[Marxism] Whose Radical Jesus? The Story of a Literary Success

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 6 07:57:02 MST 2014

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, By Reza Aslan 

(Random House, 2013)

Zealot.(Image: Random House)A better title for this best seller would 
be: Jesus Against Empire. If the devil can quote scripture, according to 
tradition, and if the recovery and analysis of assorted versions of what 
became Bible text (or did not) have become a scholarly big business, 
then we can hardly expect any version to be accepted by all. Still, Reza 
Aslan himself is by now the kind of major media personality who appears 
on "The Colbert Report" (and what could be more major?) with views on 
subjects ranging from Iran (where he was born) to the silliness of Fox 
News on Christmas. Lionsgate has purchased the film rights to his new 
book, Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and he is 
reportedly scripting a television series for FX. Conservatives gripe at 
his Jesus, while senior Biblical scholars seem to be complaining that 
they never got the earthly attention and rewards now ladled upon him.


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