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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Westbourne Press (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908906278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908906274
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,804 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

About the Author

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.


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