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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.   Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked... show more
From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as 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 of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal.   Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.   Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.   Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.   Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.Advance praise for Zealot   “A bold, powerfully argued revisioning of the most consequential life ever lived.”—Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief   “The story of Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential narrative in human history. Here Reza Aslan writes vividly and insightfully about the life and meaning of the figure who has come to be seen by billions as the Christ of faith. This is a special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power   “In Zealot, Reza Aslan doesn't just synthesize research and reimagine a lost world, though he does those things very well. He does for religious history what Bertolt Brecht did for playwriting. Aslan rips Jesus out of all the contexts we thought he belonged in and holds him forth as someone entirely new. This is Jesus as a passionate Jew, a violent revolutionary, a fanatical ideologue, an odd and scary and extraordinarily interesting man.”—Judith Shulevitz, author of The Sabbath World
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400069224 (140006922X)
ASIN: 140006922X
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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AmySea
AmySea rated it
4.5 Zealot : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth / by Reza Aslan
Boy, how to begin this review? On my maternal side I come from a family steeped in Christianity. I have traced my family tree on that side back to the 1500s, and the absolute common thread running from my earliest traceable ancestor to my grandmother who just passed away a month before I starte...
rameau's ramblings
rameau's ramblings rated it
4.0 Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
There's a difference between Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, despite what you might've thought. One is a Son of Man, a historical figure, a man who lived and died in the first-century Palestine, the other, a Son of God, is a creation of his followers and a central figure of a religion called Chr...
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady rated it
3.5 Zealot, by Reza Aslan
An interesting book, though I was not necessarily convinced by all his arguments. (I was amused at how nasty he was to Paul.) The chief question I was left with after reading it was why there was so much zealotry, apocalypticism, and messianism floating around the holy land in the centuries befor...
11811
11811 rated it
5.0 Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
This was an excellent read. It was more of a history of 1st century Palestine than a biography about Jesus but the research was impeccable and the book as a whole was enlightening. I almost dropped a star because I think the central premise is ridiculous - that Jesus sought to overthrow the curren...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
4.0 Recommended reading for those of us living in a Christian society
This is not the Jesus that we are used to hearing about in church, at least not the church that I grew up in (a Baptist-like evangelical tradition). The author delves into the historical documents of the 1st century C.E. to learn more about the politics, religion and social conditions of the time...
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