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 ?Kingdom From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously res...

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Title:Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Author:Reza Aslan
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Genres:History
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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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Alejandro
    Apr 13, 2014

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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 *Very 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...

  • Joseph
    Jun 19, 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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

  • Jason Koivu
    Jul 30, 2017

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Elliot Ratzman
    Aug 03, 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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book was an interesting and consuming read, intriguing and challenging to what I've known about Jesus and Christianity. I'm certain it will get a lot of press and be vilified by some readers for the questions it brings into focus about the development of Christianity. Having said ...

    I first bought Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth in a fit of pique; I?m not sure if I ever seriously intended to read Reza Aslan?s scrupulously researched and well-conceived account of the historical Jesus. I had seen the travesty of Aslan?s interview on Fox News, w...

    Nothing new to offer here. Only thing I enjoyed was pissing off my Christian friends sitting in range of my audiobook ...

    As a non-Christian Religious Studies prof who has read a number of ?historical Jesus? books I am delighted that Zealot will lead people to read more scholarly works on the origins and early years of the Christian movement. Aslan?s account of Jesus as anti-imperial revolutionary i...

  • Jim Marshall
    Aug 08, 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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Ivonne Rovira
    Jan 26, 2014

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book was an interesting and consuming read, intriguing and challenging to what I've known about Jesus and Christianity. I'm certain it will get a lot of press and be vilified by some readers for the questions it brings into focus about the development of Christianity. Having said ...

    I first bought Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth in a fit of pique; I?m not sure if I ever seriously intended to read Reza Aslan?s scrupulously researched and well-conceived account of the historical Jesus. I had seen the travesty of Aslan?s interview on Fox News, w...

  • Hadrian
    Jun 19, 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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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

    "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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book was an interesting and consuming read, intriguing and challenging to what I've known about Jesus and Christianity. I'm certain it will get a lot of press and be vilified by some readers for the questions it brings into focus about the development of Christianity. Having said ...

    I first bought Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth in a fit of pique; I?m not sure if I ever seriously intended to read Reza Aslan?s scrupulously researched and well-conceived account of the historical Jesus. I had seen the travesty of Aslan?s interview on Fox News, w...

    Nothing new to offer here. Only thing I enjoyed was pissing off my Christian friends sitting in range of my audiobook ...

  • Maryellen
    Jul 03, 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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book was an interesting and consuming read, intriguing and challenging to what I've known about Jesus and Christianity. I'm certain it will get a lot of press and be vilified by some readers for the questions it brings into focus about the development of Christianity. Having said ...

  • Roger DeBlanck
    Jul 18, 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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • BlackOxford
    Jun 04, 2018

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Oct 02, 2014

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    This book was an interesting and consuming read, intriguing and challenging to what I've known about Jesus and Christianity. I'm certain it will get a lot of press and be vilified by some readers for the questions it brings into focus about the development of Christianity. Having said ...

    I first bought Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth in a fit of pique; I?m not sure if I ever seriously intended to read Reza Aslan?s scrupulously researched and well-conceived account of the historical Jesus. I had seen the travesty of Aslan?s interview on Fox News, w...

    Nothing new to offer here. Only thing I enjoyed was pissing off my Christian friends sitting in range of my audiobook ...

    As a non-Christian Religious Studies prof who has read a number of ?historical Jesus? books I am delighted that Zealot will lead people to read more scholarly works on the origins and early years of the Christian movement. Aslan?s account of Jesus as anti-imperial revolutionary i...

    Full disclosure: I was raised Catholic and started to question religion around the time I went to college. Since then I'm not sure what I identify as -- perhaps spiritual but nonreligious. Either way, I am always fascinated by history and this book gave me a glimpse of Jesus as an hist...

  • Erin
    May 20, 2018

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 so...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    ?...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:...

    Finding Rena Aslam'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...

    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...

    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...