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Popes are known for writing encyclicals and papal bulls, not popular works on the historical Jesus, which is in any case a field well-trod by countless other authors. But Pope Benedict XVI, a.k.a. the German theologian Joseph Ratzinger, has now written the second volume in his "Jesus of Nazareth" series. (A third may be in the offing.) And this book, as with the first, is a worthy contribution to the field not only because it was written by a pope, but also because it combines solid scholarship with deep spirituality. As such it joins the Jesus of history to the Christ of faith in an accessible narrative. This volume explores the drama of Holy Week, yet it is relatively bloodless compared with other treatments. The focus is on the meaning of the events, with a strong reiteration of recent church teaching against imputing guilt for Jesus' death to the Jews of that time or now. But Benedict's explanation of the Resurrection and his phrase "evolutionary leap" to help conceive it may be the most fascinating and enduring aspect of the book. The Resurrection opens "a new dimension of human existence," the pope writes; it "points beyond history but has left a footprint within history." The same could be said of this book. (Mar. 10)

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On the Day of Pentecost, Peter sought to explain to the assembled multitude what God had done through Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen. Peter's successor, Benedict XVI, here undertakes the same urgent task, in fruitful dialogue with the historical-critical biblical scholarship that dominates contemporary academic study of Jesus. Charting the path of the new evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI uncovers for us the living source of Peter's evangelizing mission: Jesus, in whom God gives hope to the world. --Matthew Levering, Ph.D., Co-Editor, Nova et Vetera, and Co-Director, Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue

Working from Scripture, the Church Fathers and contemporary scholarship, Benedict XVI deftly brings together the historical and theological dimensions of the gospel portraits of Jesus. This is a splendid, penetrating study of the central figure of Christian faith; a learned and spiritual illumination not only of who Jesus was, but who he is for us today. --+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

What better guide could you find than Benedict XVI to lead you on the bracing adventure of exploring the historical Jesus and discovering, under the tutelage of this most sage successor to Peter, the inner meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection. Faith and reasonare the two wings Benedict XVI takes up to lead us to astonishingly fresh spiritual perspectives and dizzying heights. This book often takes ones breath away, while infusing in the reader the God-breathed Word, which is the Gospel. --Tim Gray, Ph.D., President , Augustine Institute

Working from Scripture, the Church Fathers and contemporary scholarship, Benedict XVI deftly brings together the historical and theological dimensions of the gospel portraits of Jesus. This is a splendid, penetrating study of the central figure of Christian faith; a learned and spiritual illumination not only of who Jesus was, but who he is for us today. --+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

What better guide could you find than Benedict XVI to lead you on the bracing adventure of exploring the historical Jesus and discovering, under the tutelage of this most sage successor to Peter, the inner meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection. Faith and reasonare the two wings Benedict XVI takes up to lead us to astonishingly fresh spiritual perspectives and dizzying heights. This book often takes ones breath away, while infusing in the reader the God-breathed Word, which is the Gospel. --Tim Gray, Ph.D., President , Augustine Institute
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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1st American Edition edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586175009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586175009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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Born in 1927 in Germany as Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI has been head of the Roman Catholic Church since April 2005. A prolific author, theologian and university professor, Ratzinger served as an "expert" at the Second Vatican Council, and was tapped in 1977 by Pope Paul VI to lead the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. In 1981, Pope John Paul II called him to Rome to head the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he served until his papal election.

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"Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection" is the sequel to Pope Benedicts XVI's first book on the life of Christ: "Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration." What I am writing, I write as an Anglican priest and professor who has read previously only a few articles by Pope Benedict XVI (back when he was Cardinal Ratzinger). I'm happy to say that I find Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth" a wonderful commentary on the life of Jesus Christ. While it's very clear that the Pope is a scholar, it's also clear he is a man of deep faith: I want both of these in a good commentary on the life of Christ! This Volume 2 of the Pope's work makes me want to go out and buy his first volume as well. "Jesus of Nazareth", especially, makes for wonderful Lent, Passiontide, and Eastertide reading!

