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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

A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael
Ellis Peters
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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %

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.