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Valianto W77-G HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun Green Nozzle Size 3.0mm
Valianto W77-G HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun Green Nozzle Size 3.0mm
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1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it. Waste of time., February 26, 2016
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The gun sputters and paint is not atomized. When trigger is pulled, it blasts a lot of material (paint) before it eases out. When trigger is released, it does another blast - even though in between presses it does seem to spray somewhat consistent. I tried varying the pressure in the compressor, on the gun, and using the volume/trigger adjustment and the pattern adjustment. The paint always has a pattern of dots - wit just does not seem to atomize correctly. All other guns I have look somewhat uniform and don't start and stop with a blast of paint.

I tried latex primer and latex paint, both with same result - the gun sprays unpredictably.

The gun also does not come with a filter that goes inside of the cup, so you need to make sure you strain the material through a paper filter.

Instructions on adjustment of the gun are horrible - few images, a little bit of English, the rest in Chinese (?).

When cleaning using a paper towel, green paint started to peel off - it's a steel-color gun covered with a very thin color-foil-like material that peels off when you rub it.

GOOD:

The steel can is actually not bad. Ability to swivel it is actually useful.
There was no leaks at the thread where the can connects to the gun - which I found surprising (expecting it to leak all over).
The can also locks in place quite nice and does not leak. Yay!
There was some grease/oil on the gun when it first came in, so I had to clean it - but it was minimal.

CONCLUSION:

Used it for 3 hours. Fought with this (cleaning it, removing and removing parts and nozzle/needle) for 2 hours. This gun is going back.


Dorman 743-100 Rivet Gun
Dorman 743-100 Rivet Gun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tool, November 21, 2015
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I have been struggling with using a hand riveting tool to fasten rivets that join rudder pipe to rudder casing on a Nacra catamaran.

I was a bit uncertain and couldn't decide between this one and other sub-$30 hand riveting guns.

Once I got it and used it - it's a dream. It is solid and very simply built. It does not take much effort to make it properly compress and cut off the rivets that I previously would struggle with. Extra plus - the container that catches the bits.


Emile Henry Oil Cruet, Nougat
Emile Henry Oil Cruet, Nougat
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Price: $45.00
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nice form but fails in being a bottle - olive oile leaks through the base., June 21, 2015
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After about a year, the oil started to seep through the base and leaking out. After cleaning, within 24 hours I have olive oil on the counters under and around the bottle. I contacted customer service three times times now via e-mail - no replies. The product is supposed to carry a 10 year warranty.


Foto&Tech FTRC-6 IR Wireless Remote Control For Canon EOS 5DS, 5DR, 7D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 80D, EOS 70D, EOS 60Da, EOS 60D, EOS 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, T6s T6i T5i T4i T3i M3 + Foto&Tech Bag
Foto&Tech FTRC-6 IR Wireless Remote Control For Canon EOS 5DS, 5DR, 7D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 80D, EOS 70D, EOS 60Da, EOS 60D, EOS 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, T6s T6i T5i T4i T3i M3 + Foto&Tech Bag
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work for Canon EOS M, February 6, 2015
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Never worked. Tried configuring the camera, replacing the battery, trying the switch on the back. It's dead or it's not responding. Waste of money. Canon EOS M.


Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Punchual Slip On,Black,9.5 M
Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Punchual Slip On,Black,9.5 M

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE them! But outsoles wear out QUICKLY - replace them every 5 months of daily wear., September 17, 2014
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I have owned 2 pairs and I have 3 brand new ones waiting in the closet. One I tossed out after 5 months, second I will toss next month, and the other are replacements.

These are the MOST comfortable shoes I ever wore. I have sprinted, danced, and played soccer in them - comfortably!

What is quite bad, though, is the outsole wear - they seem to last only 5-6 months of 5 days/week of daily moderate use. Maybe that's why they are so comfy - the rubber isn't very hard.

Before the outsoles get worn out around the ball of the foot and on the heel. When the rubber wears out, gaping holes develop and water goes in.

If they lasted longer, I'd give them 5 stars. 4 stars because of the outsole wear.

My advice is to wait until they are $60 or less. If you want to buy them for $100, they are not worth it. At $60 they are a good choice - not amazing, but good. It puts them at Tom's pricepoint and they knock them out of the park - Tom's by comparison are horribly uncomfortable - toes get squished, they keep odors...

I've worn other dress shoes and other shoes even by Kenneth Cole feel ridgid, plastic-ky, or hard. These are smooth and soft. You will be pleased - just don't pay more than $60 bucks.

