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Zeolot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan - Non Fiction Pick

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

Who was the Jewish peasant who, two thousand years ago, walked across what is now Palestine to gather followers with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God? Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious "King of the Jews" whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity. Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth's life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time and the birth of a religion.





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  • Betsy

    Great discussion with a really insightful and interesting group of attendees!

    October 3, 2013

  • Todd

    I enjoyed my first book discussion with the group. I'm looking forward to seeing you all again.

    October 3, 2013

  • Dan S.

    It was great to see and meet everyone. A good discussion about the book, and about other religious topics.

    October 3, 2013

  • Liz B

    Thanks everyone for the great discussion!

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed our discussion!

    October 2, 2013

  • Todd

    This will be my first book club meetup. I have to admit, I don't have the book finished yet, but I am looking forward to a lively discussion.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't have the book in time, but I have read a lot of Bart Ehrman and I've read a lot of the early christian writings. I would love to sit in and discuss, but i understand if someone else who has read it wants to take the spot.

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • Liz B

      Plenty of room available Christine, we wold love to have your input.

      1 · September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a few chapters in. I have never studied the Bible or biblical history and I am finding this examination of the historical Jesus fascinating. To say the least!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Dan S.

    I bought and started reading "Zealot". Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1 - and I already have a myriad of problems with Aslan's book! And I've already taken copious notes, and referred to other books I've read. How are others doing with it?

    1 · September 7, 2013

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