Thursday, 12 June 2014
Jesus the Zealot
Just finished reading "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan, a slightly different and interesting take on the life of Jesus and its impact. Aslan suggests that we have diminished the impact of Jesus by making him appear gentler than he really was. I am not sure I entirely agree, but I do agree that we, too often, don't let Jesus have the impact that he ought. The Zealots were revolutionaries and that bit fits. I certainly agree with Aslan's conclusion that "the one thing any comprehensive study of the historical Jesus should hopefully reveal is that Jesus of Nazareth - Jesus the man - is every bit as compelling, charismatic, and praiseworthy as Jesus the Christ. He is, in short, someone worth believing in."