// - APÉRITIFS : - Zest of Zeal
APÉRITIFS : - Zest of Zeal

The reading of this book held me hostage for three days while gratefully gracefully interrupting a text on Freud I've been belaboring for years. I thank its author and encourage you to read it, persuaded you'll be as seduced by it as I.

 

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in medias res:  

For Lacan, as for Jesus and Marx, it’s a matter of enjoying life in this world/

   -What has Jesus to do with this world? Isn’t he afterlife’s harbinger?

   -That’s precisely the wily way those who fear his message defuse it not to diffuse it! I just read a book about Jesus which Jews must loath since it tells their historical truth.

Christians probably feel likewise since it also tells the truth about them.  

I appreciated this book, precisely for their reason not to..  

An ideological leaning I’ve had since my school-days with the Jesuits found its validation in it. I share author Aslan’s vision and even shelter my babbling under an easy-going erudition dabbling his text with truth. I recognize his vision as mine, inchoate, but one that upon reading Zealot became an awareness that felt like an irking caress; It was  book I had to read, not only for my long-standing interest in the man Jesus, but also because those I more or less delicately dislike contest it less or more deviously.  

His is an easy-to-read book, spell-biding, as it’s said of mystery or murder stories, genres it fits despite the holy name of its indicted hero or the fact that the end is known beforehand. The High Priest Caiaphas could have easily had him assassinated, he had the means to. But  He was wanted alive to be indicted, tried and executed  so that his death at the hand of the law serve as example.

   -My ex mother-in-law referred to Jesus as the "rabble-rouser".

  -And he was!

The book  chronicles the historical events leading to  Jesus’ trial for blasphemy, accusation he will not contest –admitting to be both the Son of God and the Son of Man much  in the same resolute spirit he fatally kicked the Money Lenders out of the Temple: The ultimate, premeditated crime, since it was aimed against the Pharisees, the Priesthood and the wealthy; against those in short who all too gladly shared and profited from Pilate’s authority.

Aslan thus highlights the undaunted complicity between Roman power and Priestly power.  

Despite if not because of it, the book surprises and enchants by an easy-going scholarship smoothly woven into the narrative tissue:

This is something exceptional among exegetes and academicians and source of an endless pleasure for the reader. 

 






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