Dec 2, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Aslan's biography seeks the "historical" Jesus and locates him in the context of a revolutionary from a Palestinian backwater fighting to liberate his people from Roman occupation. Aslan, a Muslim, notes that in this first century time and place there were many would-be messiahs proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of God when all non-Jews would be removed from the Holy Land. Most of these pretenders were crucified for sedition. Aslan credits Paul as the one who declares Jesus to be the savior of everyone (not just the Jews). As the Jesus movement spread, Aslan asserts Jesus, the vengeful radical, was transformed to the peaceful Christ.
This book is currently the number 1 bestseller on the New York Times Non-Fiction list. It has elicited a storm of both positive and negative reviews. Come and share your own opinions in our discussion of this book.