Was Jesus Christ a Roman Fabrication?

Having recently read Reza Aslan’s excellent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, I find the suggestion that Jesus was a fiction created by the Romans to keep the Jews in check to be difficult, but not impossible, to accept. Aslan, despite making a strong argument that Jesus was an unsuccessful messiah (one of many) who became the impetus for other more ambitious Romans to base a new religion on, never doubts that Jesus was a real person.

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Zealot: The Story of a Good Story

There is a lot of interest in Reza Aslan’s newest book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I have posted comments concerning this book earlier (here, here, and here), but now I have read it for myself and perhaps can offer a simple review.

The premise of this excellent book is that despite all the religious followers around the world, we really don’t know much about the man known as Jesus. Aslan attempts to combine what little we do know about the historical Jesus with the stories developed in the Bible; however, the stories are not uncritically accepted as gospel, but rather are measured and analyzed against the accepted knowledge of the culture and society around the area centered on Jerusalem at the start of the Common Era.

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Zealot on Fox News

The Fox News interview with the author of Zealot, Reza Aslan, has gone viral and is openly considered Fox News’s most cringe-worthy interview. Interestingly, it has put the sales of Zealot through the roof and I’m sure Aslan and his publisher are more than pleased with Fox News’s stupidity.

You decide:

For additional commentary on this, go to Slate and read:  Reza Aslan Knew Exactly What He Was Doing in That Fox News Interview By Josh Voorhees. Fun stuff and Fox News certainly showed its lack of expertise and class. Fair and Balanced? (that deserves the classic “laughing my ass off and rolling on the floor” response but I refuse to use internet clichés).