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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth


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From the internationally best-selling writer of No god however God comes an enchanting, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions concerning the man we all know as Jesus of Nazareth. Two-thousand years in the past, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle employee walked throughout the Galilee, gathering followers to ascertain what he known as the “Kingdom of God”. The revolutionary motion he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state prison. Inside a long time after his shameful loss of life, his followers would name him God. Sifting by means of centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new gentle on considered one of historical past’s most influential and enigmatic characters by inspecting Jesus by means of the lens of the tumultuous period during which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered by means of the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry – a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred responsibility incumbent on all Jews. And few figures higher exemplified this precept than the charismatic Galilean who defied each the imperial authorities and their allies within the Jewish spiritual hierarchy. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels towards the historic sources, Aslan describes a person filled with conviction and fervour, but rife with contradiction; a person of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and religion healer who urged his disciples to maintain his identification a secret; and finally the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his temporary lifetime.