Fact-Checking Reza Aslan 1: "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself" (David Wood)

In his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” creative writing professor Reza Aslan claims that the Jewish command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” only applied to one’s fellow Jews, and that Jews were ordered to expel foreigners from the land of Israel. Aslan writes:

“When it came to the heart and soul of the Jewish faith—the Law of Moses—Jesus was adamant that his mission was not to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). That law made a clear distinction between relations among Jews and relations between Jews and foreigners. The oft-repeated commandment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ was not Jesus’s invention. It comes directly from the Torah and is meant to be applied strictly in the context of internal relations within Israel. The verse in question reads: ‘You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18). To the Israelites, as well as to Jesus’s community in first-century Palestine, ‘neighbor’ meant one’s fellow Jews, whether friend or foe. With regard to the treatment of foreigners and outsiders, oppressors and occupiers, however, the Torah could not be clearer: ‘You shall drive them out before you. You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. They shall not live in your land’ (Exodus 23:31-33).”

But what happens when we go to the chapters Reza quotes and find them saying the exact opposite of what he claims? Find out as David Wood fact-checks Reza Aslan.

Wow… I actually had that book on my “to-read” list for years, but now I’m wondering if I should waste my time.

That prophesier is in denial just Like the so called skeptics.

Actually, Zealot was a really good read. I wish there were more books like this for us Christians.

“The goal is to make Mohammed to sound more like Jesus, and Jesus like Mohammed.” Brutal honesty once again!!

David, you’re the best!! Not one better to call out these phony heretics…

When someone has to so adamantly profess their qualifications it’s a red flag.

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl: i was laughing so hard :sweat_smile::+1::+1::+1::+1:

He is just like zakir naik doing taqiya

Even with all that, if his theory is true, what motivation would Jesus’s followers possibly have had to soften his alleged teachings? Why would they have changed his teachings into ones of tolerance and love and peace? That makes no sense!

When I hear someone announce boldly, “I am a scholar!!!”, my spidey sense detects Muslim braggery going on.

anime man preacher, what u expected more, this man idols is saitama, u can’t expect jesus from him

He’s trying really hard to make our Lord look like their own killing machine (mohamed).He’s a slimy guy. Why suggest if any thinks this is an attack against Christianity.He knew what he was up to.

I think all Abrahamic religions are Fk up !
The treatment of non Jews in Torah is horrible , foreign slaves v Jewish slaves , sex slaves , treatment of non Jews is similar to Muslim treatment of “ unbelievers “ , so why are you complaining?

Creative writing :writing_hand:!:flushed::thinking:
Wtf is that ?
I do creative writing too , didn’t know you need a degree :scroll:.

He’s a fake historian just like his fake Prophet

Thank you Mr. David. God bless you.

Reza is a jihadi in sheep’s clothing…hiding behind his specious scholarship and seemingly rational arguments…

He is an undercover agent pretending to be a western intellectual ! But he fools nobody !

I can’t take you seriously after Hijab’s debate

I respect you very much but if you ever dare to debate against Reza Aslan, I have NO DOUBT that he would put you in your place sir.