Monday, October 13, 2014

Jesus of Nazareth - Pope Benedict XVI

Description:  In this bold, momentous work, Joseph Ratzinger--in his first book written since he became Pope--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 invites 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: What did Jesus actually bring, if not 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 formerly unveiled his countenance gradually first to Abraham, then to Moses and the Prophets, and then in the Wisdom Literature--the God who revealed 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, Isaac, and 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."

This book covers so many topics:
Ch 1 Baptism of Jesus
Ch 2 Temptation of Jesus
Ch 3 Gospel of the Kingdom of God
Ch 4 Sermon on the Mount
Ch 5 The Lords Prayer
Ch 6 The Disciples
Ch 7 Message of the Parables
Ch 8 Principal Images of John's Gospel
Ch 9 Peter's Confession and the Transfiguration
Ch 10 Jesus Declares His Identity

This is the first book written by Pope Benedict XVI (as Pope).  It was written back in 2007.  I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get to it, but please don't wait as long as I did to pick this up!  At 365 pages, this book isn't difficult or too long to read.  It is filled with great insight and can help you deepen your love, learn to love, or rediscover your love for Jesus.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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