Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Paperback)
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DescriptionSifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic figures by examining Jesus within the context of the times in which he lived: the age of zealotry, an era awash in apocalyptic fervour. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a complex figure: a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity secret; and the seditious 'King of the Jews', whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his lifetime. Aslan explores why the early Church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary, and grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself. Zealot provides a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel, and a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time and the birth of a religion.
- Published: 03 March 2014
- Format: Paperback 318 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781908906298 ISBN 10: 1908906294
- Sales rank: 969
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Reviews for Zealot
This is such a well written book. I found I learned a lot from it, and enjoyed this exploration of the historical Yeshua. My experience doesn't stop with having read the book. The journey continues after you read the book if you delve further into the content historically and theologically. Reza Aslan has presented a lot of complex research into a highly engaging experience about one of the most influential revolutionaries of all time. Kudos Mr. Aslan. by Dana Raymanunder review