Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Biblical scholar Reza Aslan looks at life in Nazareth in the first decades of the Common Era. Under the Roman occupation, with the Herodian collaborators, how would a typical Jewish male peasant and day-laborer have lived his daily life? What did it mean, in that time and place, to overturn the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple? Or to preach that the Kingdom of God is here? What did the phrase "Son of Man" mean, and is that an accurate translation of how Jesus referred to himself?
Aslan also discusses the accuracy of the authors of various gospels; that is, who wrote them, why they were written under the names of apostles who had died decades before, and how accurately they described the preachings of Jesus.
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