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December 19, 2013
In my previous two posts I detailed some of the historical errors in Aslan’s interesting and readable bookZealot. In this post I’ll say some things about mistakes he makes about the New Testament. I’m not sure which kind of mistake is more troubling – the book is dealing both with ancient history and with the accounts of Jesus in the NT, so both history and the Gospels are of central importance. In any event, here is a sampling of the latter.
December 18, 2013
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December 17, 2013
In this post I would like to continue with some of the historical mistakes in Aslan’sZealot. When reading these, do bear in mind that I also had positive things to say about the book.
As in the previous post, I would like this one to focus on historical errors, or historical claims that have no basis in either our ancient sources or modern scholarship. I willnotbe discussing, in this post, the mistakes Aslan has made about the New Testament. That will be my next post.
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December 15, 2013
Yesterday I pointed out some of the features of Reza Aslan’sZealotthat I found to be commendable. In the next series of posts, starting with today’s, I’ll be pointing out the problems. There are lots of them. Some readers of the blog have objected to my (repeatedly, I’ll grant) pointing out that Aslan is not an expert. Now I’ll try to show why that is both obvious and unfortunate. There are mistakes scattered throughout the book. I’d say 1/3 to 1/2 of the pages in my copy have bright yellow l...
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December 14, 2013
I begin my assessment of Reza Aslan’sZealotby saying a few things about what I appreciate about the book. In subsequent posts I will talk about the mistakes that pervade it, and about my view of the overarching thesis that Jesus was principally a zealot in favor of a violent insurrection against the Romans.
But first, the positives. As everyone has said, over and over again, the book is extremely well written. It reads more like a novel than a historical reconstruction – it flows very well on...
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