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Larry

Powder Springs, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1365)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's 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.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Reza Aslan failed to provide adequate research...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a case where I simply disagree with the research of the author, Reza Aslan. Reza used the reason, "Scholars disagree" many times as a basis for discrediting the Bible. Furthermore, Reza quoted Josephus to contradict a portion of the scriptures, where I thought the Josephus writing actually confirmed the killing of John the Baptist during 28 to 30 CE. I tried to approach this book with an open mind, and provide the author a chance to make his case for Jesus basically being a worthy zealot, but not the son of God. Time and time again, Reza would select Gospel scripture, and simply discredit it for the reason, "Scholars disagree...", and insinuate that about 50% of the Gospels is purely mythical. For those who choose to doubt the Gospels, this would be a great read.


    What was most disappointing about Reza Aslan’s story?

    In my humble opinion, the book was not well researched. It appeared to me that the author had an agenda of discrediting the Gospels, and used this book as a forum to do so. Reza's favorite reason for disagreeing with the New Testament is "Scholars disagree." I could also add, that many scholars over the last 2,000 years do indeed agree. I will concede that much of the Bible is based on faith, and the Bible makes that clear.


    What didn’t you like about Reza Aslan’s performance?

    Reza's performance was okay.


    What character would you cut from Zealot?

    The character that I would cut from Zealot would be the author. The book is a worthy subject. Jesus was indeed a zealot, and many other things as well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book to discredit Christianity, this could be for you. I would encourage readers to research this subject further in other sources.

    14 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (242)

    Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

    Celia says: "Generally quite good"
    "Diarmaid MacCulloch is not a serious Bible scholar"
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    What would have made Christianity better?

    The author, Dairmaid MacCulloch, misquoted many basic Bible facts, that any child growing up attending Sunday school would know. I anticipated a well researched book, in which I would learn new information. However, the more I listened to this audio book, the continued historical inaccuracies became too much of an irritation to continue to listen.


    What was most disappointing about Diarmaid MacCulloch’s story?

    Too many historical inaccuracies to be taken as a credible read.


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Walter Dixon is an excellent narrator, and once again did a fine job reading subject book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed that the author claimed expertise in a subject they barely knew. Sad in the knowledge that I wasted a credit on this author. There are several good books available on this subject, but don't waste your money on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should refund credits anytime its products are this bad.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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