Skip to comments.Reza Aslan's Jesus book a No. 1 bestseller, thanks to Fox News
Posted on 07/29/2013 6:36:50 PM PDT by EveningStar
Near the end of Reza Aslan's strange, 10-minute television exchange with Fox News, the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," gives voice to a thought thats entered the mind of many an author while being interviewed: Im afraid it seems like you havent read my book.
The interview, now circulating widely on social media sites, has helped propel the book to No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list Monday.
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Note to Reza Aslan: write about your Prophet Mohammed. The only reason you haven’t is you’re afraid of being murdered.
A muslim “debunks” Jesus. How fresh and new.
I take it that you read the book. I haven’t and I probably won’t.
If I were interviewing him, I would thank him and tell him that I was looking forward to his sequel about the life and times of the zealot mohammed.
The Christians didn’t issue a fatwa calling for his death. His book wasn’t banned in twelve countries. This author is just butt-hurt from a interview he didn’t like.
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The publication of the book and the fatwa sparked violence around the world, with bookstores firebombed. Muslim communities in several nations in the West held public rallies, burning copies of the book. Several people associated with translating or publishing the book were attacked, seriously injured, and even killed
Time to cram for your Final Exams, Reza!
As God said to Job, “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” Job 38:3
I won’t read a book written by a follower of a child-raping prophet. How about this: I write a book about cooking bacon to Mooslums?
Yup, Jesus was a Zealot.
John 2:15-17 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
And who but a zealot would shed His Glory as God to be born a worm of a man in order to rescue us other worms...
2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Thank God for such zeal and love to rescue and save us.
Aslan’s not just a muslim, he’s a lib, married to a lib, they live in Hollywood and his primary field isn’t religion but creative writing. In short he’s a complete phony.
SFGate.com is claiming that he completely embarresed FNC’s Lauren Green with his “knowledge” which he completely misrepresented:
From the SFGate comments section:
I am a scholar of religions with four degrees including one in the New Testament . . . I am an expert with a Ph.D. in the history of religions . . . I am a professor of religions, including the New Testamentthat’s what I do for a living, actually . . . To be clear, I want to emphasize one more time, I am a historian, I am a Ph.D. in the history of religions.
Aslan does have four degrees, a 1995 B.A. in religion from Santa Clara University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and wrote his senior thesis on “The Messianic Secret in the Gospel of Mark”; a 1999 Master of Theological Studies from Harvard; a 2002 Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Iowa; and a 2009 Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
None of these degrees is in history, so Aslan’s repeated claims that he has “a Ph.D. in the history of religions” and that he is “a historian” are false. Nor is “professor of religions” what he does “for a living.” He is an associate professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of California, Riverside, where his terminal MFA in fiction from Iowa is his relevant academic credential. It appears he has taught some courses on Islam in the past, and he may do so now, moonlighting from his creative writing duties at Riverside. Aslan has been a busy popular writer, and he is certainly a tireless self-promoter, but he is nowhere known in the academic world as a scholar of the history of religion. And a scholarly historian of early Christianity?
Needless to say, this post got a lot of “thumbs down” responses.
The guy is Iranian-American, who converted to Evangelical Christian about 15 YO; then "lost his faith when he studied the history of Christianity."
I believe Harvard Divinity was converted to Harvard School of Demonics long ago, so that may explain a lot.
And this is not the first book about Jesus and Zealots, which is a very common theme surrounding the historical Jesus. Myself, I still have the book, Jesus and the Zealots, that I read 20 years ago, which was published in the 60s.
And it is not just Jesus. If you want to have an understanding of the political background during Jesus' times, you should read a book on the Herod family.
Or for a broader knowledge read Josephus.
Thank you, Ben Ficklin.
“Aslan”? No. He is “Shift”.
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