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    was the title of the Michael Moorcock novella and the novel version that followed, late 1960s. The guy isn't a historian, though he does study a bit of Aramaic first; the time machine, built by others, breaks upon arrival and he can't return anyway. He becomes the biblical Jesus (perhaps without realizing it at first) after finding that the Nazareth carpenter's son is a drooling idiot, a young adult who can only speak his own name. Somewhere in there he meets John the baptist too. The story's told in a florid, often hallucinatory late-'60s style that was in vogue at the time, such as in the British magazine New Worlds; the hero is shown to be much at odds with himself and the world (and females in particular) before making his trip.

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