Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Hardback)
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Short Description for Zealot #1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY"Good Housekeeping - Booklist - Publishers Weekly - Bookish" 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 pre...
- Published: 19 November 2013
- Format: Hardback 296 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781400069224 ISBN 10: 140006922X
- Sales rank: 4,869
Reviews for Zealot
A non-historical piece of creative writing
I read this book hoping to gain an insight from an academic point of view on a historical Jesus. Reza Aslan proves to be neither a historian, nor someone interested in presenting an academic argument, often quoting bits of scripture he deems suitable to support his argument, and then rubbishing the rest of it (often from the same author) when it does not. This book should be read as Aslan's INTERPRETATION of Jesus of Nazareth, and nothing more - not the authoritative truth, not even a historical account, but a piece of creative writing by someone who thinks of Jesus in a certain way, based on a semi-educated guess.
Reza Aslan does not use other sources well, often opting for scholars with extreme views, or simply omitting engagement with other scholars and opposing views and debates when it does not suit him.
Most importantly, for all the work Aslan does to say that Jesus Christ and the Jesus of history are completely separate people, he fails to address the most crucial elements of the Christian narrative, that is, the resurrection, the change in the lives of the disciples, the claims the Jesus of history claims regarding his Godhood, and the miracles and good works performed by him.
Reza Aslan's book is informative at certain points, definitely easy to read and entertaining, and it is not hard to see he excels at creative writing (which he has qualifications for, as opposed to Christian history) - but it is nothing more than his own interpretation of the Christ, riddled with errors, questionable assertions and inconsistencies. by Caleb Guang Shang Goh