with a violent death in a police van-the aftermath of brutal treatment by representatives of the political Establishment. Taken as a whole, these varied, intriguing 'parodies' of the Gospel manage to encompass virtually every exploitative situation imaginable within the Latin American societies of our day. Contents: The Birth and Hidden Life of the Baptist and Jesus; Prelude to the Public Ministry of Jesus; The Galilean Ministry; The Journey to Jerusalem; The Jerusalem Ministry; The Passion; and After the Resurrection.