The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through 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 duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804148757
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file, 8 hr., 9 min.)
Additional Contributors: Books on Tape, Inc

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Apr 29, 2017

Very well read by the author. It aims to be a biography of Jesus (the "historical Jesus"), but by about two thirds of the way through it tends to meld into... well, lets just say out of history. It describes well the political, social, and cultural facts of the place he lived and his followers, especially his brother and St. Paul, and what those two in particular had to deal with after Jesus' death. Numerous factual biographical contradictions are addressed, and reasonably clarified.

Apr 22, 2016

One wonders at times whether some histories are meant to be works that literally define what an author thinks or whether the author has an eye to how provocative and therefore marketable some ideas are. I really enjoyed this work, although I could never quite shake the above thought, but there were many ideas that did make me think and research further. There is enough in here for anyone to engage with, and to be honest, the author is very upfront about his perspective and (potential) bias toward certain interpretations.

Oct 19, 2015

Good source to learn history

Feb 13, 2015

listing this book as nonfiction is a bit of a stretch according to contemporary historians. There is value only if other sources are compared with the authors ideas.

Jan 18, 2014

The author writes well. It is an interesting topic that the author covers in a style and depth accessible to the general public. But he develops his arguments based on a select set of facts and ignores others. For example he cites the Good Samaritan parable to buttress his argument that Jesus despised the priests (ok) but he fails to cite the same parable and makes the argument that Jesus was uninterested in the gentiles (not ok). The main point of the parable was to address the question of "who is my neighbor". The author also has a habit of buttressing his point of view by stating "Most scholars ..." which is unsatisfying. If we don't believe that "most dentist recommend ..." why should be believe the author? Based on reading the book, the title is misleading. A better - though longer -title would be "How Paul garbled the message of Jesus".


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