AirTalk for July 25, 2013

Author Reza Aslan on his new biography of Jesus of Nazareth

Reza Aslan's new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”

Christian-turned-Muslim Reza Aslan’s new book on Jesus of Nazareth presents the life of Jesus within his historical context. Aslan chose to study the life of Jesus from a historical perspective because Aslan has always had a “fervent” interest in Jesus. At the age of 15, Aslan heard the Christian gospel for the first time and became a Christian. After reading the Bible and studying historical accounts, he concluded that the Bible’s record of Jesus was biased and could not be considered a pure biographical text. While still considering himself a follower of Jesus, Aslan converted back to Islam.

His new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” attempts to portray Jesus as a man, living as a Jew in a Roman government. In “Zealot,” Aslan’s Jesus was a revolutionary.

Aslan writes, “The Jesus that is uncovered in the process may not be the Jesus we expect; he certainly will not be the Jesus that most modern Christians would recognize.”

Who was Jesus? How does Aslan’s perspective differ from the traditional Christian view? How does Aslan’s faith affect his interpretation? Will this book impact the Christian community? How is Jesus’s life and story relevant today?

Guest:
Reza Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” and international bestseller “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” (Random House, 2005)


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