if you can rid yourself from the fairy tales we've all been told about jesus, you will be incredibly entertained. Reza's reading this book is simply superb and unbeatable. if you can't, however, and you think you will sin for listening to what it is likely a much more realistic story abs (yet equally admirable) of jesus and not the christ of the Bible then be warned, for this is exactly just that book. So sin-prone readers beware.
Historical veracity questionable when built on numerous single assumptions. This book is helpful to those in understanding the rise of Islam and return to a religion of law.
....and those simply interested in a well researched compilation of the origins of Christianity.
Aslan's research and subsequent conclusions add further credence to those who question the very pillar in which modern day Christianity rests -- namely the divinity and very identity of Jesus Christ.
My only I wish a bit more time had been devoted to delving into the views of Jesus and beliefs of James -- the brother of Jesus -- and his followers..... Essentially the earliest true 'Christians'. Aslan does discuss this to some extent towards the end, but I think the book would have been better served to explore this in more depth as a 'counter' to what became of Christianity courtesy of Paul and his letters.
Really liked this one and read it twice and will read it again. Filled with information and it made me want to go find out if some of the things were true, partly true or false. Found it very interesting and thought provoking. Not so sure people with fixed ideas are going to like this book. Have a friend who thought it was blasphemy and refused to read the whole book. This book didn't bruise my faith but did make me look at history during this time. Found out how much I didn't know and was amazed at the things learned with a little research outside this book.
What distinguishes this reading from others is that the author himself is reading it and he puts all kinds of passions into it in a way that only the author can do it. The story itself may be a well worn one, but the author succeeds in transporting us back to the time of Jesus himself and some decades afterward, the time of immense upheaval in the Jewish world.
The title drew me. I'm always looking for information that helps make Christ more real to me....
Unfortunately what's starts out as a promise to help the listener understand the times and environment that Christ lived in, quickly degenerates into an attack on the person of Christ and His disciples. Motives are questioned, and fantastic suppositions made, characters are trashed (I'm being modest) and the New Testament is essentially left in the dog house. I really tried to stay the course with this book, but it became a bit unbearable around chapter 11-13.
If you want to arm yourself with unbelief and scorn in the deity of Christ and everything else that a Christian may hold dear, this is the book for you. The author does a thorough job of it. Bravo!
Aslan does a great job narrating ZEALOT. Now I want to get the printed version so I can examine the sources for this work. While the narrative of Jesus's life was what first attracted me to getting this book, the story behind the rivalry between the Church Leaders in Jerusalem and Paul was enlightening. I've read the New Testament a few times and the contradictory teachings always left me scratching my head. The explanation of the Messianic era and the Roman occupation of that part of the world was really concise.