December 8, 2023


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‘There was not one Jesus Christ but two’: Review of Zealot by Reza Aslan

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Anvar Alikhan reviews Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan 


There was not one Jesus Christ but two. The first was the Jesus who was born of a virgin birth, who walked on water, turned water into wine, raised people from the dead, and was himself resurrected after death. But the second, and perhaps even more remarkable, Jesus was a real-life his­to­rical figure, who lived in Palestine circa 4 BC to 33 AD, and who arguably changed the course of world history more than any other living person. Of the first Jesus, we know a good deal, thanks to Biblical sources; of the second, we know almost nothing. And that is something that author Reza Aslan sets out to address with this book.

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