- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Edition edition (15 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747592780
- ISBN-13: 978-0747592785
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 14 x 4.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesus of Nazareth Hardcover – 15 May 2007
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CONTENTS Introduction: A First Glance at the Mystery of Jesus Chapter One: The Baptism of Jesus Chapter Two: The Temptations of Jesus Chapter Three: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God Chapter Four: The Sermon on the Mount Chapter Five: The Lord's Prayer Chapter Six: The Disciples Chapter Seven: The Message of the Parables Chapter Eight: The Major Johannine Images Chapter Nine: Two Milestones on Jesus' Way: Peter's Confession and the Transfiguration Chapter Ten: Jesus Declares His Identity Bibliography
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On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI and became the 264th successor to Peter as the 'Vicar of Jesus Christ'. He may well be the most accomplished theologian to be elected Pope in modern times. From 1981 he spent over 20 years as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a role often depicted as the 'defender of the faith'. Cardinal Ratzinger was also President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the Preparatory Commission that codified the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, published in 1994.
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My reluctance and bias were in fact killed by the sheer brilliance and luminous style of this work: if the Pope is Christ's representative on Earth, then the Pope has created a masterpiece "autobiography". His message is clear and goes straight to the heart, presenting the reader with a Jesus who is incredibly real and divinely human, the whole text compelling and inspirational.
No complicate theology is offered (for this you should read Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI), nor any sophisticate exegesis of biblical texts . His Holiness is lucid and crystal-clear in his exposition of facts and ideas, not at all homiletic or speaking ex-cathedra with the authority of his position. Actually, he states, in his foreword, "this book is in no way an exercise of the magisterium, but is solely an expression of my personal search 'for the face of the Lord'"
I believe the author has excellently succeeded. You have a Jew's word!
1. The Pope enabled me to see again the decisive radicality of Jesus of Nazareth, the new Moses, whose authority caused many in Israel to react with alarm. I was particularly taken by his use of the work of Jacob Neusner, an american Rabbi, who has written a notable work on Jesus. What is remarkable is that Jacob Neusner sees clearly the "problem" with Jesus, a man who claims to have divine authority and who proclaims himself as the new "Torah" in the sermon on the mount. The Pope himself acknowledges his indebtedness to Jacon Neusner for enabling him to see Jesus afresh through the lense of judaism.
2. The Pope's dialogue with modern exegetes is particularly illuminating in that he draws from their work those golden nuggets which enable one to see Jesus in his historic reality. He also dialogues with those exegetes who have lost sight of Jesus by erroneously seeing Jesus in the gospels as some sort of modern liberal rabbi and underlines how such views do not sit squarely with the gospel accounts.
3. Critically, the Pope announces that he personally trusts the gospels and rejects Bultmann's rejection of the historicity of John's gospel. He shows how John sits squarely within the ambit of the faith and feasts of Israel.
4. Above all, amidst the scholarly analysis, the Pope shows himself as a man of immense faith. At certain parts of the book, I felt myself movingly humbled by being, so to speak, at the feet of a man, who is himself a great teacher. Long may he live so that we can enjoy the fruits of his labours.
Ratzinger argues with ease that you cannot separate the historical Jesus from the religious figure because Jesus preached about God above all else. He includes enough historical detail to make the reader understand the context of Jesus said and what it meant to the Jews when he said it.
Ratzinger also clears up any misconceptions people have about Jesus' teaching. For example I never really properly understand his teaching about doing good on a Sunday until I read this book. The language Ratzinger uses isn't lofty or overly dramatic. He communicates his meaning clearly and you don't have to be a member of the clergy to get it. You really get the sense that Ratzinger is on his home turf here, he's not trying to argue his case, he doesn't need to, he's just explaining what he knows.
And so you a get clearer portrait of the Jesus that lived 2000 years ago. A figure that is more radical, life changing and shocking than perhaps any of those other authors can come up with.
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This is a bit of a scholarly read. Personally, I am tired of reading scholarly stuff about god and associated issues. I actually don't think god needs a lot of scholarship..... Read morePublished 3 months ago by It's me here!
Unable to rate it, as I have so far not received it; it was dispatched in mid November.Published 13 months ago by Pat
Pope Benedict XVI is a great writer and this book is not only a theological book. This is also a great story!Published 16 months ago by Anja
Pope Benedict really gets to know Jesus and tries to transmit that knowledge for the edification of his readers. Not a book to be rushed but to be read in small doses.Published 18 months ago by A. C. Ireland
To me one of the most important books I've ever read.
Don't just read it, study it slowly, read few pages and have a good think about what You've just read. Read more