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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

9/20, 阅读计划 2014 - Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth ~ Reza Aslan

saw an interview of the author on youtube, thought this might be a interesting read. the narrative makes it easy to read even when the context and history is extremely foreign to me.

Time of turbulence, wars and rebellion. This is not about Jesus of of the Gospel but the one from history (or at least history as perceived by the author).

There are a lot of pretty vivid description and some explanations on the contradictions. The author tries his best to explain how he arrives at certain conclusions or at least the most probable scenario.

It's interesting how all the gospels are written decades after the death of the man and how the Christianity was permanently defined by a Roman.

"Two thousand years later, the Christ of Paul's creation has utterly subsumed the Jesus of history. The memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history."

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