The way the story was build. It takes you from the history of how Jesus came into picture and what was his motive.
For anyone and everyone like me who simply could not reconcile the Old Testament God with New Testament Jesus. Reza Aslan walks the reader step by step through the transformation of Historical Jesus to Jesus Christ. Many thanks to Mr. Aslan for authentic, historic truth.
Shows how Paul co-opted Christianity along with the Romans to sell it to the Gentiles in Rome. Peter and James remained Jews after Jesus' death, following the laws of the Torah and Moses. The Romans then clearly destroyed Jerusalem, killed everyone, and forever severed the ties between That destroyed Temple in Jerusalem; while marginalizing James (the bishop of bishops) and Peter (head and first apostle). Oh yes, they burned lots of documents in Jerusalem and basically turned to Paul's refuted teachings, the disgraced and censured, into what is basically 50% of the New Testament.
It's hard to deny a work so thoroughly investigated and minutely examined. There seemed to be several assumptions that I viewed as reckless and I still hold my reservations to these. However the defining hammer blow to me was how Reza ruthlessly held to account the contradictions in the New Testament. Not only did he focus on the glaring contradictions that forced me as a young Christian to question this entire religion, Reza focused on many more.
I have always thought the shaky transition from Jesus' teachings and original apostles to an unknown and self appointed Paul, conveniently transitioning from salvation of the Jews to salvation of all willing Gentiles as questionable and undermining of Christianity.
In short, this book while a celebration of who historical Jesus may have been is damning evidence of the illegitimacy of today's Christianity.
Reza really dives into setting the background of the time and place where Jesus lived. Through outlining the cultural context of the time he points to what the most probably conclusions are about the actually historical figure of Jesus.
Reza did an excellent job of staying on point and focus in on the historical elements, being weary not not to get too sidetracked. He painted a picture of the historical Jesus that is the most probable narrative of the historical figure Jesus. However he did not spend much time on historical knowledge that presented challenges to narrative. In this was he was biased and the reader should acknowledge there are some holes to his narrative. Regardless, Zealot is a intriguing, thought provoking read beneficial for anybody who wants to further understand the context of the world Jesus lived in and what we can deduct are the facts about his life.
Answered many questions but created many more. I love the authors all in confidence on a controversial topic. No matter what view you have the evidence is largely circumstantial. I would love to hear a debate with an opposing view.
I was raised roman catholic, and attended 12 years of catholic education. This book is so full of things I've never heard before it is astounding. I am obligated to recommend this book for the simple fact that it has reignited my interest in learning about Jesus.
I was taken by the historical perspective of the life of Jesus of Nazareth and the eventual metamorphosis into the Jesus Christ that is known today. I have listened 3 times and interested in learning more.
This book offered a fantastic argument wrapped in sound judgement and educational integrity. It forced me to understand the Bible in a whole new light and respect the Jesus figure in a way I never thought imaginable. Will definitely read again and again!