Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Overshadowed. A brouhaha following Reza Aslan’s interview with Lauren Green on Fox News boosted sales of his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. That’s good for Aslan and for those readers who might not have picked up this book had they not heard all the buzz. Aslan is a scholar and a Muslim who presents a very readable and accessible narrative about the historical Jesus. His scholarship draws on the work of many others in recent decades who have explored all sources of information about the historical Jesus. Aslan notes how the theology of Paul about Jesus the Christ overshadowed the historical Jesus. Both the historical Jesus and the Jesus of faith are worth reading about, and Aslan’s book will provide a great basis for book discussion among both believers and non-believers. If the minor kerfuffle over this book gets people from different religions talking about faith, that’s a good thing for everybody. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Zealot from amazon.com.

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