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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140006922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400069224
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A bold, powerfully argued re-visioning of the most consequential life ever lived." --Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

"Reza Aslan writes vividly and insightfully about the life and meaning of the figure who has come to be seen by billions as the Christ of faith. This is a special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging and original." --Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

"Compulsively readable ... this superb work is highly recommended." --Publishers Weekly

"[Aslan s] literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vivid, persuasive portrait of the world and societies in which Jesus lived and the role he most likely played in both. . . . Fascinating." --Salon

"Aslan s riveting biography ... synthesises Scripture and scholarship to create an original account." --The New Yorker

"...Aslan s insistence on human and historical actuality turns out to be far more interesting than dogmatic theology... This tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process." -- San Francisco Chronicle
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"This is Jesus as a passionate Jew, a violent revolutionary, a fanatical ideologue, an odd and scary and extraordinarily interesting man." --Judith Shulevitz, author of The Sabbath World

"A lean, fast-paced account of First Century Palestine, often revealing and always finely written, which attempts to locate Christ within his historical landscape. It deserves special praise for the endnotes, which dispense with page references in favour of informal essays, and provide an overview of the whole field of contemporary 'Christology'." --Nicholas Blincoe, The Telegraph

"Reza Aslan s powerful new Zealot paints a vivid, accessible portrait of Jesus... a coherent and often convincing portrait of who Jesus was and what he wanted." --Tablet

"A book of outstanding research and a gripping read. Page after page of excellent prose offer insight into what it was like to be living under Roman oppression and why there was a multitude of messiahs offering hope and freedom." --The Middle East in Europe

"A book of outstanding research and a gripping read. Page after page of excellent prose offer insight into what it was like to be living under Roman oppression and why there was a multitude of messiahs offering hope and freedom." --The Middle East in Europe

"Reza Aslan s powerful new Zealot paints a vivid, accessible portrait of Jesus... a coherent and often convincing portrait of who Jesus was and what he wanted." --Tablet --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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 was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award finalist and is an international bestseller. It was named by Blackwell s 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. Aslan is currently associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cardinal Biggles on 7 Feb. 2014
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This was one of the most interesting books I read last year. Let me be clear, this is a book about a man called Jesus. It is not written as a religious book. It is not a book about faith. It is written objectively as an academic text, with an historical orientation, and little room for obtuse theologian arguments. The author has been very careful in what he has included in the text to -presumably- keep the Bible-belt dwellers and Daily Mail readers of limited breadth of vision from getting upset. To much so, perhaps as I finished the book with my interest stimulated but not fully satisfied. I wanted more.

The first section of the book deals with Jesus' early life and times, including his time with John the Baptist. The second with his surprisingly short ministry and death. The third section looks at the founding of the early church and establishing and altering the pure (Jewish) basis of the faith for a wider gentile audience.

There are huge gaps. Some are understandable - the author doesn't write where there is no evidence to discuss. However, having rationalised so much in his writing, and focussed on Jesus as a man, with human ambitions for a Jewish state governed by God's law in it's purest form, we are still left with question marks. Despite being grounded firmly on Jesus was a human being when it comes to discussing his work, disciples, ambitions and intentions, no discussion is made, for example, of how Jesus earned such a reputation for healing and miracles. It is stated that they were not magic tricks or illusions, as others (named) were doing at the time. It is acknowledged that miracles happened. And that his fame was based on them. So how did Jesus the man achieve this? An unwelcome gap that needed more discussion IMHO.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Holley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2014
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Aslan is an outstanding writer! For example, his description of a day at the temple is wondrous - it would be worth the price of the book for this passage alone.

It is probably impossible now to reconstruct the real Jesus with any accurancy. The information to do so simply does not exist. However, Reza Aslan probably has a better chance of success than most - because he was not brought up from a small child in a Christian environment. For those of us who were, we can read the texts but we don't understand, because our conditioning prevents us from seeing clearly.

Much of what Aslan tells us is based on the historical context of first century Palestine, and this approach yields many insights. I suppose one could argue that Aslan sometimes pushes and pulls at the evidence to make it fit his 'zealot' argument. But then again, most books about any subject do the same.

I recommend this book to all. It's not perfect, but at the very least it is always thought provoking and will enhance the understanding of any reader (except those whose minds are bolted firmly shut).
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By R.S. Gompertz on 6 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
When analyzing the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth, if you remove faith from the equation you're left with a few hard facts and a lot of historical context.

This book is as more about the times Jesus lived in than Jesus himself. He lived in an era of brutal Roman occupation, failed rebellions, false messiahs, Jewish nationalism, rampant illiteracy, a corrupt Jewish priesthood, and massive differences between rich and poor.

60 pages of notes and research references document both sides of academic arguments. This is not a haphazard book of opinions. It's a meticulously researched, balanced analysis.

Jesus lived in a time of apocalyptic visions, culture clashes, and competing religious orthodoxies. Judging from the debate and attacks this book has inspired, so do we.

The author is respectful of his subject. His final conclusions is that "Jesus the man is every bit as compelling as Jesus the Christ ... He is, in short, someone worth believing in..."

People of faith as well as `ye of little faith' will find this a fascinating read. Believers have an opportunity to deepen their faith. Skeptics and non-Christians have an opportunity to increase their understanding. Only zealots will find reason to be offended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Oct. 2013
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I was not sure how I would react to this book. However, I found it riveting and very well written. The research appears meticulous and the author has strictly divided the book in to two; the narrative without footnotes and a second portion which outlines the sources. The author challenges many of the Christian views held by millions. But like so many others who have written on the subject of Christ or Jesus of Nazareth, there is insufficient evidence that things are as they seem to be be or not to be. You cannot criticize the gospel writers for their presentation of the "story" as "fabricated" to fit a desired scenario, then use the gospels themselves as providing evidence as a primary source.

Nevertheless, the book is well written and generally convincing which will upset pious Christians. So, the author states that Jesus did not restore the Kingdom of God as he envisaged. I believe that whatever or whoever this man was, he has left a legacy. We may not accept the mythology but there is no doubt that in the subsequent development of Rabbinic Judaism, the so called "parting of the ways" between the early christian community and the synagogue, the rise of islam, Jesus of Nazareth is a figure to be reckoned with. He has left a profound legacy which stimulates a certain sprituality and even if the story as propounded by the author is true (ie., that Jesus was just another healer/zealot), does it really matter.

A lot more might be said but the reader must come to his/her own conclusion. There is much to consider here and I really believe that the book is well researched and provocative. Individual piety will determine if it is all a stage too far.
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