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Jesus of Nazareth [Paperback]

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Pages   389
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.07" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   IGNATIUS PRESS #1427
ISBN  1586171984  
EAN  9781586171988  

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Who is Jesus? According to the wildly popular book and film, The Da Vinci Code, Jesus was a merely human figure whose original message was distorted by his followers. Not so, argues Pope Benedict XVI in this inspiring, well-argued, and thoughtful new book. Benedict sums up two thousand years of Christian insight about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The early Christians did not misrepresent Jesus. Indeed, their understanding of Jesus is the one that makes the most sense based on the historical evidence. "Who do men say that I am?" Jesus asked his disciples. The answer to that question is as crucial and timely today as when it was first asked two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ remains the pivotal figure of human history. In his first major book written as Pope, Benedict XVI looks at various answers to the question of Jesus' identity. He shows in a "theological narrative" how the Christ of the Gospels, the Jesus of the Church's faith, is the genuine Jesus of history. He presents Jesus as someone we can know personally, and someone who knows and loves us. And who sacrificed himself for our salvation. Jesus of Nazareth also continues the conversation about the relationship of Christianity and other world religions. Benedict XVI affirms the truth found in other religions, but he also expresses the Christian conviction that Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, embodies the fullness of truth, God's immense love for the world.

Publishers Description
In this bold, momentous work, Joseph Ratzinger-in his first book written since he became Pope-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 invites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

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More About Pope Benedict XVI & Adrian J. Walker

Joseph Ratzinger Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As theology professor, prelate, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine and now Pope, he has been an inspiring teacher and a prolific writer. As Pope he has authored important encyclicals, as well as the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as "Introduction to Christianity" and "The Spirit of the Liturgy".

Joseph Ratzinger has published or released items in the following series...
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Jesus of Nazareth - a jouney to meet Christ in the Scriptures  Dec 21, 2009
This is not light reading, but it is insightful, scholarly, and deeply spiritual. The Pope's understanding of Scripture in light of the traditions and liturgy of the Church, lead the reader to new and more intimate understandings of the mysteries hidden in the texts. These are not "inventions of Scripture" or private interpretations, but rather open gates to a deeper and broader understanding of the infinite love nature of God through Jesus, and His plan for the redemption of humankind. I can't wait for the second volume of Benedict's work to be completed.
A Remarkably Brilliant Look at Jesus for All to Read  Dec 7, 2009
I did not know what to expect when delving into Pope Benedict's writing on Jesus. Although growing up as a Roman Catholic, I have been Protestant for 20 years. Almost immediately, I was impressed by the Pope's writing style and in depth analysis of Jesus of Nazareth. This is truly a book for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or background.

The Pope writes about Jesus with the knowledge and consideration of a theologian and Bible scholar who has read with interest the plethora of scholarship available and has formed his own reasoned and faithful views. These views he conveys thoughtfully in simple language and style that offers insights and depth for the scholarly readers and plain teachings for lay readers and those learning about Jesus for the first time.

His introduction sets the scene of the landscape in which he writes about a topic that has been the most fully scrutinized in history. He has considered the critics, the facts, the obvious, the subjective and objective views on Jesus. He shares with readers a faith-inspired Jesus who he believes is also the Jesus of history. The Pope's image of Jesus is one compatible with objective historical analysis and Christian faith.

He walks readers through the major events and themes of the early parts of Jesus' life and ministry. He shares considerable insights based on his own faith and analysis, as well as drawing from scholars of all ages including the early Fathers. To many western readers, the Pope will introduce a different perspective from the East, Europe and the early church.

I especially appreciated his writing on the Sermon on the Mount, The Lord's Prayer, the images of John's gospel and the identify of Jesus. His teaching is conguent with what I have learned as a Protestant and at an Anglican seminary. I encourage you to read this book.
Preliminary Assessment  Dec 1, 2009
Pope Benedict has created an authoritarian study of the meanings of Jesus' teachings. Since I have not finished the book, I can give only preliminary impressions of the content. But so far, the Pope's text relies on extensive research and explanations from the authors of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). And he also establishes the divinity of Jesus by comparing many of His actions to the prophets, recalled from the 1st Testament; and how He was perceived by the Jewish hierarchy during that period. It is thoroughly thought provoking, an extremely scholarly documentation, based on the Popes extensive research. Since it was obviously translated to English from German, several terms are not household words, so have your dictionary and the Glossary in hand. My good friend who initially introduced the work to me has read the book in it's entirety ........ when I commented that it might easier for me if I had a PhD in Philosophy, he just said that I'll have to read it more than once, that he's already read it twice ........... and he is a PhD in Educational Technology.
Unintelligable to the average reader  Oct 15, 2009
Based upon the style and the vocabulary used in the book it is best suited for people with a background in theology or biblical studies. The book is unintelligible to the average reader. Further the book is described as "my personal search 'for the face of the Lord'". I found nothing "personal" in the book at all. To me if a book is supposed to be about a "personal search" it should be written in first person and it was not.
Jesus of Nazareth  Oct 5, 2009

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