Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week
Publication Date: March 10, 2011
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Joseph Ratzinger's book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, is a pivotal resource for modern believers to help them understand and appreciate the life of Jesus Christ. In this highly engaging work, Pope Benedict XVI offers an insightful and informed examination of the biblical accounts of Jesus' story in order to help us create an authentic picture of Jesus' physical being, his motivations, and his place in the world we live in today. Through careful consideration and a commitment to accuracy, Ratzinger brings together a variety of perspectives from the theological realm to assemble a vivid picture of Christ's actions throughout his final days on earth.
This wonderful volume gives readers an opportunity to look more deeply into Jesus' daily life and provides reflections about the deeper implications for our own lives as well. This text will give you enlightened access to history and context that allows you to see how influential Jesus continues to be today by showing readers how new insights can be found within the pages of holy scriptures.
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week is an essential book for anyone interested in deepening their connection with God through learning more about his Son.
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!