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Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration / Edition 1

Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration / Edition 1

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by Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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ISBN-10: 1586171984

ISBN-13: 9781586171988

Pub. Date: 09/15/2008

Publisher: Ignatius Press

"This book is... my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord."
---Benedict XVI

In this bold, momentous work, the pope--in his first book written as Benedict XVI--seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent "popular" depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his


"This book is... my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord."
---Benedict XVI

In this bold, momentous work, the pope--in his first book written as Benedict XVI--seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent "popular" depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

From Jesus of Nazareth... "the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! He has brought the God who once gradually unveiled his countenance first to Abraham, then to Moses and the prophets, and then in the wisdom literature---the God who showed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love."

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations     viii
Publisher's Note     x
Foreword     xi
Introduction: An Initial Reflection on the Mystery of Jesus     1
The Baptism of Jesus     9
The Temptations of Jesus     25
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God     46
The Sermon on the Mount     64
The Beatitudes     70
The Torah of the Messiah     99
"You Have Heard That It Was Said... But I Say to You..."     99
The Dispute Concerning the Sabbath     106
The Fourth Commandment: The Family, the People, and the Community of Jesus' Disciples     112
Compromise and Prophetic Radicalism     122
The Lord's Prayer     128
Our Father Who Art in Heaven     135
Hallowed Be Thy Name     142
Thy Kingdom Come     145
Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven     147
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread     150
And Forgive Us Our Trespasses, as We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us     157
And Lead Us Not into Temptation     160
But Deliver Us from Evil     164
The Disciples     169
The Message of the Parables     183
The Nature and Purpose of theParables     183
Three Major Parables from the Gospel of Luke     194
The Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37)     194
The Parable of the Two Brothers (the Prodigal Son and the Son Who Remained at Home) and the Good Father (Lk 15:11-32)     202
The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31)     211
The Principal Images of John's Gospel     218
Introduction: The Johannine Question     218
The Principal Johannine Images     238
Water     238
Vine and Wine     248
Bread     263
The Shepherd     272
Two Milestones on Jesus' Way: Peter's Confession and the Transfiguration     287
Peter's Confession     287
The Transfiguration     305
Jesus Declares His Identity     319
The Son of Man     321
The Son     335
"I Am"     345
Glossary     357
Bibliography     365
Index     375

