The short answer: No.
There. You all can get back to your Candy Crush scores and Kirk Cameron hoaxes.
Now I know what you're thinking: of course I'm going to say "no"; I'm a dirty hippie who thinks that arms are for hugging trees and spotted owls and hobbit-people named Dennis Kucinich. I plead guilty. I'm a pacifist. So I am predisposed to disagree with the central thesis of Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. We all have our biases and this is one of mine. That said, I think that my review of his book addresses the concerns that a great many historical Jesus scholars will have.
But don't take my word for it. Last week, the Jesus Blog conducted a poll on this topic. Of the 94 people surveyed, 87 were of the mind that Jesus did not advocate militancy. I tend to think that my readers are smarter than your average bear (well, not polar bears; polar bears are really quite clever). But don't take their word for it. Read this review by my colleague Simon J. Joseph.
Tomorrow, I'll offer an alternative to Reza Aslan's view. I will argue that Jesus became a symbol of militancy in the Christian imagination.
Anthony Le Donne (PhD) is the author of The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals.