Saturday, September 14, 2013

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan

Rating: 4/5
272 pages
Publisher: Random House
Source: Library book

Description: From the bestselling author of No God but God comes a provocative & well-researched biography challenging long-held assumptions about Jesus. (From the dust jacket)

Review: Full disclosure, I'm not a biblical scholar*. In fact I've never even read the bible. I've tried a couple of times, but I got bored and gave up. I have picked up some random knowledge about the time period over the years, which seems to jibe with the author's presentation of the era.

Drawing from a number of sources, including the bible, we are presented with various facts about the time period and what the author thinks they tell us about Jesus's life.

I thought the author made a reasonably sound argument for his position on what the real Jesus was probably like. Given how little historical information there is about him, and all of it was written well after he died, this is really the best anyone can do without a time-machine.

I also found explanations on why certain events, that clearly aren't historically accurate, do exist in the bible enlightening.

Overall, if you have an interest in what he has to say, and how he came to those conclusions, this is probably worth a read.

*I can sing parts of Jesus Christ Superstar from memory, but I don't think that counts.

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