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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Zealot, by Reza Aslan

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan

An interesting book, though I was not necessarily convinced by all his arguments.  (I was amused at how nasty he was to Paul.)


The chief question I was left with after reading it was why there was so much zealotry, apocalypticism, and messianism floating around the holy land in the centuries before, and a century after, Jesus.  (Aslan has certainly convinced me that there was a lot of it around, if I had had any doubt.)  But why?  Resistance to the Romans?  There was plenty of it before the Romans came to the area.  Resistance to any ruler but a Jew?  There was plenty of it during the rule of Herod the Great (though how Jewish Herod was, or was seen as being, is another question).  I'd love for someone to take a crack at that question, and was disappointed Aslan didn't here.