Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI
The Infancy Narratives

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Even to those who think themselves familiar with these texts, every page of "Jesus of Nazareth" will present some pearl of great value.
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Synopsis

New York Times Bestseller! The momentous third and final volume in the Pope’s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing how the stories of Jesus’ infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago.
 
In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary. This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child. Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.


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About Pope Benedict XVI

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On April 19, 2005, CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER was elected POPE BENEDICT XVI and became the 264th successor to Peter as the "Vicar of Jesus Christ." He may well be the most accomplished theologian to be elected Pope in modern times. Beginning in 1981 he spent over 20 years as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a role often depicted as the "defender of the faith." Cardinal Ratzinger was also President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the Preparatory Commission that codified the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church," published in 1994. 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.
 
Published November 21, 2012 by Image. 144 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Anthony Esolen on Dec 16 2012

Even to those who think themselves familiar with these texts, every page of "Jesus of Nazareth" will present some pearl of great value.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pat Anthony on Dec 15 2012

Although the Pope did not announce sweeping changes for the Catholic Church, he did point out information . . . some may not have considered in the past.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Alessandro Speciale on Nov 21 2012

Drawing on the work of other scholars, most of them fellow Germans, Benedict uses the new book to tackle some of the most controversial themes of Christian tradition.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Miller on Nov 22 2012

While it is certainly true at around 130 pages this is a much shorter book than his first two books in this series I find this to be my favorite of them.

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Catholic Culture.org

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Mirus on Dec 06 2012

An excellent place to start for anyone who wants to sample what the Pope has to offer.

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The Catholic World Report

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Brumley on Nov 30 2012

It illustrates the two big problems with much media coverage.

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National Catholic Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by John L. Allen on Nov 25 2012

Even here in Rome the book hasn’t been a sensation, largely because it doesn’t contain that one thunderclap passage.

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The Tablet

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicholas King on Dec 18 2012

Its greatest merit is that it is in dialogue with the first two chapters of the gospels of Matthew and Luke, and with contemporary biblical scholarship.

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Rapid City Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Rapid City Journal on Nov 24 2012

Benedict blends history, theology, linguistics and even astronomy.

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Time Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Sorcha Pollak on Nov 22 2012

Even if animals did not feature at the birth, the Vatican seems happy to keep up the myth as it presents an elaborate life-size Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square this Christmas.

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Good
Reviewed by Brad Miner on Nov 21 2012

What a blessing to sit at the feet of so great a teacher.

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