I heartily recommend "Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection" to all Christians who want to understand Jesus and His teachings better, to be closer to Jesus Christ, and to become more faithful disciples of His in the process. Any writer who manages to combine scholarly erudition with readability and deep insights into faith and theology deserves to be read. This is especially true if the writer is the present Pope!

In his forward, Benedict places his work, and that of scholarly exegesis in general, firmly in its theological context, as a response to the historical-critical exegesis that is even now exhausting itself. In other words, his work will combine the scholar's care for history with the saint's devotion to and care for the biblical text. Benedict says that he is not writing another "life of Christ" but wants simply to present the figure and message of Jesus.
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In Pope Benedict XVI's second volume of "Jesus of Nazareth" the Pope continues to explore the life of Jesus. This time it is from Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem until the time of his Resurrection. His purpose for writing the book is stated in the introduction, when he says, "I have attempted to develop a way of observing and listening to the Jesus of the Gospels that can indeed lead to personal encounter and that, through collective listening with Jesus' disciples across the ages, can indeed attain sure knowledge of the real historical figure of Jesus."

This encounter with Jesus is achieved through a unique analysis of the Biblical text. Benedict is trying to change the way in which Biblical scholars and theologians dive into the text and help shift Biblical studies toward a more intimate portrayal of Christ.

The current state of biblical studies in most of Christianity is still heavily dependent upon the historical-critical method of study. This method is really a compilation of various methods of trying to look into the past to examine the Biblical text in light of what we know about them during the time they were written. It tries to understand, as best as can be done, what the human authors of Scripture understood about the world, culture, themselves, God, etc. to draw out the meaning of the text.

Benedict XVI stated in volume I that the method is limited in what it can do for us, because it remains a method which leaves "the biblical word in the past". It also does not approach the text with the eyes of faith, but with a critical eye. This means that it is very limited in the scope of what it can do for us and it cannot bring us to a real encounter with a God who comes to us as a Living Word today.
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Before he was Benedict 16, Joseph Ratzinger was known as a scholar and theologian. This book reflects that scholarship and show his ability to communicate. It is the first of two books and covers most of Jesus' public ministry. I highly recommend this work for all orthodox (SMALL O) Christians, NOT just Catholics. Christian scholars, both Protestant AND Catholic will of course have read this book. But while scholarly, this book is important to all, not just scholars, who sincerely want to grow in "friendship with Christ".
I want to reassure them, there is nothing that would offend any Protestant sensibilities. I believe that many denominations, even those that seem staunchly anti-Catholic, will actually find themselves in almost complete agreement. Benedict 16 even states in the book that it is in "no way an exercise of the magestirium", simply an "expression of his personal search for the face of the Lord." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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I am 2/3 of the way through this book, so technically I should have refrained from doing a review. But the mood has struck Me to do one, so sue Me. This may be His best book ever. Which is amazing considering his age, but this Man's mind is laser sharp. I would hope that many people who normally would not read a religious book or a book on Christology would read this book, due to its being written by a presiding Pope. I remember the first time I read a work of Ratzinger's. It was his book on Eschatology, called "Eternal Life", in english. This book from the late 70's,is a masterpiece of theology. This second volume on Jesus, rivals the quality of that work. His insights on the High Priestly prayer of Jesus from John's Gospel has some of the most helpful points I have ever read on this part of John's Gospel. As someone who struggles with maintaining faith in this nightmare world, I find this Pope's honesty about reality and some of the tenative "understandings" of faith, quite refreshing. This man's faith is profound, but He totally understands the problems of those who don't share the same assurance of Faith. He has read and understands the points of Atheism, Agnosticism, Skeptism, probably better than many of those who espouse those views, do themselves! Some of the vitriolic and laughable books by people like Dawkins, Hitchens and others, comes to mind. Their books are so lacking in real argument and terrible charicature's of the views of Theists and the Jewish/Christian traditions. Have they ever really studied Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Luther, Barth, ect? The Pope makes a beautiful case for considering the Truth of the Christian witness to Jesus Christ. Ironic that such books come out in a culture that is becoming more and more post Christian.Read more ›
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