UPDATE 11/15/2015: I uploaded two images showing the wear pattern. They really do last only 4-6 months. On the left shoe, the wear pattern created two crevices. It was rainy and just about 5 minutes walking in the rain made my entire sock dripping wet - even though I was avoiding puddles, the water got into the shoe really quickly. I could possibly wear them for 1-2 more months but not in wet weather.

It's really miserable to walk while cold water is pouring in through the outsole.

This is the same exact wear pattern that happened to my previous 5 pairs. I tossed all of them by fifth/sixth month. I stand by my rating - but do wait until they are around $50 and do not spend more.
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The Explicit Gospel (Paperback Edition)
The Explicit Gospel (Paperback Edition)
by Jared C. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable!, June 29, 2014
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Truly profound in many places and sobering.

It was an uncomfortable read in several places where author's simplicity of the message and real importance and key elements of the Gospel hit home and shaken some old false beliefs rooted in old Catholic doctrine.

In the end, the focus on the grace of God and the work that the Holy Spirit does in peoples' lives were the most sobering parts of the book.


LASCO-Simpatico 30271C Decorative High Rise, Air Gap, Water Dispenser with Ceramic Cartridge, No Lead Compliant, Chrome Plated
LASCO-Simpatico 30271C Decorative High Rise, Air Gap, Water Dispenser with Ceramic Cartridge, No Lead Compliant, Chrome Plated
Price: $62.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, June 19, 2014
I bought this to replace a Watt's air gap monitoring faucet - monitoring (blue blinking light) broke within the first hour, then it kept leaking out of the breather hole intermittently, and it would finally cease working - it would leak constantly.

This LASCO faucet is excellent - very smooth action of the control lever (I would compare it to Hansgrohe faucet I have right next to it), installation was a bit frustrating at first (no instructions) but after some careful thought and trial and error, it worked well.

It looks really nice and modern and is heavy and seems like a quality faucet, as opposed to a bunch of other chintzie air gap ones with idiotic horribly designed plastic lever for a flow control.

I would give it 5 stars if instructions were included.
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The Real Messiah? A Jewish Response to Missionaries
The Real Messiah? A Jewish Response to Missionaries
by Aryeh Kaplan
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but with a high number of inaccuracies regarding Christianity it's more of an incendiary anti-Christian propaganda, April 28, 2014
I liked reading the book; I thought it was well written, but I was deeply saddened by how many inconsistencies it has in regards to Christian theology.

Parts of the arguments in the book are so poorly formulated with such incendiary language, it is really a work of anti-Christian propaganda rather than academic work.

The author seemingly used superficial sources and personal observation, which is clear from the assumptions he makes in regards to origins of Christianity - which was, after all a Jesus-following movement within Judaism itself that has later split up between what we now call Judaism and Christianity.

The book has good moments but most of the arguments are paper thin, have no research behind them, are misleading and almost purposefully inaccurate, and a large number of them are meant to provoke an emotional reaction in the reader which is not based on fact or academic arguments. There is also highly-charged anti-Christian rhetoric, based on lies Christians religion is focused on persecuting Jews.

What the book should really be titled as is "Poorly Researched Jewish Response to Jehova Witnesses, Mormons, and Catholic Missionaries"

OVERVIEW

I understand that the book has been written with specific purpose of showcasing Christianity as idolatry and from reading the text, it seems clear to me that Mr. Kaplan has avoided going deeper into trying to understand the heart of the Christian Bible and some of the tenets. Number of the theology doctrines, while correctly quoted in high-level, are not correctly interpreted.

One of the major ones I find offense with is: "The Torah cannot save man, since its many commandments make it too difficult to keep". First, Christian theology teaches that not even Bible can save the man. I have never heard or read any interpretation or teaching suggesting that Torah is difficult to keep. Ever. What Jesus taught is that forgetting the heart, the spirit, and the origin, the true meaning what it means to be connected to G-d and relying on procedures and commandments alone will not save man. Appearing religious is not the same as being faithful.

If this is really the basis of author's work, you can tell that his understanding of Christian theology is severely lacking. Sadly, there is more....

LIST OF LOGICAL FLAWS OR FALSE CLAIMS CONTAINED IN THE BOOK:

1. "There is only one law now that Christ has come, and that is love. One must follow the example of Christs sacrifice, and patiently hope that G-d will be gracious in return".

I honestly wish to know where this came from, because it is warped and corrupt teaching and whoever claims this is Christian, he/she is greately lost and mistaken.

2. G-d is love, it is true, but He is also many other things. 2. It is certainly NOT ONE LAW. Absolutely not. 3. One must not follow Christ's sacrifice - one must follow what Jesus taught, his examples, the heart of what he was trying to teach and convey. Certainly following his sacrifice - this sounds more like an extremist creed who believes that he can only be saved through martyrdom, which is NOT a Christian theology or even Biblical 4. G-d is so great we don't need to patiently wait for him to be gracious in return. He has already given us gifts, life, and continues to bless us, and His grace is boundless - it's not a transaction.

To be honest, this creed/law sounds to me more like a Taliban-like approach by extremist militant Christian groups to brainwash and cultivate concepts of mindless sacrifices in zealotry that's removed from G-d and Bible, with "Christian" name only as a sticker - I'd call it work of a Satan who deceives and tries to impersonate G-d.

Primarily, it seems to me that authors' definitions of Christianity are based on mostly on some Catholic church concepts but in many ways on Mormons and Jeohva Witnesses - which ironically, Christians consider a cult, even though those religions themselves use a figure of Jesus and basic Christian theology.

It is fairly well known that the work of "missionaries" are conversions - such people are often young ones who have been brainwashed and indoctrinated into believing that this is the right belief system and one that offers salvation. They are - indeed - taught to memorize scriptures and argue with "unbelievers" without actually setting an example. They often don't feel and understand who God is - because to do so would keep them at odds with the leadership of the church.

As I read more into the text, the author loses credibility because he himself is using incendiary language that he has no backing for to further his point, which are simply inaccurate:

3. "The Jews had one major objection to the Christian Messiah, and that was the fact that he had been unsuccessful." This only makes sense if you consider this after Jesus has been rejected by Jews and killed. How can one argue that he was unsuccessful while he was alive?

4. "As mentioned earlier, the name Christ comes from Christos the Greek word for Messiah. The Christians are thus those who make the person of the Messiah central to their teachings." This is partially correct. Christianity take its name from description of Christians as "followers of Christ" and while figure of Jesus Christ is central to his role as as messiah, he is NOT worshipped more or in place of G-d himself. Jesus himself is quoted in Bible that father/G-d "is greater than I".

5. "The Jews had one major objection to the Christian Messiah, and that was the fact that he had been unsuccessful." This claim is illogical in reference to Jews who did not believe that Jesus is a messiah while he lived and taught. Unless, of course you consider it in hindsight, after Jesus has been executed.

6. "His followers felt, however, that he had only preached repentance and good works, and therefore could not be a common rebel." This is misleading. Jesus' followers were following him and believed he was the Messiah has done much more, including miracles, healing, raising the dead, and the prophesies from Isaiah where he would be the sacrificial lamb for sins of the humanity. This is the center of Christianity, veneration of Christ as a gift from G-d to offer path of salvation to everyone, not just Jews.

What author describes as Messiah in Jewish context - that's exactly what the New Testament writings, written by Jews themselves (not Christians, term which was only coined few centuries later) - is exactly what the New Testament covers and why such split occurred between those who believed it was him.

7. "On the other hand, Christmas and Easter are not mentioned in either the Jewish Bible or the Christian "New Testament. These festivals are pagan in origin".

How can Christmas and Easter be mentioned in Jewish Bible if they are meant to celebrate death, resurrection, and birth of Jesus - before he is even born? This argument does not make sense. They are also not pagan in origin; even though many religions and pagans celebrated events during spring and winter. It's a coincidence - besides pagans don't celebrate resurrection and death of Jesus, so this also makes little logical sense.

8. "Jesus claimed that he did not intend to change the Laws of Moses (...) Prophets, I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.' Later on, he himself abrogated some of the laws, while his followers eventually abolished or changed nearly all of them." Which laws did he exactly abrogate? Author does not mention.

"His followers abolished or changed all of them" - his followers were either Jews who practiced them or Gentiles who turned to follow his teachings. It is written in New Testament, that Gentiles that seek God and follow Christ's teachings are not/should not be held to all letters of law (e.g. circumcision), but they are held to Laws of Moses. These have not changed and are part of the commandments that have not been broken by Christianity.

Again, when the author makes particular claim, he does not back them up and are misleading.

To be specific, New Testament reads regarding Gentiles and Torah:

Acts 15:19-22 "Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood"

9. "If G-d is "Love," how can Christians explain the silence and indifference of the Church and most Christian nations while six million Jews were being gassed and burned by the Germans?"

