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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 the author of several books, including a high school textbook on world religions. He holds a degree in Systems Analysis with a concentration in Economics from Miami University in Ohio, and earned a Master of Theology degree from Franciscan University. He worked in the software development field for more than 15 years, including 10 years as the owner of his own software firm. He is a freelance writer and editor.

Eric and his beautiful wife Suzan have seven children. They currently reside in Florida and are serious baseball fans. 

Eric's website "Swimming Upstream" may be found at ericsammons.com.
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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: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 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: #2,311,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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This book smacked of "Bible study" and maybe the brilliant author will forgive me for having put off reading my review copy for so very long. Because, you know what? It wasn't at all what I expected. Sammons's style is not only approachable and entertaining, but the premise of the book is one that I appreciated. Instead of going through Matthew verse by verse, Sammons takes each title of Jesus used in the Gospel and compiles it into a section. There are 25 of these (why was I surprised by that number?), and they're all done completely and yet succinctly. After reading this book, I truly do feel like I know Jesus a little better...and that I want to pursue the Gospels to get to know Him even better. This was not only unlike any other study I've seen, but also a way of making the Gospel truly real and living. Highly recommended.
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