Jesus Was A Rebel And A Bandit. What Made Him Also The Christian Son Of God?

Tablet’s Adam Kirsch reviews Reza Aslan’s new book Zealot. Kirsch writes, “When Jesus spoke about God as his Father, or called himself the Son of Man, or said that the Kingdom of Heaven was coming, his words did have a political bearing, as Aslan shows; but they also had a much broader and more mysterious application. Jesus, one might say, radicalized the language of Jewish messianism in such a way that it could be turned against Judaism itself. This act of religious creativity, more than his zeal, is what turned a minor Jewish preacher and miracle-worker into the Christian son of God.”

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