Jesus: A Pilgrimage

Jesus: A Pilgrimage

by James Martin


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ISBN-13: 9780062024244
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 49,009
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared on all the major networks, and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Is Jesus? 1

Chapter 1 Pilgrims 16

Chapter 2 Yes: "How can this be?" 26

Chapter 3 Bethlehem: "She gave birth to her firstborn son." 51

Chapter 4 Nazareth: "Jesus increased in wisdom and in years." 70

Chapter 5 Jordan: "Do you come to me?" 96

Chapter 6 Rejection: "Is not this the carpenter?" 114

Chapter 7 Galilee: "And immediately they left their nets and followed him." 130

Chapter 8 Immediately: "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?" 144

Chapter 9 Gennesaret: "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" 156

Chapter 10 Happy: "Rejoice and be glad." 167

Chapter 11 Capernaum: "They removed the roof above him." 182

Chapter 12 Parables: "He began to teach them many things in parables." 195

Chapter 13 Storms: "Teacher, do you not care?" 224

Chapter 14 Gerasa: "Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones." 240

Chapter 15 Tabgha: "And all ate and were filled." 255

Chapter 16 Bethesda: "There is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes." 274

Chapter 17 Jericho "He was trying to see who Jesus was." 289

Chapter 18 Bethany: "Take away the stone." 312

Chapter 19 Jerusalem: "Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet." 331

Chapter 20 Gethsemane: "He threw himself on the ground and prayed." 354

Chapter 21 Golgotha: "Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last." 369

Chapter 22 Risen: "Jesus said to her, 'Mariam!'" 395

Chapter 23 Emmaus: "Their eyes were kept from recognizing him." 422

Chapter 24 Tiberias: "Do you love me?" 443

Chapter 25 Amen 458

Questions for Personal Reflection or Reading Groups 467

Acknowledgments 477

Notes 481

Bibliography 511

For Further Exploration 517

Index 521

About the Author 537

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Jesus: A Pilgrimage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! It is a very easy read and gives depth, background, and life to the biblical stories we are so used to hearing. It makes you connect or reconnect with Jesus. I also love the personal stories that Father James seemlessly integrates into the text. It makes the book interesting without taking away from the main focus of the text - Jesus.
mkbrsm More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to everyone. Father James Martin is one of my favorite spiritual writers. He is very easy to read, very down to earth.
GeorgiMA More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read. Martin integrates research, travel, gospel and personal observations beautifully. I read it first on iBooks then bought a hard copy just to have it to hold in my hands, to reread it and to lend it to others.
CMBLA More than 1 year ago
For younger, older, well educated or beginners in scripture study, this is a great book for all. Can be read straight through or by selection of a given chapter for the time of year. Complete with thoughtful questions, helps for prayer, examples of pilgrimaging even from your chair.
Croz More than 1 year ago
Very readable with some lovely insights that give you something to think about as you ponder the life and times of Jesus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would you like to take a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a personal guide who has significant insights on Jesus and about the places involving Him? You can do so by reading James Miller’s Jesus, A Pilgrimage published in 2014. He vividly describes such locations as Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Gethsemane and Golgotha. Seeing the physical locations created profound moments of Miller reflecting that Jesus had seen them. They also allowed the writer to better understand the Gospel. The book's 422 pages address the sometimes inconsistent parts of the four Gospels dealing with what happened at each location. He compares Gospel coverage, such as Bartimaeus being the only recipient of a miracle whose name is given in the three Synoptic Gospels. He uses information from archeological digs and other sources to supply details not provided by the Gospels. Nazareth excavations have not yet revealed a building that could have been a synagogue where early in his ministry Jesus upset the people he had known all his earthly life. The town was then small and poor, and an outdoor courtyard could have served as the place of worship. Miller also poses questions beyond what is now available from the above sources. One area is the eighteen or so years after Jesus at age twelve in Jerusalem amazed religious leaders with his wisdom. Those hidden years are a fertile ground in which to ponder possibilities of what happened to Jesus to further prepare him for his public ministry of about three years. Another question is where he lived after his hometown drove him away when he claimed to be the Messiah. A goal is to see things from the perspective of those interacting with Jesus. It is like you are traveling with the author as he frames settings and shares his ideas about Jesus. This book sets forth Miller’s views and is thus different than other commentaries on Jesus. While this results in some sermons, most are good ones in my opinion. Miller presents Jesus as both human and Devine, which considers to be a mystery to be pondered rather than solved. It is important to use one's faith and reason when reading Scripture to fully understand it. Jesus' resurrection received special analysis by the author. It is interesting that women were the first to see that Jesus had risen and to believe it. The men had scattered after the arrest. Mary of Magdalene did not recognize His risen state until He stated her name. Peter did not believe even when looking at the empty tomb, and he went home. On Jesus' instructions, Mary follows Peter to tell him of what Jesus told her. She is thus an Apostle to the Apostles. Yet Peter is exalted with a dominant tower at the Vatican and in other ways while Mary is barely recognized over the centuries by the churches. Miller argues that a form of resurrection can come from dying to despair and various other aspects of ourselves that need to change and then finding our better selves. The change can come at unexpected times and in ways that are very personal. We are dealing with a living God who confounds expectations. Such findings usually increase joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT Virtual Travelogue If you are planning on going to the Holy Land, and want to get a flavor.... If you have gone to want to relive the memories.... or if you are just interested in the lands where Jesus lived and traveled, this is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. Fr. James Martin SJ recounts his travel, including the geographic experience and ties it to the Gospel accounts. A GREAT book for preparing, reliving, or just enjoying a virtual experience of traveling in the Holy Land. I read the segment on the Crucifixion/Resurrection narratives over Holy Week/Easter Week, and it made the Gospel passages come alive. Read this book for an experience of bringing the Gospels alive!
iaijohn More than 1 year ago
Jesus asked, "Who do people say I am?" In his book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Father Martin explores the Holy Land and who Jesus was through the question, how was Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. He points out that looking at Jesus as a man is a stumbling block for many. Yet we need to see Jesus within the context of his time to fully understand all that Jesus was and what he said. The author went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with George a close friend and fellow Jesuit. Together they drove to the various places Jesus went during his life and eventual death. Father Martin points out that ideally the trip would follow the sequence of events of Jesus life from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem. But to save time the more direct geographical route was chosen and Nazareth was in the middle of their pilgrimage. The author gives a detailed personal description of the Holy Land, its people and history. They visited and a number of religious communities. Those they stayed with told stories about Jesus and help to put the life of Jesus into historical perspective. In particular, the family of Jesus is discussed and how they all fit into history. At various points in the narrative Father Martin discusses the way the Gospels are written with different audiences in mind. From this he paints a picture of the people of that land, at that time. Thus a historical perspective is achieved. The book proceeds from place to place and event to event in the life of Jesus. A rich tapestry of detail about the people, places and situation is revealed. The author combines history with theology to show how they are related and flow from each other. If you like history and theology this detailed book will be of interest to you.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
A great book that takes you right along with James Martin SJ to the Holy Land and the places any pilgrim would want to visit---great tie-in with the Gospel stories and great insight into the life of Jesus and his disciples. Well done!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reading was very enjoyable. Loved this book. Excited to make the journey my self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written and interesting book about a trip to the Holy Land and interesting information about the life of Jesus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly a great read. It is full of insight but grounded by humor. Even if you are not a Christian, you should enjoy this book. It is a travel book with a message!
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If you have ever wanted to go to the holy land, then read this book! Fr. Martin is his usual captivating guide and you will see this in a whole new view. Thank you!
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Very good book
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The book just described the way Christians should approach the Holy Land.