Jesus of Nazareth

ISBN-10: 0385523416
ISBN-13: 9780385523417
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Description: “This book is…solely an expression of my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord’ (Ps 27:8).” In this bold, momentous work, the Pope—in his first book written as Benedict XVI—seeks to rescue the “Jesus” of recent “popular” depictions and to  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 5.30" wide x 7.80" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

“This book is…solely an expression of my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord’ (Ps 27:8).” In this bold, momentous work, the Pope—in his first book written as Benedict XVI—seeks to rescue the “Jesus” of 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, and tactile portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith. FromJesus 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.”

Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in 1939 and in 1943 along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In 1944 he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of 1945 Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrived at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time. Following his release he re-entered the seminary. In 1951 Joseph was ordained into the priesthood and began lectures as a full professor of fundamental theology at the University of Bonn. From 1962-65 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, or chief theological advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. . In 1977 Joseph Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on June 27 elevated to Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI. In 1981 Ratzinger accepted Pope John Paul II's invitation to take over as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in 1986 he was appointed head of a 12-member commission responsible for drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals in 1988. In 2002 Pope John Paul II, approved his election as dean of the College of Cardinals. On April 8, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II. On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Bishop of Rome on the fourth ballot of the conclave and took the name Benedict XVI.

Introduction : an initial reflection on the mystery of Jesus
The baptism of Jesus
The temptations of Jesus
The gospel of the kingdom of God
The Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes
The Torah of the Messiah
The Fourth Commandment : the family, the people, and the community of Jesus' disciples
Compromise and prophetic radicalism
The Lord's Prayer
The disciples
The message of the parables
The nature and purpose of the parables
Three major parables from the Gospel of Luke
The principal images of John's Gospel
Introduction : the Johannine question
The principal Johannine images
Two milestones on Jesus' way : Peter's confession and the transfiguration
Jesus declares his identity
The Son of Man
The Son
"I Am"

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