Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Author Reza Aslan
ISBN-10 0812981480
ISBN-13 9780812981483
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A meticulously researched biography that challenges long held assumptions about Jesus from the host of CNNs BelieverNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Good Housekeeping Booklist Publishers Weekly Bookish 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 historys 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 zealotrya 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 Nazareths 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 Praise for Zealot Riveting Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account The New YorkerA lucid intelligent page turner Los Angeles Times Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace loving turn the other cheek true son of God depicted in modern Christianity even as he knocks down that image The Seattle Times Aslans literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops A vivid persuasive portrait Salon This tough minded deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus and honors him in the process San Francisco Chronicle

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