Reza Aslan on the historical Jesus

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In his provocative new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, writer and religious scholar REZA ASLAN offers his perspective on Jesus not as a figure of faith but from an historical perspective. Drawing on what is known about the tumultuous era in which he lived — first-century Palestine under Roman rule — Aslan questions some commonly-held views of Jesus and argues that he was a Jewish revolutionary interested in overthrowing the authorities not in becoming God incarnate. Aslan’s previous book is No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.

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