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Jesus of Nazareth

By Pope Benedict XVI (Corporate Author) & Don Leslie (Narrator)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.98" Width: 6.7" Height: 1.16"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
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Release Date   May 15, 2007
Publisher   Random House Audio
ISBN  0739356976  
EAN  9780739356975  

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In his first book written as pope, Benedict XVI offers a portrait of Jesus based on the Gospels and encourages Christians to better understand the central figure of their faith.

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"This book is . . . my personal search 'for the face of the Lord.'" -Benedict XVI
In this bold, momentous work, the Pope--in his first book written as Benedict XVI--seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent "popular" depictions and to restore Jesus' true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.
From "Jesus of Nazareth" ." . . the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God He has brought the God who once gradually unveiled his countenance first to Abraham, then to Moses and the prophets, and then in the wisdom literature-the God who showed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love."

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More About Pope Benedict XVI & Don Leslie

Pope Benedict XVI Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.

Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.

He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.

On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927.

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  7. Spiritual Thoughts

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A long and insightful sermon  May 11, 2010
I was given this book as a gift. I could hardly put it down and finished it in just a few days, it was that good. It is more approachable and readable than other books by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict.

The book covers the life of Jesus between his baptism and the transfiguration. Note that the most celebrated events, his birth, death, and resurrection, are not the focus of this book. And yet, Pope Benedict manages to weave together a very interesting narrative and analysis of who Jesus is, and why he stands out from his time in history until now.

Before anyone reads this book, they should have first read the whole Bible. There are plenty of references to the New Testament, Isaiah, Psalms, and the Torah (books of Moses). Most references are self contained, including quotes from the Revised Standard Version Bible. Sometimes the references include only partial or no quotes. In either case, it helps to be able to put things in context in your head, so it helps to be familiar with the text of the Bible before hand.

Pope Benedict is a first rate theological scholar. By the way, there is practically nothing Catholic-specific in this book - everything applies to all Christians. The point of view is conservative, decidedly not liberal. You will no doubt see positive reviews by Protestants and Mormons of this book. Sometimes the tone is a bit scholarly, discussing the work of other theologians. All in all, probably not a good book for someone who is unfamiliar with the Bible.

I cannot recommend it highly enough. This is one of most inspired and intelligently written books I own. In the preface, Pope Benedict promises to write a sequel about the rest of Jesus' life, and I look forward to that next book.
Jesus himself  Apr 4, 2010
This is a book i had seen dozens of times before buying it. Whenever at a bookstore I would always see Benedict XVI's section and very happily pass on over them, expecting them to be extremely dry.

However one day i was hopping around this site and found this book's paged and was shocked...4.5 stars?!?! Surely this was the result of a wave of catholics loving their pope without reservation. After all, wasn't this the guy Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that scary conservative.

I read some reviews and realized that maybe this book, and the man himself, were more than I had originally assumed. My next trip to borders I went directly to Benedict, picked up Jesus of Nazareth, and bought it.

The opening chapter/preface enthralled me. Yes, it is extremely dry and I am sure unbearably boring to many people. However I am one of those strange people attracted to scholarship with all its weird I loved it. If you pick it up and are turned off by the opening section, do NOT stop reading the book. It is a needed chapter in order to inform the reader of Benedict's foundation for what he is to explore in the rest of the book.

From then on every chapter stunned me. Lots of underlining. Lots. I believe what made this book truly great was Benedict's ability to expose all the connections, all the threads that illuminate passages to bring their full meaning to life. Though there are many examples I shall list only one. Prior to this book I had always viewed the Sermon on the Mount/Plain to be a simple teaching on law and ethics, much like the rabbinical judaism that was forming in Jesus' day. However Benedict brought to light the christological nature of the sermon and COMPLETELY changed its meaning to both what happened 2000 years ago, and how i realte to it. It is not a teaching of law; it is a teaching of Jesus himself.

And this is thus what is at the very center of this book: Jesus himself. As is stated on the back cover, this book is simply a search for the face of the Lord. It begins with a passage, explains how everything relates to it, and then returns to the heart of it all, Jesus.

Simply a wonderful book. It may seem dry sometimes, but bear through! You will be thankful in the end, for the work is truly a wonderful well for both knowledge and faith. This book is pure and simply Jesus himself. It is not how his teachings or necessarily actions effect us today; it is how Jesus' very existence and being completely change everything. Everything indeed.
Excellent book on faith  Mar 15, 2010
This book was deep and inspiring. It offers many different viewpoints that help you think about Christ's teachings - like how do they compare with things in the Old Testament or in light of Jewish Tradition, which was very enlightening. It challenged me to think more about what being a disciple of Christ really means. It has inspired me to deepen my relationship with Christ and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to deepen their faith.
Pope Benedict  Mar 15, 2010
This is a 13 hour, 11 diswc audio book by his holiness Pope Benedict XV1. I thoght it was not only good but interesting. Benedict has been the new pope of the Roman Catholic church since 2005 when John Paul II passed away. I feel Benedict is much better John Paul because they're getting away from a needy person/ starving children's fund. One main criticism of the Roman Catholic church is since the modern era they cater to needy people/ starving children. It's glory years were in the Crusades, Middle Ages and Renaissance. Though on the decloine, the Roman Catholic denomination alone has 1 trliion some hundred billion members worldwise. The church has the highest authority. Martin Luther made the church a priesthood of all believers. Most devil worship was wiped out in the Inqusition.
A very informative read!  Feb 23, 2010
The theology of this book is very sound and revealing. It is very detailed in exploring Jesus through the Gospels. My only problem is that it was a little difficult for me to read. Pope Benedict is even more erudite, in his writings, than John Paul II! Perhaps, it's the translation that is the cause of this, I'll have to read the book again to understand it completely. I've read other writings of Benedict's but this one, by far, is the most difficult to get through. Otherwise, I find it a fascinating and interesting read. It is much better than the biography Jesus by Michael Grant which was so secular that Jesus is almost unrecognizable. If one wants a legitimate portrait and understanding of Jesus based in Catholic understanding then this is the book to read!

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