This is a HORRIBLE LIE. With this statement, I lost all respect for the author as a historian and an academic. REALLY, MR.KAPLAN?

The way the sentenced is phrased is a loaded question and there is so many things wrong with it.... First, how about Polish people, who were Christian (98% of the nation in 1939) 4-5 million who have been murdered by the Nazis? What has exactly been indifference of the church and "most Christians"? The "indifference" the author claims - I am assuming is the position of Pope Pius XII.

However, using the same logic as the author, we could refute existence of G-d based on the fact that the temples have been destroyed, Jerusalem has been sacked, Israel has exiled multiple times. Where was G-d himself then? If Christianity is idolatry, why wouldn't G-d intervene?

If Torah talks about loving neighbor as yourself, why do we have Israeli incursions on Palestinians grounds and surrounding areas and violations of peace negotiation agreements?

This is a slippery slope argument that also completely IGNORES political, economic, historical facts, and common sense logic.

Second, The work that has been done by Christians, Christian organizations and the churches DURING the war to help thousands of Jews escape death camps, who risked and often lost lives hiding and smuggling Jews out of occupied territories.

If I was to use the same language as the author I would say - by using such question, author is disrespecting and issuing a slap on the face of everyone who was Christian who helped Jews - and this is he kind of rhetoric that contributes to the anti-semitism feelings.

If the author cares to read up on the history, Jews were not the only social and national groups that have been prosecuted by the Nazis. Not to mention Jews themselves that sold their fellows to save their own skin or to make money.

My point is - such argumentation is flawed, unless the goal is to create an emotional reaction and promote dislike or hatred against "Christians who have done nothing" to prevent holocaust.

10. "And from the days of Jesus till now, the entire world is full of robbery and pillaging, and the Christians have spilled more blood than any of the other nations, and they are also sexually immoral." Logically, I am astounded by how highly flawed it is - and factually it is a simple lie. It is beyond me that someone with such education and wisdom would resort to such writing.

Source to consider: [...] (Amazon seemed to remove this; you can do your own lookup on Google via Wikipedia).

Wars in Far East and Muslim conquests of Indian peninsula combined start at 100,000,000 (low) and go up as 400,000,000 (high).

WW2 was certainly not started by Christian nations - neither Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, nor Italy nor Japan were Christian. However, WW1 and WW2 could not be logically considered "Christian wars" because their roots and causes were not religious - rather political and economical.

Since the author does not quote any number or offer any backing, his credibility suffers in my eyes. The ones you could effectively argue were clearly Christian-based wars were Crusades (1-3 million people dead) and possibly conquest of America - however participants often had nothing to do with Christianity but were interested in pillaging, power, money, and political gains.

Language used by the author does offer itself very well to create an emotional reaction, but then we are talking about a work of propaganda rather than an persuasive or academic work.

Adding "also sexually immoral" to the end seems like an argument someone in middle school would make. Sexual immorality exists in Israel, as well as in any other culture - as such, logically, one would have to agree that Jews are not exempt from this analysis. Hence - besides it is logically flawed and argument lacks basis of support on what "sexual immorality" means.

Anyways, the author should be able to do better than this.

With those logical flaws and almost seemingly intentional lack of understanding in interpretation of theology, including confusing of the timelines and the terms and definitions, is why I give the book two stars. I can truly appreciate the author's zeal and desire to build a case, it is really lacking trustworthiness and in credibility.

How can I believe or be convinced by arguments that are twisted out of context to fit - ironically, the author claims that Christian authors did it to Torah with a "fine tooth comb" looking for reasons to "adjust it" so it would fit. There is, of course, no evidence presented to support such language, but the author himself is guilty of such tactics - which makes me disappointed, because I really would respect him more if he did his research and not resort to it.

This brings me into another point - leadership, power, and human flaws which make us susceptible to corruption by evil.

it is a well known fact that religion has been used as a useful political tool in conquests, oppression, and persecution. Every religion/church has orthodox wings and liberal wings. Satan is a powerful entity that deceives and impersonates G-d but also works to drive those who believe in Him against others through pride, greed, envy, anger, and lies. Pride in our own superiority and belief we know better than God who God is leads to a path of destruction where we end up judging, persecuting, killing those who oppose our version - and taking texts out of context to try to prove that we are right.

One thing that the author clearly forgets and ignores - seemingly has to in order to further his own agenda - is that the "Jesus movement" originated within Jews and the conflict between Jews who thought that Jesus was important and those that thought he was not.

