Lately I read two books: Reza Aslan and Paul Verhoeven about historical Jesus. What have you got to say about those?
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Aslan claims to be a former Christian who converted to Islam but claims to have Christian parents and a Christian wife. He also has multiple doctorates including theology and claims to be considered an expert in New Testament history (although, if so, it must be only in the liberal side of academia).
He has received a lot of press lately for his most recent book called "Zealot". He approaches approaches the account of Jesus not from the aspect of His divinity (being a Muslim, he wouldn't), but as a prophet. Specifically, he approaches the account of Jesus from a sociopolitical view and, in short, claims Jesus was something of a rabble rouser, a revolutionary whose goal was to cause trouble for the Roman government and its stranglehold over Jerusalem. Interesting that he used that title. I would say he meant it more in the modern vernacular as someone passionate for a cause than in the 1st Century temple enforcer way.