[the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth]

Audiobook CD - 2013
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A lucid, intelligent page-turner" ( Los Angeles Times ) that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, from the host of Believer

Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God.

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus' life and mission.

Praise for Zealot

"Riveting . . . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account." -- The New Yorker

"Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn . . . Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, even as he knocks down that image." -- The Seattle Times

" Aslan's] literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vivid, persuasive portrait." -- Salon

"This tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original." --Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

"Compulsively readable . . . This superb work is highly recommended." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, Inc., [2013].
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804192576
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD 254.901 ASLAN R
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr., 9 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 13, 2019

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Apr 29, 2017

Very well read by the author. It aims to be a biography of Jesus (the "historical Jesus"), but by about two thirds of the way through it tends to meld into... well, lets just say out of history. It describes well the political, social, and cultural facts of the place he lived and his followers, especially his brother and St. Paul, and what those two in particular had to deal with after Jesus' death. Numerous factual biographical contradictions are addressed, and reasonably clarified.

Apr 22, 2016

One wonders at times whether some histories are meant to be works that literally define what an author thinks or whether the author has an eye to how provocative and therefore marketable some ideas are. I really enjoyed this work, although I could never quite shake the above thought, but there were many ideas that did make me think and research further. There is enough in here for anyone to engage with, and to be honest, the author is very upfront about his perspective and (potential) bias toward certain interpretations.

Oct 19, 2015

Good source to learn history

Feb 13, 2015

listing this book as nonfiction is a bit of a stretch according to contemporary historians. There is value only if other sources are compared with the authors ideas.

Jan 18, 2014

The author writes well. It is an interesting topic that the author covers in a style and depth accessible to the general public. But he develops his arguments based on a select set of facts and ignores others. For example he cites the Good Samaritan parable to buttress his argument that Jesus despised the priests (ok) but he fails to cite the same parable and makes the argument that Jesus was uninterested in the gentiles (not ok). The main point of the parable was to address the question of "who is my neighbor". The author also has a habit of buttressing his point of view by stating "Most scholars ..." which is unsatisfying. If we don't believe that "most dentist recommend ..." why should be believe the author? Based on reading the book, the title is misleading. A better - though longer -title would be "How Paul garbled the message of Jesus".


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