The life and times of jesus of nazareth july 1, 2017 cb forde [ editor's note: this review was written when reza aslan's zealot: the life and times of jesus pf nazareth , first came out in 2013. To answer this question we must first recognize that almost every gospel story written about the life and mission of jesus of nazareth was composed after the jewish rebellion against rome in 66 ce. 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.
One is tempted to say that aslan's zealot is only a biography of jesus of nazareth the way that robert graves's i, claudius and claudius the god are biographies of the roman. Reza aslan's zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth is an attempt to rehabilitate the jesus as a failed military revolutionary argument that is well-known and well-worn in jesus studies. Reza aslan along with other writers attempting to trace the development of jesus, the inspiration for christianity, admits that the only sources of academic research on the man is the bible along with a brief mention by the roman biographer flavius josephus. Reza aslan's zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth resurrects the theory that jesus' ministry and death are best explained against the background of jewish zealot movements at the turn.
Aslan seems to dust off sgf brandon's old 1960's-vintage thesis that jesus was a zealot guerrilla and marry it to the pop culture's superstition that the council of nicaea invented jesus' divine nature and decided the nt canon. Comprehensive review & analysis: 'zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth' by reza aslan january 28, 2014 in best of , book reviews , religion , reviews by pacejmiller like everyone else, i found the title zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth too provocative to ignore. When i saw that reza aslan's portrait of jesus, zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth, had risen to number one on the new york times bestseller list, i must confess, i was both. In zealot, reza aslan argues that jesus of nazareth was a man at war, not a man of peace. Zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth by reza aslan is a study of the historical jesus and the jewish people and their relationship with the romans rez aslan is an iranian-american writer and is on the faculty of university of california, riverside.
Reza aslan interview - 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. I certainly rely on the gospels to provide a narrative outline to my biography of jesus of nazareth, but my primary source in recreating jesus' life are historical writings about first century palestine, like the jewish historian flavius josephus, as well as roman documents of the time. Aslan contends that an illiterate day laborer called jesus was part of an insurrectionary tradition in israel, and the story of this che guevara of the early middle east was co-opted by the dastardly saul of tarsus, aka saint paul, who defanged the zealot and turned him into an apolitical metaphysician. Reza aslan is an acclaimed writer and scholar of religions whose books include no god but god: the origins, evolution, and future of islam and zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth. In his book zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth, reza aslan follows this long tradition, settling on the hypothesis, also around for hundreds of years, that jesus was a jewish zealot, a rebel against rome and the romans' local agents mr aslan's book has been greeted with unwarranted controversy.
Zealot questions what we thought we knew about jesus of nazareth—even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of his 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. Review of reza aslan's zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth reza aslan grew up in a nominally muslim family in northern california, and converted to christianity at age thirteen after two decades of rigorous research into the origins of christianity he concluded he had previously been duped, and returned to islam (xix.
Reza aslan was born into a persian family and islamic faith, but was so enamored of the story of jesus that he converted briefly to christianity as a teenager.
Zealot: the life and times of jesus of nazareth is a book by iranian-american writer and scholar reza aslan it is a historical account of the life of jesus and analyzes the various religious perspectives on jesus as well as the creation of christianity it is a new york times best seller. Reza aslan, has written one of the best books of this type that i have read on the topic of historical jesus of nazareth it is comprehensive and comes at the topic from all angles it is a good account and puts the events into a historical context.