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Zealot: The life and times of Jesus of Nazareth

Zealot: The life and times of Jesus of Nazareth BOOKS
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Zealot: The life and times of Jesus of Nazareth
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Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jew, preacher and miracle worker, crossed Galilee from one end to the other, attracting followers, to establish what he called "the kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he sparked was so threatening to the establishment that he was arrested, tortured and executed as a common criminal. A few decades after his humiliating death, his followers would call him God. Reza Aslan writes a provocative, fascinating and thoroughly detailed biography that calls into question old and deep-rooted perceptions of the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.

By comparing and illuminating the Jesus of the Gospels with the historical sources, Aslan paints a portrait of a man full of faith and passion, who is nevertheless torn by contradictions: a man of peace, who encouraged his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist, who healed by faith and urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and finally the subversive "King of the Jews", whose promise to free them from Rome was not fulfilled during his short life. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to spread an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And it grapples with the puzzle of how Jesus understood himself—the mystery that lies at the heart of all subsequent controversy about his divinity.

"Jesus of Nazareth and His Times" offers a fresh take on one of the greatest stories ever told, while at the same time validating the radical and groundbreaking nature of the life and mission of Jesus of Nazareth.