Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the ?King From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously resea...

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Title:Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Author:Reza Aslan
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Genres:History
ISBN:Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:296 pages pages

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Reviews

  • Diane
    Jul 18, 2013
    This is a fascinating look at the historical, social and political context of the First Century in Palestine and of Jesus the man. The information will be familiar to religious scholars, but Reza Aslan writes so well and synthesizes so much knowledge that he makes it accessible to the ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Sep 28, 2016
    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is a book by Iranian-American writer and scholar Reza Aslan. It is a historical account of the life of Jesus and analyzes the various religious perspectives on Jesus as well as...
  • Alejandro
    Apr 13, 2014
    Excellent book! Some fellow reader friends recommended me the book and also I noticed the author in a documentary series "Secrets of the Bible" on History Channel since he was one of the people making comments there and identifying him as the writer of this very book. So, I thought ...
  • jordan
    Jul 16, 2013
    Reading Reza Aslan's short history of Islam, "No God but God," one quickly understood the book's purpose. As a Western educated theologian, Aslan wished to take Islam back to its roots. He sought to compose a portrait of the prophet Mohammed that was enlightened and egalitarian. Likewi...
  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
    Jul 31, 2013
    "Hello there! Jesus of Nazareth.....Right?" "Um, yes that's me, and you are?" "Stephanie, nice to meet you." "How did you know my name?" Said Jesus "And what the devil is that contraption you're sitting on?" "This is a time machine, a lawn mower/laptop, freak lightning str...
  • Matt
    Jul 10, 2019
    ?The crossbeam would be attached to a scaffold or post, and Jesus?s wrists and ankles would be nailed to the structure with three iron spikes. A heave, and the cross would be lifted to the vertical. Death would not have taken long. In a few short hours, Jesus?s lungs would have t...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    Jun 19, 2013
    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan is a study of the historical Jesus and the Jewish people and their relationship with the Romans. Rez Aslan is an Iranian-American writer and is on the faculty of University of California, Riverside. He came to America in 197...
  • Jimmy
    Oct 05, 2014
    Let me start off on a tangent. I've been watching some Reza Aslan clips on YouTube and been really pleasantly surprised by some of his perspectives. This one for example: Q: As a historian and scholar, as you read all this, how can you still believe any of these religions? A: I don...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Dec 07, 2013
    For the Exhaustive Review: CLICK HERE> In The Shadow Of The Cross: Jesus, before The Christ Once Upon a Time, there was a Great Empire. At its very edges, hardly noticed, was a small region. A minor kingdom in fact. A Theocracy of sorts, now. The Empire was not too concerned...
  • Anne
    Sep 08, 2017
    3.5 stars The entire time I'm reading Zealot, I'm seeing this: Ok, ok. So, I really thought this was interesting, especially the all of the cool history-ish stuff that happened before, during, and after Jesus' birth and death. BUT. Occasionally the author comes off like s...
  • Jason Koivu
    Jul 30, 2017
    Jesus was no messiah, but rather a kind of zealous bandit. This is what you will take away from biblical scholar Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. After having read the book, I can't disagree with his conclusions. Not everything Aslan proposes rings true ...
  • Jim Marshall
    Aug 08, 2013
    I was raised and educated as a Roman Catholic, so I don?t know if people from other faith traditions would be as surprised and grateful as I am for the insightful revelations made in this book about the historical Jesus. Aslan is careful to distinguish this Jesus?the historical Jes...
  • Marvin
    Jul 28, 2013
    Let"s face it. Theologians and religious historians will never get along. I am reminded of a scene in Clifford Simaks' clever time travel novel, Mastodonia. The inventor of a patented method of time travel is met by a rabbi, a priest, and a Protestant minister who wants to buy the excl...
  • peter
    Jul 29, 2013
    some interesting things I learned in this book about Jesus the man: - Jesus was born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem. - Nazareth was a small village but he had to often travel to the big metropolis close by, so he saw the rich/poor gap. - Jesus was a radical Jewish nationalist, who op...
