an original screenplay by Chris Shugart
When several clay jars are found containing ancient manuscripts, Professor Christopher David translates them and arrives at a remarkable discovery. According to the texts, there was a thirteenth Apostle previously unknown to biblical writing.
The Bible remains the all-time best seller and most widely read book in the world. But it’s despairingly short on laughs. Why didn’t God make it funnier? After all, an omnipotent being responsible for creating all things must also have an omnipotent and infinitely creative sense of humor. Why doesn’t the Bible reflect this essential aspect of life? Well, maybe at one time it did.
Professor David proceeds to relate the story of Murray, from his beginnings as a Jewish caterer, to his acendancy to thirteenth Apostle. Murray is both witness to, and active participant of the familiar events we know and recognize from the New Testament, meeting it’s well known figures along the way.
Not a spoof on Christianity, nor a satire on religion, The Book of Murray is a lighthearted alternative to the melodramatic fire and brimstone of all the biblical films that have preceded it. Without discounting traditional values, it amusingly adds that missing ingrediant: humor. And the story suggests that humor was never meant to be excluded. It’s the same story, but with a fresh and fanciful approach. Through his misadventures, Murray becomes the unlikely unsung hero who eventually saves Christianity.
It’s time to lighten up. It’s time to shed that lingering Judeo-Christian guilt. Life may not be as serious as you think. Once upon a time, a Jewish caterer named Murray found out how true that is.