Also, the author clearly does not understand the purpose, origins, and what New Testament is - I must ask if he even bothered to read it rather than replying to it in a knee-jerk reaction against it.

New Testament is a series of writings, which includes letters between congregations and Jesus movement communities which included Jews. As such, author's claims that the "authors of the Christian Bible" went through Torah with a "fine tooth comb" and removed things out of it that were inconvenient - is a factual fabrication, a lie, created to create a certain argument.

Old Testament is a direct translation of Jewish bible, missing few "chapters" or "books". New testament, in turn, does not include a new dogma or does not toss out the old - it actually does refer to the Old Testament (Jewish bible text itself) to support its arguments.

What one could successfully argue is the "Christians" did away with Jewish dietary laws, circumcision as well as temple rules - but all of it is clearly described within the texts (e.g. letters of Paul). Historically, that was the challenge between Jesus-following Jews and those who rejecting his role and importance - do Gentiles need to follow these practices in order to follow Jesus or can they become Jews without those two - which were THE biggest obstacles in turning Gentiles toward God.

Simply put, the author does not understand that Christians and Jews worship the same God using same texts - with exception of established practices or norms.

The author also does not understand - nor did he seem to take the time to understand the difference between Christians (Protestant/Reformed), Catholics, Orthodox, and variety of sects that exist within those movements.

As such, he comes through as a zealous fanatic with inadequate knowledge, lack of credibility, which dismisses his polemic right out of the gates - which otherwise could have been a very well done book.

GOOD THINGS:

On a positive note - what I do like and I impressed me, for which I would have given 5 stars, if it was not for theological inaccuracies in the book, are the beginning chapters describing how to treat missionaries. This is how you can reach their hearts and help them find one and only true G-d - in a way that He wants to be connected to them. They are people who have feelings, dreams, hopes, and are just like you and me, made in the image of the One. Just because they were raised or born in a certain family does not mean we need to treat them with less respect, understanding, love, or compassion - even if someone who professed same religion as they killed one of our own 60 years or 2000 years ago.

With that - I truly believe that the best gift a Jew can offer to a non-Jew is invitation to share in Torah living.

THE REALLY BAD THING:

Certainly, the worst thing you can do is what the author is guilty of himself - blaming Christians for prosecution of Jews, which there are numerous examples in his reasoning. Knowing that Jews themselves that have prosecuted their other Jews as well as gentiles that listened or followed Jesus (including tens of thousands of Christians that have been prosecuted and killed in the years after Jesus' death) - the book comes through as hypocritical and incendiary.

The pain and suffering in history of Jewish nation is clear, and anger from it is understandable. Attempting to place blame for the Holocaust on Christianity is one of the lowest arguments one can make, however - even if catholic church pope refused to speak against it. Christians all across the world have helped Jews avoid persecution, frequently at their own suffering and loss of lives.

As a history lesson reminder to the author - Jews were not the only ones that Nazi targeted. For example, 1,860,000 Polish Jews were murdered by the Nazis, but there was also 2,770,000 Poles were killed (excluding Jews), largely Christians. Many of them were killed and tortured while helping Jews escape.

So, to say that Christianity did nothing is a horrible misrepresentation, and a lie. Even if Pope did not speak out, individuals who practiced Christianity - monks, priests, and lay people - helped and often sacrificed their lives.

Such language does not help and contributes to anti-semitism or apathy among Christians. I would STRONGLY advise the author to re-think inclusion of it.

"Why would you want to listen or co-exist with Jews if they will stab you in the back?" - such incendiary language has been very successfully propagated by the Soviets and the Nazis and it promotes the false stereotypes and contributes to the zeal of quasi-Christian missionaries who the author is irritated by.

FINAL SUMMARY:

Sadly, this book contains a lot of factual errors, inaccurate research, apparently misleading statements, and incendiary language that is set to pitch a Jewish reader against Christianity. It does accomplish it - but at a cost of integrity and credibility. If the author took time to really do his research and remain objective, I would be delighted to give it more stars. With so much inaccuracy, it comes through as contrived in its effort to discount Christianity and it makes me want to ask - if the author has to resort to such tricks, could it actually mean that Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah?

It would be well-advised if the author followed his own advice rather than hypocritically writing about it. My respect for his reasoning/work and his credibility suffers because of it.
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First: What It Takes to Win
First: What It Takes to Win
by David Thomas
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keep yout expectations low - writing is dull and just 'plain vanilla', February 8, 2014
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I admire the man and his story is very interesting... but his writing is not very interesting or captivating. It is rather shallow and does not make me feel like I know more about him - I do know his story but not HIM.

