Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom ...more
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Paul had the last laugh because the reality of the “historical Jesus” was that of a zealot who opposed both Roman rule and the Temple, and preached an impending arrival of a new Kingdom on Earth that he would rule, overthrowing the established order and restoring Judea to Jewish hegemony. This was the Jewish expectation of anybody claiming to be the Messiah.
Once the Romans razed Judea and destroyed the Temple, which occurred before some of the canonised Gospels were written, this view of Jesus became highly inconvenient. It was better for the early Christians if Jesus could be painted as somebody who was not a political opponent of Rome; to do otherwise was to invite persecution. So the Jesus message evolved into a Kingdom not of this world, and a man who did not preach violence or Jewish exclusivity, and did not oppose Rome. The evolution of Jesus’ image can be clearly traced chronologically; the later the Gospel, the more the Jews tend to be blamed for Jesus’ execution, for example. Aslan shows that these later images were post facto Pauline inventions, and not at all what Jesus’ own words indicate.(less)
"Um, yes that's me, and you are?"
"Stephanie, nice to meet you."
"How did you know my name?" Said Jesus "And what the devil is that contraption you're sitting on?"
"This is a time machine, a lawn mower/laptop, freak lightning strike.....and ta da! Time machine. A friend of mine let me borrow it so that I could come to your time and talk with you. See, I read this book about you and I decided to stop by here because there's some stuff we need to get straig ...more
I'm just done with Part I of this book, which is a breathless roller-coaster of a narrative that seems to meld the painfully bureaucratic themes of "The Wire" with the ferocity of "Game of Thrones" to describe the world that was Jerusalem under Roman occupation before, during and after the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
The author's attempt here, unlike Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, is not to ridicule the contradictions in the New Testament, but to rather present as historic ...more
In The Shadow Of The Cross: Jesus, before The Christ
Once Upon a Time, there was a Great Empire. At its very edges, hardly noticed, was a small region. A minor kingdom in fact. A Theocracy of sorts, now. The Empire was not too concerned about them, but they knew in their hearts that they were the Chosen People. Their religious books and prophesies told them as much. They believed fervently that one day a savior will come and return the kingdom of god and ...more
Some fellow reader friends recommended me the book and also I noticed the author in a documentary series "Secrets of the Bible" on History Channel since he was one of the people making comments there and identifying him as the writer of this very book. So, I thought that it was destined to read it at some point. Happily I was able to do it sooner that I thought.
This is a research book that Reza Aslan, the author, made a 20-years' investigation about all the possible sources about ...more
The book begins with a touching author's note, which tells how he first became interested in Jesus. It happened when Aslan was attending an evangelical summer camp in California:
"For a kid raised in a m ...more
The main points of his argument can be found in Chapter 10, "May Your Kingdom Come". In it, he summarizes his main point that Jesus Christ was a Zealot ...more
Very early in the book, Aslan clearly lays out his thesis: Jesus was “a zealous revolutionary swept up, as all Jews of the era were, in the religious and political turmoil of first-century Palestine—[he] bears little resembla ...more
The books good points: compelling, well-written, challenged a lot of well traveled myth-making by Christianity, Islam, etc., about the life and acts of Jesus of Nazareth. The bad points: there wasn't much NEW history here. This isn't groundbreaking history about Jesus, simply a rehash of ideas of other Early Christian historians that have been ...more
As a believer in Christianity, I hold the words of the Bible in high regard, believing scripture to be true. “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ES ...more
- Jesus was born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem.
- Nazareth was a small village but he had to often travel to the big metropolis close by, so he saw the rich/poor gap.
- Jesus was a radical Jewish nationalist, who opposed the Roman occupation of his homeland. He also hated his fellow Jews who were in higher positions who were basically puppets of the Romans and made money off of it.
- Nobody in history disputes the miracles done by Jes ...more
Q: As a historian and scholar, as you read all this, how can you still believe any of these religions?
A: I don't believe in a religion, I believe in God. The only reason that I call myself a Muslim is because the symbols and metaphors that Islam uses to talk about God are ones that I like, the ones that make sense to me. It's n
Le Zélote est un livre à thèse, qui s'appuyant sur un exposé de la situation de la Judée au Ier siècle de notre ère, tente d'en déduire un portrait "historique" de Jésus de Nazareth, personnage central des Évangiles. Toute la partie qui s'appuie sur de véritables sources historiques, (historiens gréco-romains, Flavius Josèphe, etc...) est excellente, informative, bien écrite, et offre une très bonne introduction à ce thème absolument passionnant.
Pour la partie relative à Jésus, je suis infinimen ...more
The interview by the exceptionally dim-witted Lauren Green was so incredibly dreadful that it proved hilarious, and it led to interviews with Piers Morgan, Now with Alex Wagner, an ...more
1) It is very approachable. Mr. Aslan may be a scholar -- and he is a very good one! -- but he is also a novelist at heart. In the first part of his book he takes information from many disparate sources and introduces us to the reality of what life was like in Palestine i ...more
Like most academic books, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is dense with information. This isn't a quick read, and I don't think author Reza Aslan intends it to be. As the introduction notes, the author was raised Muslim, embraced Christianity after a camp experience, and finally developed a more ...more
I was really, unexpectedly involved in this book, which made me feel more than a little uncomfortable at points, since I am a good little Jewish girl. However, at the same time I also felt justified because the book is mostly about Jewish history ...more
I can’t think of a book whose text I’ve highlighted more than Reza Aslan’s fascinating new biography, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” There are so many incredible points I’d never thought about, so many new takes on this 2000+ year-old story.
First off, this is not a debunking of Jesus Christ. It’s neither blasphemy nor sacrilege. The author, in his foreword, proclaims his Christianity. Still, this book might still make some devout Christians uncomfortable, even angry. Read it ...more
Full confession: I am a Christian who regularly attends church and a bible study but am in no way knowledgeable ...more
Like many, I started Zealot after Aslan's Fox interview went viral, out of interest. It's an engaging synthesis of Biblical scholarship over the past half-century, and the whole kerfuffle is vastly undeserved. That said, we live in a post-Enlightenment world where no realities are openly accepted except empiric reality, ...more
Jesus of Nazareth was not born in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth, a town of about 100 people in the foothills of the mountains in Galilee, a province of Palestine- the land ...more
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Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author most recently of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
He is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and abou...more
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Two thousand years later, the Christ of Paul’s creation has utterly subsumed the Jesus of history. The memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history.”