It's a profound analysis of the life of Jesus. as scientific as it can be. releases the Jews of Jerusalem from the charge of delivering Jesus to the Romans with very compelling arguments. Removes the mysticism's of the gospel and it's varying views of Jesus
It was fantastic. It was fascinating see how thoroughly Paul's teachings have divorced Jesus the Christ from Jesus the Nazarene. Putting the so-called Messiah squarely into the time and place where he lived and looking at his life through that lens paints a very different picture of him than what any modern Christian church teaches. What most people don't realize (I know that I never had) is that not only was Jesus on of many self proclaimed Messiahs in his day, our understanding of what the Messiah was has almost nothing to do with the Messiah of Jesus' day.
As a person raised in a Christian tradition, I actually found the revolutionary Nazarine more compelling than the Christ that persists today. Reza Aslan sums it up best with the final line of his book, "...the one thing any comprehensive study of the historical Jesus should hopefully reveal is that Jesus of Nazareth—Jesus the man—is every bit as compelling, charismatic, and praiseworthy as Jesus the Christ. He is, in short, someone worth believing in."
intriguing, thought-provoking, captivating.
It made a historical Jesus seem probable. Something I would not have agreed with prior to reading this book.
Great book, great performance. The author covers the life and times of Jesus, but moreover, the oppression he and his people experienced; the people who were for and against him; his brother James, Paul/Saul, etc. I gave the book 4 out of 5 because it really could have been cut in half--he uses a lot of superlatives and superlative phrasing to try and make a concept or scene more exciting. For example, "...such-and-such happened for one reason and one reason only:.." So many times, I was like "Just give me the dang reason.." No need to lead up to it with empty phrases. Also, he would spend a lot of times on one subject, essentially saying the same things over and over, and different ways. It's like, move on to the next thing already! Both of these reminded me of situations where a college student might use "filler" sentences in order to satisfy a word-count requirement for a writing assignment. I just don't think filler text or superlatives are necessary. Books should be concise and interesting on their own. Overall, good information on the historical Jesus and a good oral reading.
The author presents a cogent, insightful, yet provocative treatise. This book is by far the best attempt to uncover the historical Jesus that I have ever encountered. I strongly recommend it to anyone that wants a deeper understanding of christian theology.
Interesting how Mr Aslan recollects and does the patchwork, I found his arguments and narrations persuasive enough to take those with me. This book reconfirmed many of my doubts based on my own non-professional analysis. Good piece of work, and another droplet into the ocean of humanism and secularism.
For me Zealot brings continuity to an otherwise jumble of accounts and unbelievable tales. Even a Christian could gain much from the history provided in Zealot though they might not agree with the conclusions.
I loved this book and it gave me a lot of supporting resources to follow-up with. I'm excited to use this as a launching pad into my own journey into Jesus and who he was.
I just finished listening to this book for the 3rd time and each time my understanding of the differences between the historical Jesus and the politically correct version scriptures portray has become deeper. Jesus' mythical context was created over time by well-meaning narrators whose intent was to tell Jesus' story without raising the ire of the Roman oligarchy, who had the power to destroy the Jesus movement as it had almost obliterated the Jews. Well researched and well performed.
I'm not religious. Agnostic I guess. This was enlightening regarding Jesus the man, the culture he lived in & the early evolution of Christianity.