Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
- July 16th 2013
- by Random House (NY)
- (first published 2013)
Original Title Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
- ISBN 140006922X
- (ISBN13: 9781400069224)
Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer and Scholar of religions. This book has been written from the point of view of a Muslim child who was converted, then disillusioned with Christianity. The author claims that exposure to Christianity was a break from his Muslim roots. The author soon found that the form of Christianity that converted him had many contradictions. He found problems not only in the cohesive story of the bible, but the contradictions with in the four main gospels.Stating that Mark was written first, followed by the opposing stories of Matthew and Luke. Not to mention the long delayed stories of John and Paul. He begins his research going back into history itself looking at Jerusalem, and the history of the Jewish culture. The sacking of Jerusalem was a common occurrence in history, as he states Jerusalem was a trifle pasted back an forth by conquers, sacked by Babylonians, Persians, and the Romans. Allowed to be rebuilt and again conquered by the next power in the world. His out look on Jewish belief and practices is practical but seems to lack the spiritual aspects, almost of a disbelief of the practices. He looks at the political and philosophical ideals of the Jewish culture during the occupation of the Holy land by the Roman Legions. Then focuses on the poetic zeal and movement of the ideology, that produced radical rebellion to the Roman Occupation. He begins his discussion of the Nazarene with disproving the beliefs set in Matthew and Luke, and denying the full filament of the prophetesses. He continues with the Zealot movement, and rebellion of Jerusalem and the Jews before and after the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Giving the reasons, and ideology that cause the movements, and rebellions. Also includes the Roman response, and annihilation of the Rebel Jews.
He spends chapters discounting Jesus as a messiah and anointed one, or the son of God. But does not deny his prowess as a magician, or healer as history does not contradict.. He focuses on the Zealots activities, and how his abilities and life were a change of political character. An interesting read, at least with a grain of salt.
He continues with the Zealot movement, and rebellion of Jerusalem and the Jews before and after the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Giving the reasons, and ideology that cause the movements, and rebellions. Also includes the Roman response, and annihilation of the Rebel Jews.