10:12 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Reza Aslan's book on Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has gotten tons of attention, and Aslan has gotten lots of sympathy, because of some of the questions he was asked on a Fox interview. We've already addressed some of the issues regarding Aslan, but now, over at the Jewish Review of Books, Allan Nadler has a devastating piece (“What Jesus Wasn't: The Zealot”) exposing Aslan's limitations, not to say fraudulence, as a scholar, as well as what does seem to be the book's anti-Christian and anti-Jewish agenda.
One of the most pernicious doctrines in politics (in life?) is that the enemy of my enemy is necessarily my friend. That doctrine has led some on the political and religious left to embrace Aslan. This review should lead the fair-minded among them to rethink that decision.
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