Monday, 27 January 2014

Brajesh's Review : Zealot - The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth

This book is NOT about "Jesus the Christ" BUT about "Jesus of Nazareth". I feel so completely fulfilled to start 2014 with "Zealot - The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth". This stunning non-fiction, historical examination of one of the most important personalities of modern history - Jesus Christ.

Zealot, has a line which summarises Reza Aslan's attempt through his views on the gospels of Mark - Mathew - Luke and John (in that chronology). In this he writes how the attempt of these gospels was NOT to record history as it happened through events BUT to record things as they "were meant to be".

In fact, I feel that if we all look at our mythology and religious writing as attempts of explain things "not as they were, but as they were MEANT TO BE", the world of ethics will be a richer, happier and saner place.

This objective and purely historian's point-of-view, helps you respect Jesus as a "man" separately from his identity as the Son of God.

I won't be surprised if this book generates a truck load of controversy and protests. I am already marking this as a strong nominee for the non-fiction book of the year.

I was in love with this book even before I met Reza Aslan (rockstar of JLF 2014) and got 4 of his books signed as gifts for family.

Rating : 5 / 5

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