Zealot author reza aslan on jesus of history versus jesus of faith. A response to zealot by reza aslan the good book blog biola. And they want the historical jesus to be like the christ, or to be like their christ. Balancing the jesus of the gospels against the historical sources, aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. A human history, is aimed at the analytically minded spiritual seeker, the type who hopes to answer deep questions on the divine with study data and tidbits. From the internationally bestselling author of no god but god comes a fas. Reza aslan is an acclaimed writer and scholar of religions whose books include no god but god. Reza aslan converted to christianity when he was a teenager, but became more interested in jesus than as a messiah. Like every other scholar with the chutzpah to try to divide the historical jesus accurately from the christ of christian faith, aslan does a lot of cherrypicking. The life and times of jesus of nazareth random house, 20, which has stirred up.
The life and times of jesus of nazareth is a book by iranianamerican writer and scholar reza aslan. The life and times of jesus of nazareth, was interviewed by fox news lauren green for spirited debate. Reza aslan on jesus as zealot a new bestseller interprets historys most influential man through the volatile world he came from. In the field of christianmuslim dialogue there has been a shortage of serious academic scholarship on the historical jesus or the new testament.
Reza aslans revisionist view of the historical jesus. The line about jesus most consequential life comes from pulitzer prize winner lawrence wright, who makes the claim on the back of reza aslans. Seeing ancient palestine as a hot bed of revolutionary activity, he finds the most plausible explanation of the historical jesus as one which sees jesus as revolutionary who was ultimately crucified for his antiroman views. Conservatives and evangelicals also have become interested partly due to a controversial fox news interview of aslan in late july 20. Reza aslan book is a readable defense of the schweitzerian theory of jesus so called because it was popularized by albert schweitzer in his quest for the historical jesus. The origins, evolution, and future of islam and zealot. The life and times of jesus of nazareth random house, 20, is in most ways a typical attempt to paint a. In zealot, reza aslan argues that jesus of nazareth was a man at war, not a man of peace. Reza aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, according to his online biography, has gotten a boost in sales and popularity from his embarrassing interview with a fox news anchor about his new book, zealot. Tony harris interview with reza aslan, author of zealot. Balancing the jesus of the gospels against historical sources, aslan describes a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves. The book that changed reza aslans mind about jesus. A human history, reza aslan has been a seeker nearly all of his life, looking for ways to connect with the divine. Why reza aslans jesus is dull, confusing, and lacking.
Which brings me to reza aslan s bestselling, attentiongrabbing, and radically skeptical book, zealot. The book that changed reza aslans mind about jesus the religious scholar from the viral fox news interview explains how dostoevskys the brothers karamazov taught him the difference between faith. The life and times of jesus of nazareth 20 is an historical account of the life of jesus, which analyzes the various religious perspectives on jesus, as well as the creation of christianity. The life and times of jesus of nazareth, reza aslan follows this long tradition, settling on the hypothesis, also around for. Balancing the jesus of the gospels against the historical sources, aslan describes a. It is a historical account of the life of jesus and analyzes the various religious perspectives on jesus as well as the creation of christianity. To get to the bottom of that mystery, which is what i try to do in the book, one must sift through the gospel stories to analyze their claims about jesus in light of the. The acts church today 97817897460 the early church spread with remarkable speed, impelled by joy, urgency, profound compassion, and the day. It is a historical account of the life of jesus and. Reza aslan is an acclaimed writer and scholar of religions whose books.
The life and times of jesus of nazareth recently has brought public attention, even fervor, to scholarly circles concerned with the historical jesus. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, reza aslan sheds new light on one of historys most influential and enigmatic figures by examining jesus within the context of the times in which he. In zealot, aslan aligns himself with the scholarschristian and otherwisewho argue for a clear distinction between jesus christ, leading. The life and times of jesus of nazareth the new york. The life and times of jesus of nazareth by reza aslan. Religious scholar reza aslan talks about his new book zealot, which uncovers the life of jesus of nazareth as a historical figure. The jesus of history versus the christ of faith youtube. In aslans telling, jesus was a political revolutionary who fought for social justice, championed the downtrodden, and sought actively to. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, reza aslan sheds new light on one of history s most enigmatic figures by examining jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Jesus, like other messianic figures of his day, called for the violent expulsion of rome from israel. The book that changed reza aslans mind about jesus the atlantic.176 379 951 732 33 1195 902 1278 531 1056 111 577 1463 1424 248 720 1207 960 1450 1505 301 363 1495 912 1133 1134 702 667 4 1476 18 357 65 157 1242 383 232