And that is okay - I wish him best of luck and he is an inspiration to many, and I hope he continues to change lives.... But this book left me feeling unfulfilled. Rich isn't a good story teller or a writer, so keep your expectations low.

The man might be 5 stars, but the book is 2-3 star territory. If he put as much effort into writing a compelling and colorful story as he does into multiple daily workouts, it would likely come out with a higher rating.


Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just Reza's own opinion on Jesus - great background, but shallow and poor analysis of Jesus as a son of God, January 19, 2014
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The book is somewhat interesting, although writing and arguments are difficult to read at times.

I recommend it as a read, but I find it deeply flawed. It should really be read as a narrative and a commentary and a opinion with a specific agenda (Jesus of Nazareth is a revolutionary zealot, Jesus the Christ is a fabrication by his disciples and followers).

With the author openly admitting that there is NOT much known about Jesus of Nazareth, he fills in a lot of gaps with guesswork, speculation, and partial truths that are there to support a certain narrative - that Jesus was merely a man an a failed messiah, nothing else (which, not coincidentally, is the official position of his Muslim religion, which he is faithful to).

THAT is the context and the prism that he's looking at Jesus.

It struck me that Reza writes everything with an assumption that whoever was writing about Jesus of the gospels was doing so to further Christian agenda, and is essentially cherry pickings historical facts and he intentionally makes logical jumps (asking a certain question and then offering his own interpretation as an answer) in furthering the conclusions that Jesus of Nazareth is not and could not be Jesus the Christ.

In the process, he completely *ignores* and circumvents the role and activity of the Holy Spirit, as if he did truly does not understand divinity and divine influence and how God influences and works through people.

He also spends most of the time pointing out the discrepancies and Jesus' stance toward the Temple and the priests but rarely talks about the teachings about God - he equates Jesus to yet another freedom-fighting-religious-zealot.

He never actually connects and discussed in depth the reasons WHY Jesus life, his teachings, and his presence was so appealing and was spreading with so much speed.

Rezla's background as a Muslim IS of huge importance here, because his approach and his current beliefs is drawn from the Muslim's culture and perception of the world, religion, relationship to God. It is highly visible in how he writes his arguments (question - some possibility of A. ignoring possibility B, offering his own opinion C that he makes it appear as a logical conclusion of A) that he has a thesis up front; in which he succeeds; but the book is so one-sided in of this that it CANNOT be called a scholarly work.

By attempting to use faith or admitting that Jesus may or is a son of God would undermine his own faith and religion, which he is clearly not comfortable in doing.

That, together with the fact he asserts himself to be an expert and a scholar on religion - clearly, he is self-styled thinker and writer and uses his slight interaction with Christianity as a child as a proof of credibility, which he lacks based on the structure of arguments and ignoring of the divine component - really is the reason why I drop it down in stars.

If he only kept to description of facts and how Palestine/Judea environment and community looked like in 1 AD (BC)

While he actively claims to be Christian at one point - which, based on his own description - lasted a brief time following a Christian summer camp trip - It is clear that he has not truly done any work to find the truth in Christian faith or studied it as much as he embraced Islam. As such, his credibility as a Christian is severely lacking (he clearly does not have an understanding of the Christian religion and its faith), and using this to purchase readers' trust, while he openly admits being a Muslim - is, in my opinion, deceitful. Because he uses it to claim authority over his logic and to agree with his interpretation of facts which are really that - a combination of secular historical interpretation of the facts and seeking to assert and use that information to prove that Muslim-based view of who Jesus is actually correct.

It is also interesting to point out that he does not use the term AD, instead he uses BC. Why? Not just because of scholarly reasons, but because it is uncomfortable to him (Anno Domini - Year of our Lord). This is the crux of the book and undermines, in my eyes, his credibility and reliability as an source.

What is most amazing, and strikes at the lack of credibility and Rezla's agenda here is how he cherry picks facts. At the beginning, he names and uses Q Source as something that scholars agree on and use; yet in the last chapter he introduces a note that it's really a fictitious document, after all.

Quoting Jesus own words from scripture as fact to suggest he's a revolutionary combatant, but then ignoring or discounting everything else as a work of function of future writers, undermines his credibility - simply put, he cannot be trusted to be objective, and what he presents as fact is just his opinion.

If you want a solid reading on authenticity and history of the bible, check out From Jesus to Christianity by Michael White.
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