Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | August 14, 2015

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: IMG The Blind Spot of United States History



    The most frequent question readers ask about An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is "Why hasn't this book been written before?" I'm... Continue »
    1. $11.20 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$16.50
List price: $27.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Christianity- Christology

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

by

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Cover

ISBN13: 9781400069224
ISBN10: 140006922x
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $16.50!

 

Awards

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.

Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal.

Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.

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.

Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.

Review:

“A bold, powerfully argued revisioning of the most consequential life ever lived.” Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Review:

“The story of Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential narrative in human history. Here Reza Aslan writes vividly and insightfully about the life and meaning of the figure who has come to be seen by billions as the Christ of faith. This is a special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original.” Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Review:

“In Zealot, Reza Aslan doesn't just synthesize research and reimagine a lost world, though he does those things very well. He does for religious history what Bertolt Brecht did for playwriting. Aslan rips Jesus out of all the contexts we thought he belonged in and holds him forth as someone entirely new. This is Jesus as a passionate Jew, a violent revolutionary, a fanatical ideologue, an odd and scary and extraordinarily interesting man.” Judith Shulevitz, author of The Sabbath World

About the Author

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Born in Iran, he lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 4 comments:

P.M. Bradshaw, August 19, 2015 (view all comments by P.M. Bradshaw)
Three and a half stars.
Excellent research, no doubt. Paints a picture of Jesus of Nazareth as a man (and a somewhat political one at that), as opposed to being Christ, the son of God. You learn about the political world of the times, and Jesus's role within that world, trying to upset the apple cart of a government out to oppress and suppress his people, the Jews. Excellent insight into the man's motivations, political and otherwise.

But by not detailing any of the man's preachings, you paint only half the picture. I don't think you get a full view of the man that was Jesus of Nazareth. I think it still would have shown a man who thought deeply and held deep convictions about his people and people in general, without having to ask the question "Was he divine, the son of God?" So the leaving out of the teachings seems to me to be a major flaw in any attempt to define or redefine the man who was Jesus of Nazareth. A good book for what it is, but perhaps a little lacking.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
gary w cannon, August 16, 2013 (view all comments by gary w cannon)
In Zealot, Reza Aslan's scholarly research explores the times and characters leading up to and immediately following the death of Jesus. Aslan balances the Jesus of the Gospels with the itinerant Jewish carpenter preaching revolutionary ideas against Roman occupiers and Temple leaders.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(3 of 6 readers found this comment helpful)
salingcrew, August 2, 2013 (view all comments by salingcrew)
I had the privilege to meet and hear Reza Aslan at his book signing at Powell's. However, he is outright dishonest in what he says and writes. Consider pages 185 & 186 of his book.

1.) Aslan says that the Apostle Paul says he is superior to all the other apostles. Fact: Paul said he is the least of all the apostles 1 Cor 15:9

2.) Aslan says that Paul holds contempt for James, Peter, and John, mocking them as "so-called pillars of the church." Fact: Paul commends them as apparent pillars of the church Galatians 2:9 "And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship"

3.) Aslan says that Paul said of James, Peter, and John "Whatever they are makes no difference to me...those leaders contributed nothing to me" quoting Galatians 2:6. Fact: He was not referring to them, but others who he deemed false brethren and teachers.

4.) Aslan says that Paul believes he is better because Jesus gives him secret visions, a prideful man. Fact: Paul never boasted of his visions, but manifested humility in it by sometimes speaking in the third person (2 Cor 12)

5.) Aslan says that Paul implies in Galatians 1:15) that rather than being the 13th apostle, he is the 1st apostle because he was chosen before the foundation of the world, while Jesus didn't pick the others until he was with them. Fact: Paul said it was only because of the grace of God he was appointed as an apostle. Plus, Jesus said all the apostles were ordained before the foundation of the world John 15:16)

It is very evident that Aslan is not being scholarly or academic in his portrayal of a "historic Jesus," but is plainly being dishonest, twisting and lying about what the New Testament writers say. This is not a matter of "diverse interpretations," but very clear dishonesty to advance his agenda in trying to undermine the real historical Jesus.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(9 of 15 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 4 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400069224
Subtitle:
The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Author:
Aslan, Reza
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336

Other books you might like

  1. This Town: Two Parties and a...
    Used Hardcover $7.95
  2. Night Film Used Trade Paper $8.95
  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society and... Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. Looking for Alaska
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. Killing Jesus: A History Used Hardcover $14.95
  6. The Phenomenon of Man Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Political
Featured Titles » Bestsellers
Featured Titles » Biography
Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » New Arrivals » Nonfiction
Featured Titles » Staff Picks
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
Religion » Christianity » Christology
Religion » Christianity » Featured Titles
Religion » Christianity » History
Religion » Christianity » Theology » General

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.50 In Stock
Product details 336 pages Random House - English 9781400069224 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A bold, powerfully argued revisioning of the most consequential life ever lived.” Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
"Review" by , “The story of Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential narrative in human history. Here Reza Aslan writes vividly and insightfully about the life and meaning of the figure who has come to be seen by billions as the Christ of faith. This is a special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original.”
"Review" by , “In Zealot, Reza Aslan doesn't just synthesize research and reimagine a lost world, though he does those things very well. He does for religious history what Bertolt Brecht did for playwriting. Aslan rips Jesus out of all the contexts we thought he belonged in and holds him forth as someone entirely new. This is Jesus as a passionate Jew, a violent revolutionary, a fanatical ideologue, an odd and scary and extraordinarily interesting man.”
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

       
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.