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ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Reza Aslan
Random House, 2013
296 pp., $27.00

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Robert Gundry


Jesus as a Jewish Jihadist

Reza Aslan's "Zealot."

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Epilogue: Aslan's apostasy from evangelical Christianity stemmed from his discovery of unhistorical elements in the Bible and having been taught that "every word of the Bible is God-breathed and true, literal and inerrant." Teachers whose version of biblical inerrancy lacks enough literary sensitivity to acknowledge in Scripture the presence of genres that mix fact and fiction for more than purely historical purposes—these teachers should take warning from the example of Aslan, and of too many others like him.

Robert Gundry is scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus at Westmont College.

1. Aslan uses the politically correct "B.C.E." (as he styles it) and "C.E.," but PC isn't my MO.

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