  • Hadrian
    Jun 19, 2013
    Like most people here, I first heard about this book thanks to the stunningly ignorant interview they conducted of the author and the further conspiratorial hit pieces about Jewish bankers performed on him by Glenn Beck in the following days. It goes without saying that these attempts ...
  • Tom LA
    Mar 21, 2016
    Informative and engaging summary of recent scholarship positions on the historic Jesus. I wish they had taught me this during my catholic school years. Not that it changed anything for my spiritual life as a catholic, but the point is, this is very important information to have sto...
  • Jan-Jaap van Peperstraten
    Jul 29, 2013
    Aslan is a good writer, he knows how to put an exciting yarn on paper. He is, unfortunately, also a poor theologian and "Zealot" certainly doesn`t do what it says on the tin. "Zealot" is riddled with factual errors and based on an extremely limited selection of verses from the hypothet...
  • Greg
    Aug 12, 2013
    I have read quite a lot of books written by Scripture scholars attempting to "unpack" both the First and Second Testaments (a more respectful way of saying "Old" and "New" Testaments), and this ranks as one of the very best. Why! 1) It is very approachable. Mr. Aslan may be a sch...
  • Marina Nemat
    Aug 19, 2013
    Mr. Aslan has a thesis, and he has written Zealot to prove it. As we soon find out while reading the book, Aslan intends to accomplish his mission at any cost, sometimes even at the cost of betraying logic and the very historical facts he claims to draw his conclusions from. Very ea...
  • Mario Sundar
    Jul 15, 2013
    Oh. My. God. I'm just done with Part I of this book, which is a breathless roller-coaster of a narrative that seems to meld the painfully bureaucratic themes of "The Wire" with the ferocity of "Game of Thrones" to describe the world that was Jerusalem under Roman occupation before,...
  • Jan Rice
    Jan 06, 2016
    There are some reasons I can't review this book as I normally would, say, by summarizing chapters and key concepts. Once a month for three months (one each for Parts I, II and II) I led a discussion group on it, so I gave it a close read. It turned out that what that entailed was fi...
  • Matt
    Apr 11, 2017
    Finding Reza Aslan's biography of Jesus of Nazareth was timely, this being the holiest of weeks for many Christians around the world. Some readers are likely familiar with the key events in Jesus' life: family discussions, Sunday School classes, or even sermons at a weekly gathering sp...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Apr 08, 2017
    Nothing new to offer here. Only thing I enjoyed was pissing off my Christian friends sitting in range of my audiobook ...
  • Roger DeBlanck
    Jul 18, 2013
    Dr. Reza Aslan sets forth at once a fascinating, insightful, and impassioned study of the historical life of Jesus. In portraying Jesus as a man with all his lifelike faults and ambitions, Aslan brings us closer to understanding the individual who became known as Christ better than any...
  • Jason
    Jul 01, 2013
    The author seeks to balance the Jesus of the gospels with the ?historic Jesus.? It is important for readers to know this, as it impacts the possible reception of the book. As a believer in Christianity, I hold the words of the Bible in high regard, believing scripture to be true. ...
  • Jaidee
    Aug 01, 2013
    3 fascinating yet frustrating stars ! This was a fascinating book that was well-researched but the layout was very frustrating to me. The notes were all at the end (in the ebook- and I wish that they were footnoted throughout the book to give greater clarity and breadth as I was r...
  • BlackOxford
    Jun 04, 2018
    The Contextual Jesus The textual religions of The Book - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - have a common problem. No matter how hard they try, they can?t stop their adherents from interpreting their foundational texts, often in diverse and incompatible ways. Among the interpretat...
  • Darwin8u
    Jul 29, 2013
    ?...most people in the ancient world, did not make a sharp distinction between myth and reality. The two were intimately tied together in their spiritual experience. That is to say, they were less interested in what actually happened, than in what it meant." ? Reza Aslan, Zealot:...
  • Erin
    May 20, 2018
    I've been told that this book is controversial, that's why I wanted to read it. I don't read many religion related books, because I don't really believe in religion. I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school the majority of my school aged years. I believe in God and I follow th...
  • William2
    Apr 25, 2019
    I?ve been looking for someone like either Karen Armstrong and/or Elaine Pagels, whose works I have devoured. It?s funny, I guess it?s because I?ve heard him on TV so often, but I can hear Aslan?s professorial voice as I read?a bit of synesthesia. I think of this as exeg...