Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism to the Transfiguration
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: 2008-09-30
Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism to the Transfiguration is an essential book for any student of faith, history, and philosophy. This book offers a rigorous scholarly approach and passionate insight into the life and legacy of Jesus Christ.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI weaves together faith with scholarship, offering meaningful truths about Jesus’ life, ministry and through his compassionate lens as a faithful pastor. This comprehensive guide will present a thoughtful investigation on who was the Messiah - Jesus of Nazareth.
This book is an indispensable resource that invites faithful readers to both grapple with ancient truths while reflecting on modern-day insights, all through Benedict XVI’s piercing reflections. It offers an exceptional intellectual opportunity to all readers looking for meaningful, scholarly analysis on Jesus of Nazareth.
Originally a liberal theologian, he adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions, including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He strengthened the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s.
I read this book during Lent this year. Though it has many scholarly components to it, this book felt, to me, like curling up with my professor grandfather. Pope Benedict uses imagery that’s accessible and even, in places, unexpected. I’ll be digesting and referring back to this book for quite some time to come.
Brilliant, insightful, and profound. Each chapter is packed with so many truths upon which to ponder and reflect. It is impossible to read without growing in understanding and a deeper sort of knowledge. Pope Benedict XVI is truly one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Highly recommended!
Pope Benedict provides the ultimate dissection of the bible with this 3 book series, as he makes brilliant connections between the old and the new testaments. As he states, the focus of his entire work is to vividly answer the question “Who is Jesus of Nazareth?” The answer is much more involved than you might think!
Probably the only frustrating part of the book occurs whenever Benedict gives time to the theories of other exegetes, of a liberal persuasion. But there is a payoff--- he does this to inevitably to explain how their theories are misguided and wrong. This leads to my favorite line in the book: “Here, theory predominated over listening to the text [Scripture].” In other words, Benedict is saying in a heroically humble and gentle way that these crazy liberals don’t even bother referencing the Bible to support their theories.
My favorite section of the book was definitely the area on Jesus’s temptations in the desert, and how each of them teaches a valuable lesson to us – how each temptation is emblematic of very broad, very pervasive temptations that we all experience.
These books are an absolute treasure!