A Book Review by Judy Ebeling
We have a new book titled Zealot by the internationally acclaimed Muslim writer and scholar Reza Aslan. It is a fascinating account of the times and life of Jesus. In it he challenges long held assumptions about James & Paul, Jesus and John the Baptist which some might find disturbing, but give us new insight.
One example is the story of John the Baptist’s death, which he says was a fanciful folk tale with echoes of the Biblical account of Elizah’s conflict with Jezebel. Mr. Aslan says that the reliable account of John’s story can be found in historian of the times Josephus’ writings in Antiquitus. It said that Antipas feared John’s growing popularity and was afraid of a people’s insurrection. Even Antipas’ soldiers were flocking to John. So he charged John with sedition, sent him to the fortress of Machaerus where he was put to death between 28 and 30 CE. Yet John’s fame outlived Antipas. His life and legend were preserved in independent “Baptist traditions.”
This is just one of many examples of the research Reza Aslan presents in this book – a must read! The acclaimed author and scholar of religions was born in Iran and now lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Zealot can be found in the Bible Commentaries section.