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An open enquiry which strengthens faith (Pat Brack),
This review is from: Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week Part 2: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection (Hardcover)
I am a practising Catholic who has read a lot of work by 'Jesus Seminar' scholars, many of whom are not orthodox Christians, which has challenged me and expanded my knowledge without shaking my faith. However, when I have read works by Christian exegetes I have often been bored by their turgid styles of writing and inability to write a sentence without biblical referencing.
Pope Benedict's work however offers the best of both worlds. He writes as an open minded scholar, a Christian exegete, a pastor and most pleasingly as someone who can commmunicate accessibly.
As someone who values the debt owed to Judaism by Christianity, it is also great to see how Benedict puts the evangelists words into their historical perspective and brings to light numerous references to the prophets and messianic literature from his own store house of knowledge.
I am reading this book in the run up to holy week and would heartily recommend its purchase to anyone interested in Jesus regardless of their personal faith.
Since his visit to Britain I have revered Pope Benedict as a pastor, having read this book I cannot praise his writing highly enough.