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Muslim author claims Jesus was Illiterate

Monday, August 5, 2013 (2:37 am)
Posted in: World News

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

zealot-jesus-of-nazerethWASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– Author Reza Aslan claims Jesus was just a lowly laborer who lacked the education required to read the Torah, or any other text no matter the language, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," Aslan told Christopher John Farley — the Journal's editorial director of digital features — that Jesus was illiterate; although this claim is contradicted by Luke's gospel, Aslan argued that Luke's lines, as well as other biblical verses, are often misleading.

Farley queried Aslan about the latter's claim that Jesus was "very likely" to be illiterate despite Luke 4:16, a verse that tells of Christ's custom on every Sabbath to go to the synagogue and read; further, in John 8, Jesus is writing on the ground with His finger.

So how can Aslan claim Jesus was illiterate when he weekly reads the Torah and can even script in the sand?

"Well, first of all," replied Aslan, "it may sound shocking to some people, but just because the gospels say something, doesn’t mean it’s actually factual."

Aslan said Jesus couldn't have had the education necessary to debate theology with the Sadducees and Pharisees because being a carpenter put him on the second-lowest rung of the social ladder, just above slaves and beggars!

Yet in the Bible, Jesus not only debates but bests Jerusalem's top theologians such that none of them dared asked Him any more questions (Matthew 22:46). Even as a child conversing with the teachers in the temple at Jerusalem, all who heard Jesus were astonished at His understanding (Luke 2:27).

When further pressed by Farley, Aslan said it was inconceivable that a peasant artisan who was raised in a village so small that its name wasn't even on the map could ever debate the scriptures?

Yet though Nazareth was a small town nestled in the hills of Galilee, it was situated near the crossroads of busy caravan routes that carried news as well as goods from all over the known world into Nazareth.

And far from being a backwater, Galilee was so strategic that Rome posted a garrison in Nazareth, much to the chagrin of its Jews, which may account for Nathaniel's derogatory remark in John 1:46: "Can anything good come from out of Nazareth"?

For better or worse, Aslan comes out of Iran; as a Muslim who converted to Christianity and then returned to Islam, his background has prompted some — like Lauren Green of Fox News — to question Aslan’s motives in writing about his former savior.

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  • Luis Torres

    Of course He was illiterate according to this world! anyway, does he need any literacy being the Son of Dog?

  • Luis Torres

    I mean GOD, not dog… sorry

  • ort

    The credibility of a muslim in such matter is ZERO. Jesus is the physical manifestation of the invisible God. "Phillip, he who has seen Me has seen the Father."
    Jesus was not illiterate, he was not a zealot executed for sedition, He is the "Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world", as John the Baptist said. He is the only Way to the Father–"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me." John 14:6. Jesus is Lord.

    • paolo

      really, says who….numbskull…paulie wanna cracker?

    • Sam

      Someone writes God is uneducated. I agree. He created Education, the universe and All in it. FullStop.

  • lifesharer

    This man is just disgusting and ignorantly biased. The Jewish culture is NOT LIKE the culture of the general population of the Arabs around them. There was a HIGH literacy rate because of the torah and that the fathers were required to teach their sons about the Torah to prepare them for their Bar Mitzvah. The child had to READ a passage for the text. Aslan's entire positions the basest babbling nonsense and obviously biased tripe,
    On top of that Jesus teachings are of the HIGHEST level of intellectual caliber and reveal a mind of the most perceptive and profound thinking. His grasp of the Jewish prescepts and application of the Torah show a well versed understanding of the text and his manifold quotations from the OT text cannot be attributed to falsehoods on the authors parts who were for the most part itinerant fishermen and tax collectors. This is just stupid propaganda and ignorance on the part of this obviously ignorant man. It's absolutely ludicrous to say that we might be amazed to think that not everything in the bible is true LOLOL . This man is a moron.
    I should also state that the liberal fools of the media share in this castigation in that they published such claims, proving once again they have no shame nor any conscience and a highly suspect intelligence quotient.

  • danlunche

    Just because Aslan says something, doesn't make it factual. I hope that is not too shocking.

  • ort

    Paolo: got deleted, did ya? Too bad. Repent and be saved.

    • pao

      oh my, i'm so offended to be deleted from a flea brained webpage…booohooo

      • ort

        Repent and be saved while there is still time.

  • Simon

    Well I can stand on the Word of God who is Jesus in all his power and glory and I know he wins and we win with him. Yes, yes and again I say yes. Amen and praise you our amazing and glorious creator and God.

  • Ruth B

    Perhaps someone should point out to this apostate x-Christian author that since Jesus is God He wouldn't have needed to be taught to read. He who invented language, writing, reading, and all other learning, would know it already.

  • David MacKenzie

    Yes, that's why Jesus wrote in the sand when the woman was caught in adultery. That's why he challenged his listeners to, themselves, know what was written in the law. Yes, that's why he read the scroll of Isaiah at his home synagogue in Nazareth.

  • warrior4Yah

    Litte do they know, His dad happens to be THE One True God, and creator of the Universe. The Great "I AM" -Yahuveh!!!

  • Alpinetam

    If Jesus could read, he could presumably write as well. And yet he couldn't be troubled to write down a single thing for his followers to read after he was gone.

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