Reza Aslan


Reza Aslan (born May 3, 1972) is an Iranian-American
author, commentator and religious scholar.
He has written two books on religion:

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Aslan is a member of the American Academy of Religion.
He is also a professor of creative writing at
         University of California, Riverside.

When I finished reading Zealot, I said to Mae,
"This is the best book I have ever read!"
   Aslan is not only a solid, honest scholar- he is an excellent writer!




In Progress====================


    -Reza Aslan 


   -Reza Aslan (Kindle


    The hillside hamlet of Nazareth is so small, so obscure, that its name does not appear in any ancient Jewish source before the third century C.E.ó not in the Hebrew Bible, not in the Talmud, not in the Midrash, not in Josephus. It is also the city in which Jesus was likely born and raised.  -Reza Aslan  (Kindle Locations 609-611)


    The Q material, which was compiled around 50 C.E., makes no mention of anything that happened before Jesusís baptism by John the Baptist. The letters of Paul, which make up the bulk of the New Testament, are wholly detached from any event in Jesusís life save his crucifixion and resurrection (though Paul does mention the Last Supper).
                                                                                                                                                                      -Reza Aslan (Kindle Locations 662-663)


    On the other hand, outside of Matthew and Lukeís infancy narratives, the virgin birth is never even hinted at by anyone else in the New Testament: not by the evangelist John, who presents Jesus as an otherworldly spirit without earthly origins, nor by Paul, who thinks of Jesus as literally God incarnate.  -Reza Aslan  (Kindle Locations 763-765)


    Many Jews in first-century Palestine strove to live a life of zeal, each in his or her own way. But there were some who, in order to preserve their zealous ideals, were willing to resort to extreme acts of violence if necessary, not just against the Romans and the uncircumcised masses, but against their fellow Jews, those who dared submit to Rome. They were called zealots.  -Reza Aslan (Kindle Locations 834-836)


     In fact, from the time he began his apprenticeship as a tekton to the day he launched his ministry as an itinerant preacher, Jesus would have spent most of his life not in the tiny hamlet of Nazareth, but in the cosmopolitan capital of Sepphoris: a peasant boy in a big city. -Reza Aslan   (Kindle Locations 885-887)


    The gospels present Pilate as a righteous yet weak-willed man so overcome with doubt about putting Jesus of Nazareth to death that he does everything in his power to save his life, finally washing his hands of the entire episode when the Jews demand his blood. That is pure fiction. -Reza Aslan  (Kindle Locations 917-919)


     With the last of the rebel fighters trapped inside the inner courtyard, the Romans set the entire foundation aflame, making it seem as though the Temple Mount was boiling over at its base with blood and fire. The flames enveloped the Holy of Holies, the dwelling place of the God of Israel, and brought it crashing to the ground in a pile of ash and dust. 
                                                                                                                                                              -Reza Aslan   (Kindle Locations 1215-1218)


     Vespasianís point was hard to miss: This was a victory not over a people, but over their god. It was not Judea but Judaism that had been defeated. Titus publicly presented the destruction of Jerusalem as an act of piety and an offering to the Roman gods.
                                                                                                                                                                 -Reza Aslan (Kindle Locations 1224-1226)

Zeal for Your House

     Is it lawful to pay the tribute to Caesar or not?Ē This is no simple question, of course. It is the essential test of zealotry. Ever since the uprising of Judas the Galilean, the question of whether the Law of Moses permitted paying tribute to Rome had become the distinguishing characteristic of those who adhered to zealot principles.
                                                                                                                                                               -Reza Aslan  (Kindle Locations 1315-1318)


 -Reza Aslan



(Kindle Locations 240-242)