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  • There's nothing really new in this book if you are well read in the history of early Christianity and the early church. If you're in this group, you might find the notes very useful. If you aren't familiar with this history, then this book is a great place to start. Aslan writes in a narrative style that can help to keep a reader engaged and interested. One thing that I didn't like was that the notes seem disconnected to the text. There are no raised numerals in the text that are connected to the endnotes themselves. I suppose this is a personal preference but it's one of the reasons why this book didn't get five stars from me. Also, Aslan tells us that the we can't completely rely on the gospels to know about the historical Jesus but much of his material about the historical Jesus is the gospels. That's fine but much material about Jesus that is based on the canonized gospels as well as other sources like gnostic gospels already exists. Overall, this was an enjoyable read but not a gripping one. If you have done extensive reading on Jesus and/or the early Christian movement, you may want to borrow from the library or even skip this one.

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  • Well written fiction, not history

    Aslan has an agenda from the first pages: recreate Jesus' history based on a mixture of history and personal bias. It's contradictory and misleading, and discredits millenia of study and devotion to the person Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Messiah. It should not be taken as history, but a fabricated version whose chief purpose is to humanize Jesus and effectively crush the foundations of the world's largest religion, Christianity. Despite a weak agenda, Aslan is a good writer stylistically. That's all the credit he deserves. He is not a true biblical historian, but a creator of historical fiction!

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  • Fascinating

    Aslan looks at Jesus as a historical figure more so than a religious one. However, it’s impossible to completely ignore that major aspect of Jesus’ character. Having been brought up Catholic, this book illuminated how the Virgin birth, the cleansing of the Jewish temple, the relationship with John the Baptist, and the crucifixion most likely differed factually with what is told in the Bible. And I came to better understand the schism between Judaism and Christianity.

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  • Zealot

    As a historical era, this is a new time for me. I hadn't any idea of the actual situation of the time before, during and after Jesus. The turmoil and zealotry was surprising. Why, I wondered, was there so much turbulence in this (approx.) 200 years? Was the (approx.) 100 years of turbulence before Jesus' life a catalyst to Jesus' convictions and beliefs? It's sad that so little is known of Jesus and his life. And yet, it's surprising that after 2000 years, so much is known. What is known just wets one's wish to know more. What I really enjoyed about Aslan's book was the history of the Church and early Christianity. I like how he followed (as much as he could from the books left behind) Jesus' actions, thoughts & beliefs and how these continued after his death. He then showed how different views appeared and how the Church came to be. Interesting stuff. Jesus was/is an interesting being.

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  • Well written with biblical info

    Bring to you a new angel to read the scripture again.

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