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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for zealots, 6 Aug 2013
This review is from: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (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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Initial post: 19 Dec 2014 19:43:04 GMT
A great foil to this is Crucify by Timothy Stoner. He points out again and again and again where Aslan has cleared ignored rationale, evidence and other words of Jesus just to prove his point. I will be reading Zealot but with a more suspicious eye given what Stoner says.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2014 05:10:25 GMT
D. V. Short says:
As Gompertz has said: "Only zealots will find reason to be offended."

Zealots will fear the truth of who Jesus really was, because for them their belief is more important than the truth.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2014 15:11:47 GMT
Hi D. V. Short, presumably you have read Crucify... and found ways to refute Stoner's refutations? There is more than one type of zealot you know... and if you are zealous for the truth you'll look at both sides of the argument, right? :-)
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