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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor; 1st edition (July 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592764053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592764051
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It is an easy read, being well written.
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This is a book to read more than once in order to absorb and retain all it contains.
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This book is great for Catholics who do not read a lot of theology.
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140 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dubruiel on August 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In some way this book was being written at the same time as Jesus of Nazareth as Pope Benedict gave his weekly teaching on the Apostles that Jesus chose and that the Church chose after Jesus' resurrection. The pope had insisted that in Jesus of Nazareth he was writing as Joseph Ratizinger, not as the Pope--but in this book we have the clear teaching of Pope Benedict with some of the same conclusions as he reaches in Jesus of Nazareth, but also a lot more that touches on some issues that were found wanting in the later work by some scholars.

One of Pope Benedict's loudest critics of Jesus of Nazareth was the former Catholic (now Jewish) scholar Geza Vermes who wrote in his review of the book in The Times of London saying "Another recurrent theme in Ratzinger's perception of Christ is that Jesus
intended the Gospel to be preached to all the nations. If so, did he just forget Jesus' sayings that contradict the universality of the apostolic mission, namely, that both Jesus and his disciples were sent only to the "lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew x, 5-6; xv, 24)."

In this book The Apostles, the Pope answers this criticism, showing how the accounts that we have in the Bible show that Jesus clearly intended to create a Church that would reach out beyond the limited scope of Israel.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By happy in Oly on September 16, 2007
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Pope Benedict XVI has created a wonderful work in "The Apostles." A word for those who have read his pre-Pope works, or even Pope JPII's works, this book is amazingly simple and readable in style, and one can easily take a chapter a day and get through it. He provides meditations, scriptural history and traditions for each of the Apostles and a few others mentioned in the New Testament in a way I have never seen. This book will open your eyes to the profound lives of each of the Apostles and how they experienced Jesus in their own unique ways, their strengths and their weaknesses. I honestly could not put this book down. Incredible, packed with depth yet written for the common lay person!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Faucon on March 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Apostles by Benedict XVI is a collection of some of the General Audiences given by Benedict XVI which deal with the origins of the Catholic Church (the full title of the book is The Origins of the Church, the Apostles, and Their Co-Workers). The book provides a look at the founding of the church by Christ and an examination of the apostles and some of the important early figures within the church. Because it is a collection of general audiences the book lacks the sort of opening or conclusions that one would expect from a typical book; however, the collected audiences hold together very well.

Readers are given an excellent taste of the Pope's brilliant analysis. This book is great for Catholics who do not read a lot of theology. The Pope's books, generally speaking, are not beach reads and require a lot of time and thought; however, the subject matter in this book is presented in a much simpler fashion making it an excellent choice for those who aren't used to reading theological works. A simple style is not the same thing as simple minded though, so even veteran readers of theology will find this book to be enjoyable.

This book will make a great addition to any Catholic's personal library, whether that library is a whole room of books or a single shelf.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Napa Valley Pilgrim on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book reprints a year's worth of Pope Benedict XVI's weekly addresses at his public audiences where he meditates on the stories of the twelve apostles, St. Paul and other early disciples of Christ. He draws lessons from these that apply to all of us. An excellent and easy read with short chapters that can be read independently.

Caveat emptor: This is the same exact content as "Jesus, The Apostles and The Early Church" published by Ignatius Press. The Ignatius Press version is printed on heavier paper and is a more well produced book for the same price. Buy that one instead! Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church: General Audiences, 15 March 2006-14 February 2007
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Nature Aunt on July 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wow, what an opportunity..to hear about Church history--first hand--from the Holy Father. I learned so much about my church, my faith and found the stories of the saints so inspiring. I'm also amazed that the head of the Church can write in a way that the average Catholic actually enjoys reading..it's not some academic sounding textbook.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on January 16, 2008
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With brevity and flair, Pope Benedict XVI takes us on a journey through the lives of each Apostle and their immediate followers such as Stephen, Timothy, Titus, Barnabas, Apollos, and more. Legend takes a backseat to the more historically-founded evidence yet the men and women who knew Jesus still loom large in the imagination and provide valuable lessons as human beings. The chapters are short, made up of a collection of homilies given through 2006 and early 2007. For the most part, the lessons provided are simple yet profound. A solid work as historical study or catecheses and well worth the study.
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