Thursday, October 24, 2013
Book Review: The Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
During this time there were many Messiahs that came and went; none had the lasting power that Jesus captured from the writers of the time. Jesus was unique in that he performed miracles which the author documents as magic of the era.
The author chronicles the life of Jesus from his birth to his death; he was a simple man who had the gift of preaching in a manner that attracted crowds. Jesus came from a poor family with siblings. Aslan documents the challenges faced by Jesus from his contemporaries who also claimed to promote Christianity. Aslan also traces the roots of Christianity from Judea to Rome with detailed quotes and references from the writers of the time. There is an under current of political involvement that culminated to Jesus having the powers of divinity.
The Zealot is thoroughly researched as the author clearly indicates that most of the writings about Jesus were documented many years after his death.