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Jesus: Two Contrasting Studies

In the following post I discuss two recent books on Jesus. The first is the much hyped Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. The second is The Wife of Jesus, Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals by Anthony Le Donne, which, while garnering less media coverage, is, in my opinion, a better book. Both, however, offer valuable and interesting information about the historical times in which Jesus lived, and, in Le Donne’s book, about the shifting cultural mores influencing how Jesus has been viewed in the centuries since his death.

Would I recommend The Wife of Jesus, Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals by Anthony Le Donne? Yes!

Would I recommend Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan? Metza metz, or, in Italian, mezzo mezzo, i.e. half and half. Historically fascinating, but distorted by the author’s agenda.

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Selected as Featured Writer in Wordsmith Interview

I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as a featured writer for Crack the Spine’s Wordsmith interview series! Editor Kerri Farrell Foley has done a super job with the interviews, asking pithy and entertaining questions that also offer insight into the creative process.

I invite my writer friends (which includes everyone, from those who have published full length books to those who have published posts on Facebook;-) to pick a question and answer it for themselves in the comment section at the end of the interview, which you can read here. Let’s keep the dialogue going!