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When Aslan moves on from dealing with the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life to the writings of Paul, he makes a common, but largely discredited leap.

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Aslan’s understanding of “the Kingdom of God” is peculiar. He struggles to find evidence to support his determination that any teaching about “Kingdom” could only be understood as a call to the violent overthrow of existing powers.

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Exegesis is the art/skill/discipline of attempting to take seriously a particular text and come to some cogent understanding of what the text in question might mean or how it might be understood in a way that corresponds with the context in which it appears.

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Reza Aslan’s Zealot is filled with curious statements, some of which make little sense, many of which are simply asserted as true with apparently unquestionable authority.

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For Reza Aslan exactly what happened following the death of Jesus “is impossible to know.”

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Curiously, Reza Aslan makes an enormously convincing case for the historical veracity of Jesus’ resurrection and yet rejects it as a historical event.

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It is an interesting question to ponder why exactly Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.

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Aslan is fascinated with Pontinus Pilate,the fifth prefect of the Roman Province of Judea.

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Reza Aslan’s version of events in the Garden of Gethsemane bears little resemblance to the Gospel accounts.

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Reza Aslan’s reconstruction of the story of Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the most startling reconstructions in Aslan’s retelling of the Jesus story.

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