Jesus as a Zealot, a Muslim Scholar Writes and Tops the NYT's Bestseller List

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    Aug 27, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    Jesus was a Military Revolutionary.

    Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    by Reza Aslan

    #2 on the NYT Bestseller - Hardcover Non-Fiction - 8/25/2013
    #4 on the NYT Bestseller - ebook nonfiction - 8/25/2013

    How was Jesus not a military revolutionary when we have

    Luke 19:27: “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

    I cannot help but conclude, for the time being, that Jesus, the first Son of Man king in Jerusalem killed some people just as he killed the fig tree. I do not know how well his diplomacy with the Romans would have been. The best he could have done there would have been to align himself with King Monobaz and Queen Helena of Adiabene who had ties with Rome’s rival, the Parthian Empire.

    Second, I understand there is Palm Sunday connection to Maccabees. Palm branches had been used for military leadership.

    The parable that contains Luke 19:27 is very telling about Jesus whether or not it is before or after he comes into his kingdom. The theocracy of a Son of Man kingdom should be questioned on the topic of enforcement and transition to power (the cleaning house that the turning of the tables was only the tip of the iceberg). In the Hebrew Bible, priests are killed. In the movie King David, starring Richard Gere, the killing of the priests are dramatized. Would Jesus have had a choice in killing his political enemies or not?

    I Samuel 22: 16-19
    16 And the king said , Thou shalt surely die , Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house. 17 And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn , and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled , and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD. 18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned , and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings , and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.

    Jesus could not have gotten through a successful Palm Sunday week or the Jewish Revolt without blood on his hands.
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    Aug 27, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    I believe I seen his interview on Fox News with the rude reporter? If so I enjoyed him and might research this further.