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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592765998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592765997
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew is a very serious and well-thought-out attempt to teach us once again just who is being proclaimed in the Gospel of Saint Matthew. It is a slow, steady journey through this Gospel, a journey that pauses over and over again to examine in a thoughtful and prayerful way the names and titles given to our Lord in this Gospel... I hope that in the years to come [Sammons] will follow this book up with later volumes on the other evangelists. I also hope that we will see more and more books like this, intelligent, erudite, yet accessible, on our Divine Savior and his life and personality." - --Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

About the Author

Eric Sammons is head of Evangelization at St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg, MD, and is completing his M.A. in Theology degree at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He writes the popular Catholic blog The Divine Life. He is co-founder of the not-for-profit Little Flowers Foundation, whose mission is to assist Catholic families seeking to adopt special-needs children. Eric lives with his wife Suzan and five children in Maryland.

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Eric Sammons is Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice in Florida and has a Master's degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. A convert to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism, Sammons has appeared on EWTN and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio, as well as the former co-host of the Washington, DC radio show "Catholic Matters." His articles have appeared in OSV Newsweekly, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Catholic Online and CatholicExchange.com

Eric lives with his wife Suzan and six children in Florida.

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The next time I read, I pick up a different book from the book pile.
Marcel LeJeune
The book also presents some interesting information and teases out some interesting passages as to their meaning.
Jeffrey Miller
This book is what holistic Scripture study looks like, a model to be emulated.
Brandon Vogt

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on November 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Pope Benedict XVI's recent letter Verbum Domini, the Pope called Christians to a deeper love for the Word of God. In particular, Benedict encouraged a fuller, more holistic approach to Scripture. This approach looks at the Bible through the lens of the Church, not through the lens of secular scholasticism, and it is an invitation to harness the full arsenal of Church Tradition: the Church Fathers, the writings of Saints and Popes, dogmas, doctrines, and the formulations of Church councils.

Back in late September, Catholic blogger Eric Sammons released a new book titled Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew (Our Sunday Visitor, 208 pages, paperback), a book that prematurely answered the Pope's call.

In Who Is Jesus Christ?, Eric uses 25 chapters to explore each of the names and titles ascribed to Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. The book begins with lesser emphasized labels, like "ghost" and "carpenter's son", then builds with familiar roles like "prophet" and "teacher", and finally crescendos into the most fundamental title of all, "Jesus".

While browsing the book, the content seems fairly heady. But Eric's lucid, eloquent style draws the reader from page to page without overwhelming them; anyone with a basic knowledge of the Bible should be able to understand most of Eric's meditations.

But despite its clear prose, Who Is Jesus Christ? features deep material. Quotes from Church Fathers pepper every chapter, while liturgical prayers, commentary from the Saints, and Eric's own reflections fill out the rest of the pages. This book is what holistic Scripture study looks like, a model to be emulated.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cammie on November 11, 2010
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"Who is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew" by Eric Sammons is one of the best books that I've read in a very long time. At the moment I'm alternating between not letting my copy, which I've just finished but already want to read again, out of my sight, and thinking of people who I know who would really enjoy reading it.

The book is a careful study of Jesus Christ, as seen through the names that he is called in the Gospel of Matthew. Each name is the subject of a chapter. The chapters are further divided into five sections so that the book flows naturally from title to title. The first section, "Incomplete Perceptions" includes the chapters: Man, Rabbi, Ghost, Carpenter's Son, John the Baptist, Elijah, and Jeremiah. The next section "Roles" is made up of King of Jews, Prophet, Lord of the Sabbath, King of Israel, Teacher, Christ and Lord. This is followed by Old Testament Prophecies and Figures: Nazarene, Shepherd, Physician, Bridegroom, and Emmanuel. The forth section titled simply "Son" includes the many ways Jesus was addressed that included that same name: Son of Abraham, Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God and "My Beloved Son." Lastly Sammons looks at the name given to Joseph by an angel: Jesus.

While I read it chapter by chapter, absorbing the amazing insight that each name reveals, I am certain I will learn even more when I read it again (there's just so much information and insight!). Paul has spent the past weeks looking up when I interrupted him from whatever paper he was working on to share one insight or another that had never even occurred to me. From the question "did you know that only one person in the book of Matthew calls Jesus "Rabbi?" (Do you know who it is? The same person uses it two times!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcel LeJeune on November 15, 2010
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Eric Sammons, the author of the book Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew, is in big trouble. Why? Because I have a bad habit of reading anywhere from 4-15 books at a time. I generally pick one up and read it for a while. The next time I read, I pick up a different book from the book pile. Once in a while, esp. when reading fiction, I read a book cover-to-cover and can't put it down. Eric's new book has been one that I can't put down and this means the stack of other books has been neglected since I starting reading Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew?

The book is a meditation on the different titles given to Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew. It is evident that Sammons has been chewing on this Gospel for a long time, because the insights are enlightening, relevant, and personal. I have really enjoyed praying alongside Sammons as I am reading his thoughts.

What you notice is a humble acknowledgement that any fruit that comes from his book, came first from the Holy Spirit who inspired St. Matthew to write his Gospel for us. This humility is the first step to being able to know Jesus Christ personally and draw others closer to him. Sammons is a friend to us all, because through this book he helps us to know Jesus better.
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