Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth attempts to paint a complete picture of Jesus that is rooted in not just the Gospels, but actual historical sources as well. The book is from author and scholar Dr. Reza Aslan, whose other works include the bestselling No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam - a book that was translated into 17 different languages. Aslan is also an Associate Professor at the University of California, and sits on the boards of a number of organisations that promote artists and the arts, especially with an eye on global relations and harmony between the American and Arab worlds. This edition of his bestselling book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is a hardcover with 336 pages and has been published by HarperCollins India in 2013.
In the book, Aslan tries to reconstruct and portray not just the life of Jesus, but also the fervor of zealotry and nationalism that swept through the Jewish world during his lifetime. It takes us through Palestine during a fascinating period in history and details the conflict between the Jews and the Roman occupiers. The book places Jesus of Nazareth in context of this conflict and attempts to explore various facets of his personality from historical accounts as well as the holy books. It presents Jesus as a man who was often conflicted and contradictory, but firm in his conviction as well; one who encouraged his followers to arm themselves even as he followed the path of peace; a man who posed such a threat to the established order that he was tortured and killed, but whose influence was so great that a mere two decades later, he would be known as the son of God. Most of all, the book tries to tackle the question of how Jesus truly saw himself.
Zealot by Reza Aslan is a book that takes a different look at a character that is equal parts man and legend, and attempts to deconstruct the myth. It has been praised by The New Yorker, which called it "riveting", and Salon, which called the book a "vivid, persuasive portrait". The ISBN 10 of this edition of the Zealot book is 9351360768 and the ISBN 13 is 9789351360766.