"... According to the Quran, Jesus was a prophet, born of a virgin (although he wasn’t the son of God), but he was never crucified, instead ascending directly into heaven.
"So Aslan’s book, which portrays Jesus as a Jewish-nationalist revolutionary with no divine self-conception, departs from the doctrine of both Islam and Christianity. Aslan may or may not be a devout Muslim in his private life, but his book is actually the latest installment in a vast body of literature reflecting the beliefs of a completely different religion: the Church of the Historical Jesus ...
"Like other religions, the Church of the Historical Jesus has developed its own orthodoxy, with its own doctrines and dogmas.
"The problem is that outside of a few stray references in non-Christian texts of that era, the Gospels and other New Testament writings constitute everything that we know about what Jesus said and did.
"So the members of the Church of the Historical Jesus cherry-pick the Gospels to find passages supporting their position that Jesus was essentially a radical reformer who performed few to no miracles — how could he?— and was transformed into a deity after his death by his wishful-thinking followers.
"In this respect, what is most interesting about 'Zealot' is how unoriginal it is."
In fact, "Zealot" is just a rehash of an ancient Christain heresy embraced by Islam known as Gnosticism.