Skip to comments.Was Jesus Illiterate? [Muslim] Author Reza Aslan Thinks So
Posted on 08/01/2013 11:30:00 AM PDT by mojito
Author Reza Aslan believes that Jesus probably lacked the education to read a book like the Bible. Or the Torah, or any other written text for that matter, no matter the language.
Aslans new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is a revisionist take on the life of Jesus, arguing that his message of love was aimed more at a Jewish audience than a global one, that his attitude toward violence was far more complex than is generally thought, and that he was very likely illiterate.
All of these claims appear to be directly contradicted by passages in the New Testament, but Aslan argues those lines are mistaken, misinterpreted, or deliberately misleading.
Aslan, the author of the bestselling book No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was born in Iran and grew up a Muslim before converting to Christianity and then returning to Islam.
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While the Koran states that Mohammed was illiterate (and hence unable to read the Bible that the Koran repeatedly parodies), the New Testament shows Jesus reading (Luke), and shows that He was a scholar of Jewish law, which He presumably gained by reading (but of course, being God, He was the source of the Law, and hence it all gets complicated.) Let's just say that God could read, since He invented books, reading, language, the Bible....
This Aslan fellow is a the real idiot.
Wait until Reza explains to the muslims that Mohammed didn’t really fly on horseback through the skies.
16 - And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 - And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 - The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 - To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 - And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 - And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
What idiots these anti-Christian writers are.
Jesus was reciting Torah in the synagogue as a youth...
(and he even impressed the Jerusalem Temple priests)
and he quoted numerous Hebrew Bible precepts and teachings, indeed he was steeped in them....and he taught from them throughout his brief ministry
Jesus was anything but illiterate (and it would be a silly charge to levy against him anyway, given all that he taught and all that he represents)
(and he even wrote something, we know not exactly what) in the sand...
Remember that part of the New Testament where Joseph and Mary lose track of young child ( Jesus ), and they finally find him in the temple where he’s impressing the Rabbis with his knowledge of the Torah...?
Until he speaks, in detail, about his position on all things Islam, he is just another propagandist, ala Joseph Goebbels.
That’s precisely what the Koran denies that Jesus is, repeatedly. (Well, Jesus certainly isn’t the son of “Allah”, to be pedantic.)
I’m always liked the theory that he wrote the names of the women that the men with the rocks had had adulterous relations with.
All of Islam is like this.
Who could ever forget it?
Unlike Mo’, who had a big steaming pile of koran squoze out of him by an ‘angel’
The Fifth Joyful Mystery. Jesus was twelve.
Those definitely are Satanic Verses.
(Boy howdy, are they ever in for a surprise!)
that would do it
He surely wasn’t a documented pedophile.
Muslims place a high value on illiteracy, also on subhumanity.
Yeah, I can so imagine Rachel Jeantel giving the Sermon on the Mount.
Well at least He wasn’t a pedophile like Mohammad.
Is he kidding? The Son of God? Illiterate? Seriously?
They must be talking about the son of the moon god.
Our Lord was very familiar with scripture during the time of his ministry.
In fact, even as a child his knowledge of scripture was exceptional.
I’ve read the book, and its thesis has relevance to the current struggle between jihadist Islam and the West. The thesis is that Jesus was a zealot (small “z” to distinguish him from Josephus’s 4th philosophy) who advocated violent overthrow of political Rome and religious Temple Authorities; he was crucified for sedition.
This thesis is a reply to Pope Benedict XVI’s Regensberg Address, who argued that violence in the name of religion is irrational. Alsan, in essence, shouts back: “Hey, you Christians, how dare you criticize Islam for its origin and tradition of Violence, when your Messiah did the same?”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say? 6 They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground.[a] 9 When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? 11 She said, No one, sir.[b] And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.]][c]
Interesting that a professor of CREATIVE WRITING, would know so much about Christ.
More po-mo deconstructionism. And just as vapid as the rest of it.
So he rejects evidence and does not believe. Take a number.
I'm just mystified about his alleged story of converting from islam to Christianity and then back again. To convert from islam to Christianity is in many cases a death sentence. Why would anyone attempt such a thing unless they were absolutely sure? Seems like a bizarre tall tale to me.
What a fool!!
This coming from a man who faked his credentials.
Never mind that Jesus read in the temples.
It’s kind of hard to be illiterate when you are God, after all.
Seems to me as a kid he was teaching in the temple. And he makes reference to “it is written” several times. Educated rabbis are not unusual. Plus he surrounded himself with small businessmen, so my guess is they were not the town idiots.
Those who are historically illiterate might believe this idiot. Especially if they see themselves as oh-so-smart because they listen to NPR.
Was mohammed the mentally deficient son of a pig f’n dog? I believe he was. Piss be upon him.
“Yeah, I can so imagine Rachel Jeantel giving the Sermon on the Mount.”
More likely the “sermon on the blunt.”
I know one thing Jesus will not be reading. This guys name in the Book of Life.
The libs are also now furious with Shannon Bream at Fox for interviewing this author. Notice he’s labeld as a Muslim “scholar” while Shannon is a lowly reporter.
They called Jesus Rabbi—that means teacher. He knew his Torah and knew it well. As the firsst born son he would have been well educated and so were his half brothers James and Jude (or they may have been his brothers from another union—depending on your religion). This joker doesn’t know his facts. Being the son of God maybe he was given the power to read by God—Hey—Mohammed didn’t have education but—according to the Koran—Allah gave him the gift of reading and writing! If he could do it for old Mo—he would do it for Prophet/Son Jesus?
Joseph possessed the royal bloodline of David, and Mary possessed the bloodline of Aaron, so Jesus was eligible to be a priest-king. It is highly unlikely that he was illiterate and uneducated.
JESUS will deal with this soul directly... this muslim will stand before GOD for his evil.
I don't think any Muslim disbelieves that Mohamed took a child bride.
They seem rather proud of it, in fact.
Your verbiage gave me a chuckle.
A TV Cleric in Pakistan was giving away babies for Ramadan.... baby GIRLS....
I think we know what that is about.
Poor? The Magi Gold came in quite handy. Joseph was a carpenter. “Illiterate and Uneducated”. He’s God. If you built a time machine and tried to save Him from the Cross He would tell you in English by your name to go back. If He didn’t do it Himself. He also must have spoken several languages. Latin to Pilate. Hebrew to the Jews. Aramaic to the Gentiles.
This is what Muslims will never understand: that a revolution of the spirit is something utterly and completely different than forced conversion by the sword.
That Muslims can’t see the difference shows one of the big problems with Islam.
Nope, He’s God. Next..
Being “illiterate” is not the same as being stupid as many here are interpreting.
Given that at the beginning of our country(as well as through recorded time) most people were in deed, illiterate/
Were they stupid people? No, of course not.
Even great Nobility were illiterate because it was unnecessary for them to learn this rare skill.
In the days before the Gutenberg press made books inexpensive, it not uncommon for people to memorize whole wealth of knowledge that we today are too lazy to do so because it is easier to just writ things down or get a book.
It's called Oral History and it would have a common thing in biblical times to sit around a fireplace and listen to older folk recite all matter of subjects.
Mind you I'm not arguing Jesus are stupid but His ability to recite passage doesn;t necessarily mean he was able to read.
The Bible says Jesus read from the Torah in the synagogue. Besides, He was fully God. Of course he could read.
IIRC the title "Rabbi" means "teacher".
And literacy was rather wide spread in Judaism if only because it was the duty of all adult males to read in the synagogue.