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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 6 Aug. 2013
I have read quite a few books on "The historical Jesus". The late Geza Vermes, Emeritus professor of Jewish studies at Oxford, wrote some fascinating stuff on the Jewish background of Jesus in Jesus The Jew and The Changing Faces of Jesus. Also Paula Fredriksen in Jesus of Nazareth, King of The Jews, and E.P Sanders, The Historical Figure of Jesus gave well-researched accounts. These were/are academics and specialised in The New Testament (and more in the case of Vermes). THey are interesting but properly cautious in their views. Aslan seems to go way beyond this in portraying Jesus as some sort of political revolutionary. Whatever else, I don't get the impression from The New Testament or most scholars' views that Jesus was quite of this ilk. He may have looked for a social/spiritual revolution in Judaism, but not for some possibly violent nationalist overthrow of the existing order - he regarded his mission as much more important/deeper than that. Jesus was not some sort of military leader in addition to a religious leader. Aslan seems to have his own theory to the contrary and cherry picks from the sayings attributed to Jesus those which suit his own outlook, while simply rejecting those which do not fit his theory (though that's common enough in this field). It doesn't matter if an author in this field is atheist or Jewish or Christian or Muslim (as in this case), but the quality of the argument and whether it is supported by credible evidence and interpretation and analysis does matter. The other books I have mentioned, written by academics with expertise in this area fit that category. If people are interested in a recent non-Christian account by an academic who tries to analyse the sources, rather than promote some pet ideology try Maurice Casey's Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian's Account of His Life and Teaching. T&T Clark in London, New York, 2010.


Gathering Stones
Gathering Stones
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery - highly recommended, 7 Jun. 2012
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Unfortunately for Penelope Hatton, the debut novelist, around whose death, the plot revolves, she is murdered at the beginning of the novel! The remainder of the novel is about how Max, the protagonist, uncovers her past and the characters he meets along the way.
It's a very well-paced novel with a sparse style that makes it very difficult to break off reading - you just keep wanting to see what will come to light next! Max keeps amassing leads and contacts and pieces Penelope's background together.
It's a poignant story and this mood is also reflected in the characters and themes of the novel. The lives of the characters come into contact, even form relationships but always have secrets and confidences that they want to keep to themselves - rather like the lawyers who keep popping up in the story. The writer is excellent in reinforcing these themes by references to such things as technology and communication and work which dominate the everyday lives of the characters yet emphasise their relative detachment from each other.
The novel culminates in a trial of Penelope's alleged killer although we are left unsure almost to the end whether the person accused is the killer. The details of the trial are very well-related and seem to be told with a lawyer's eye for legal matters.
All in all, the author's well-paced style and eye for character and the detail of modern life means that while the book is a very satisfying mystery, it is also rather more than that. Highly recommended.


Epson T0711 - Print cartridge - 1 x black
Epson T0711 - Print cartridge - 1 x black
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars IJT - appalling service, 15 Sept. 2011
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Ordered black ink cartridges and was sent wrong colour. Numerous emails to them before responses claiming they were having difficulties with their email (perhaps the volume of complaints?).
Steer clear of this shower.


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