We soon lathered into discussion:
--This chapter reminded Pete Bailey of Joseph Campbell's book, (see URL->) The Power of Myth.
--Check out the article, (see URL->) Sunday Homily: Pope Francis on Wealth Redistribution that tackles the chasmic wealth gap today!
The fourth philosophy was centered about the notion of zeal, after which our book Zealot is named. Zeal implied a strict adherence to the Jewish Torah and the Law, a refusal to serve any foreign master--to serve any human master at all--and an uncompromising devotion to the sovereignty of God. Many Jews in first-century Palestine strove to live a life of zeal in his or her own way. During Jesus' lifetime, zealotry did not signify a firm sectarian or a political party. It was an idea, an inspiration, a model of piety inextricably linked to the widespread sense of apocalyptic expectation that had seized the Jews in the wake of the Roman occupation. (p. 41)
For Next Week:
We should definitely read both Chapter 5 (p. 46+) Where is Your Fleet to Sweep the Roman Seas and the notes (p. 233+). The notes will enrich our understanding of author Reza Aslan's research.