le 1 mai 2014
I am neither a biblical scholar nor a zealot.
I thus write this review as simply someone with an interest in many things (and a writer into the bargain), one of the 'things' being Jesus of Nazareth. As such I say: a more in-depth study of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth you will not find.
In 'Zealot - The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth' - I discovered a Jesus very removed from the one I had come to know as a child in the compulsory Sunday-before-Church-Service classes I had attended from the age of 5 to my confirmation into the Calvinist Dutch Reformed Church. The man I discovered in Reza Aslan's book is much more 'human' than the one of those classes. He is a 'flesh-and-blood' human being, not a celestial entity, which, according to the interpretation of the bible of those classes, was going to send me to hell if I did not, for example, say my prayers every night before I went to bed. He is a man with compassion for his fellow men.
I practice no religion today. Instead I believe in mankind and in science. Stalin once said: 'Who needs a god, when you have science?' I will not go that far.However, science we do have.
This is the first book of Reza Aslan I have read. How to tell you that no matter what religion you practice, and even if you do not practice any, this book is a must-absolutely-read.
I will now read Reza Aslan's other books too.
Mr Aslan, you have my respect and admiration.