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Jesus of Nazareth 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
eternalstudent More than 1 year ago
As a Protestant, Reformation-loving Christian, albeit respectful of the immense contribution of Roman Catholicism to the intellectual framework of Christianity, I had some trepidation at the outset of the reading of this book. I have since read it twice and eagerly look forward to Part II. Written while still Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, Benedict undertakes the immense task of examining the life and impact of Jesus of Nazareth, synthesizing the narratives of all four Gospels into a coherent and inspiring Christology, from the Jordan River to the Mount of Transfiguration. Benedict is a consummate scholar, familiar with all of the important historic and contemporary vantage points from which the life of Christ is appreciated. He is unfailingly kind to opposing views as he engages each in turn, but defends the orthodoxy of Christ--fully man, fully God--and the authority of Scripure with rigor and insight. This is most evident in his engagement of the ideas of Rabbi Jacob Neusner, himself a repectful dissenter from the claims of Christianity, in his "A Rabbi Talks With Jesus" (copyright 2000, McGill-Queens University Press). This dialogue between the two serves as an example of how those of different faiths might discuss and debate the essentials of their respective traditions without rancor. More importantly, Benedict renders both the pericopes (stories about) and parables of Jesus--and the various historic commentarites--accessible to the reader. He embodies in his presentation the characteristics of a true disciple of Christ, presenting both objectives and objections with a gentle and persuasive tone. He sheds light on how one might pierce the veil comprised of confusing interpretations of Jesus and his life, and find Jesus himself in the Gospel narrative. His patient and scholarly renderings of the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables of Christ were, to me, the very best parts of an already excellent work, and with some patience should be understandable to any serious seeker or student of Jesus of Nazareth. Finally, a work like this inspires not only a more comprehensive view of the One whom I call Lord, but gives me hope for a greater essential unity of all who go by His name, because Benedict highlights that which all believers share-- the possession of Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man.
mc76NYC More than 1 year ago
What was helpful to me about this book is that Pope Benedict XVI wrote about Jesus Christ as a personal believer and as a theologian. I do not mean that to be a believer excludes being a theologian, but rather some books treat the Christ like he is a speciman on a theological petrie dish more than the central figure of our Christian faith. This book renewed my faith.
tmuet More than 1 year ago
It was just as I expected from Pope Benedict . Thorough, fair, cerebral. He patiently explains the errors in many of the newest teachings coming from the likes of the "Jesus Seminar". With a thoughtful,professorial tone, he leads the reader to a proper and historical understanding of Jesus the man and Jesus Our Lord. We learn through careful documentation of the historical facts that the two faces of Our Lord are not mutually expclusive. His is man and He is Lord. Pope Benedicts' concern for the faithful to have an accurate understanding of the life of Jesus is apparent as he guides us through the events that shape the gospel stories. Take your time when reading this book. Though not a quick and easy read, the spiritual food is well worth the effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a Catholic but my sister is and she suggested I read this book. I was pleasantly supprised. The pope got right to the point of who Jesus is and what he really brought to the world. He did not go into deep Catholic catechism but instead stayed the course, focusing solely on Jesus. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking the truth about Jesus or for someone who would like to know what Christianity is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'jesus of nazareth' by pope benedict xvi is a very special book. it gives a great overview of what christ came into this world to truly do for us and the great love that he has for us. what I found special in this book was the pope seems to show how our savior really cares for each person no matter who they are. in this publication the pope says that christ thinks every human being is unique. I think this is comforting because it shows that this bestseller shows that the savior truly cares no matter who you are. this book is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket and would be great to give as a gift to someone special.
RDHarrison75 More than 1 year ago
Powerful in its inspiration, profound in its insights. Almost certainly the best single exposition of the faith outside the Catechism itself. An intensively rich treasure. Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is THE man on the theology of Christ--end of discussion. The quality of this book will surprise even the most loyal and pope-centered Catholic. It's that good, a genuine masterpiece that will stand through the ages. It will be a classic of the faith. I have not read all of the other writings of Pope Benedict XVI, but if this is not his signature piece I definitely want to read the one that is. No one else can speak so authoritatively on the teachings of Christ, and although the pope's voice is nearly always gentle, it speaks with unmistakable authority. Pope Benedict XVI may be the closest thing to the wisdom of Solomon the modern Christian world will ever see. Don't miss this book; the depth of understanding will floor you.
Juan_Diaz More than 1 year ago
I had a paper copy of this book, and now got it on my Nook as well. I like it this much! This book talks of the life of Jesus between his baptism and transfiguration. The most famous moments of his earthly life: birth, crucifixion, and resurrection, are not in this book - they are reserved for future volumes by Pope Benedict. The book is not Catholic specific in any way. In fact, many Baptists and other Christians like it a lot too! If you read it, you will see that Pope Benedict is a very intelligent preacher with a lot of profound insights about Jesus. Highly recommended!
cat-moo-oli More than 1 year ago
Quite by accident, I read "Credo for Today" by the same author. It was so well written and so amazingly helpful to me spiritually and in my research for the book I am writing, that I sought out my next read by Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. "Jesus of Nazareth" won out among many interesting contenders. Although I am very pleased to have read it; and, will find it useful when writing my book; it was considerably less moving and inspiring than "Credo for Today". Having said that, I do recommend "Jesus of Nazareth" for those making 'a daily conscience effort' in their own spiritual journey. I am excited to have found, what I consider to be, a truly gifted and divinely inspired writer; and, look forward to reading more of his work.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader of many books by Cardinal Ratzinger, now pope Benedict. His approach to theological, social, and cultural issues of today is very closely aligned with my own, and in his works I find a very insightful foundation for the intellectual exploration of those issues. However, compared to most other books that he authored, this one comes across very differently. This is a much more personal and accessible account of the person and life of Jesus of Nazareth. Scholarly understanding is still there, but it is somewhat pushed to the background and given way to the more immediate access to the founder of Christian faith. In the light of that, it is perhaps best to understand this book as an extended homily. One of the main themes of this homily is a reaffirmation of orthodox understanding of Jesus Christ. There is a whole cottage industry of books that try to undermine this view of Jesus, and the pope would have none of it. This book was started before Benedict became the pope, and he continued the work on it during the first two years of his pontificate. It is inspiring and admirable to see such a sharpness of mind in an octogenarian. The book, however, has been without the inclusion of the passion and infancy narratives. The pope has expressed a hope to be able to finish those parts as the time permits. We can all hope that God gives him strength and good health in the years to come, so we can be enriched for yet another spiritual gem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a good believer, but . . . I¿ve been a doubter most of my life. Benedict came close to entrapping me. The only thing that saved me was I knew I was dealing with the world¿s macro-genius of theology. Yet, although I did not come away as a believer, I did come away with a profound respect for this good man who so many accept as the Vicar of Christ on earth. If you like pope-books, try also John Cornwell¿s `The Pope in Winter¿, a wonderful record of the ups and downs of John Paul II. Also, for an eye-opener, get your fingers on Lucien Gregoire¿s `White Light Dark Night¿ a newly released biog of another of Benedict¿s predecessors, the 33-day Pope. We¿ve heard too much of his death. Finally someone brings John Paul I back to life: his struggles as an impoverished child, as a rebellious seminarian, as a revolutionary priest and as an outspoken bishop/cardinal. John Paul I had a very different definition of `Jesus of Nazareth¿ than did either of his successors.
HoeneSpringsMike More than 1 year ago
Although I am not finished with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's treatment of the life of Jesus, I can say that I am impressed with his broad knowledge on the life and exegesis of Jesus' teachings , Benedict's broad sources of material and the subtle way Benedict presents evidence of Jesus' special relationship with the job He was entrusted to by his Father. This is not light reading and should not be attempted by the neophite when it comes to theological subjects nor should it be read simply by Catholics who want to expand their knowledge of Catholic disciple and/or doctrine. It especially should not be read by enemies of Catholicism who are looking for leaky arguments in support of the Catholic faith: Both will be disappointed! Benedict takes a very sterile view of presenting the facts as they stand with little bias towards any Christian view. In fact, he attempts more often than not of presenting a universalistic view of the subject, making it highly acceptable to all readers, Christian or otherwise. BTW, I am a Baptist.
cm45 More than 1 year ago
I started Jesus of Nazareth and immediately realized this book was above my understanding. I did not know this study guide exhisted untill I stumbled upon it. It is well worth getting. Especially if you are a "normal lay person". It makes this book easier to understand. I highely recommend it. It is set up in questions answeres and topics for each chapter.
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BGNJ98 More than 1 year ago
Bought the book because I had enjoyed the audio book so much. The Pope is a very gifted writer
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dalethorn More than 1 year ago
I had a review prepared but Barnes & Noble cut it off midway.
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