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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Hardcover)

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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 of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal.

Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.

Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why ...

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Born in Iran, he lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

Author:
Aslan, Reza
Genre:
RELIGION / Christian Theology / History
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
296
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House Inc
Publish Date:
07/16/2013
Copyright Year:
2013
ISBN:
9781400069224
Height:
9.5 in
Wdth:
6.5 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
1.25 lb
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  • iintelligently written historical account

    This is more than a biography. An excellent historical account of the life and times of Jesus Christ. outstanding in-depth research.

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    Was on a library waiting list for this book for two months. Finally, broke down and bought it. It was an extremely well-written, well-researched, well-documented view of Jesus of Nazereth. For anyone interested in the historical Jesus and his times, I can highly recommend this book. It explains so much.

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