Zealot touches on a subject rarely covered, or perhaps avoided, in the rarely discussed historical Jesus. Using the context of documents from the time, he examines the contradictions of not just the New Testament and history, but the conflict between the gospels themselves. It is more than that, it is a history lesson on the events leading up to and contained in 1st century Palestine, as well. If you're interested in the history of the early church, the various factions of Jews of the time, and the Roman occupation and eventual destruction of Jerusalem, this book is for you.
I listened to it in two sittings the first time, and three years later I found it just as enjoyable during my commutes and gaming time. Aslan's narration is clear and enthusiastic, and his knowledge and expertise in the field comes through in his performance. I highly recommend it!
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
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.