“Fresh Bread” Book Discussions

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

zealot coverFresh Bread discussions happen every Wednesday at 7pm in Matt’s office. On April 18th, we will begin discussing Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

REZA ASLAN is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world.

About the book (from Amazon): Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity. Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus’ life and mission.

Tentative reading and discussion schedule:

Apr 18 Front Matter (five sections) pp xiii-xxxiv
Apr 25 Prologue: A Different Sort of Sacrifice

Ch 1: A Hole in the Corner

Ch 2: King of the Jews

Ch 3: You Know Where I Am From

pp 3-33
May 2 Ch 4: The Fourth Philosophy

Ch 5: Where is Your Fleet to Sweep the Roman Seas?

Ch 6: Year One

pp 34-70
May 9 Prologue: Zeal for Your House

Ch 7: The Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

Ch 8: Follow Me

Ch 9: By the Finger of God

pp 73-114
May 16 Ch 10: May Your Kingdom Come

Ch 11: Who Do You Say I Am?

Ch 12: No King but Caesar

pp 115-159
May 23 Prologue: God Made Flesh

Ch 13: If Christ Has Not Been Risen

pp 163-182
May 30 Ch 14: Am I Not an Apostle?

Ch 15: The Just One

Epilogue: True God from True God

pp 183-216

Fresh Bread meets Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm at the Camas Friends Meeting House (in the pastor’s office). Our most recent books include:

  • Lisa Sharon Harper’s The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right
  • Science Mike’s Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found it Again Through Science
  • Thomas Kelly’s A Testament of Devotion
  • Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
  • Julie Clawson’s Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices 
  • Philip Gulley’s Living the Quaker Way: Discover the Hidden Happiness in the Simple Life
  • Jim Wallis’s America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.

Fresh Bread Discussions are a great time to ask questions, get to know each other, and engage in spiritual formation. Hope to see you there!