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Jesus of Nazareth | [Pope Benedict XVI]

Jesus of Nazareth

In this bold, momentous work, the pope, in his first book written as Benedict XVI, 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 incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.
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In this bold, momentous work, the pope, in his first book written as Benedict XVI, 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 incites 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: 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."

©2007 Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Citta del Vaticano and RCS Libri S.p.A., Milan. English translation ©2007 Doubleday. Translated from the German by Adrian J. Walker; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Gerard Bensalem, PA, USA 07-08-07
    Gerard Bensalem, PA, USA 07-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Insights"

    This book offers great insights into familiar Gospel accounts and concepts. The book should be of interest to anyone (Catholic and non-Catholic alike) who wants to learn more about Jesus as he is found in the Sacred Scriptures.

    It may be helpful to know that the Foreward and Introduction are somewhat academic and some listeners may find them a little dry. Once you get into the first chapter of the book, however, it becomes very interesting and easier to follow.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Prescotttom 06-22-07
    Prescotttom 06-22-07 Member Since 2003
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    "A View That Everybody Should See"

    I found this book to be read by a master. He knows his subject well and the telling of the person of Jesus is made crystal clear.
    The author, using references from the old and new testaments as well as from Fathers of the Church and prominent scholars takes the reader back to the time of Jesus. The reader is at times awe-struck by the newness of the person of Jesus. Old beliefs that have been accepted with no passion now come alive. The voices ofthe prophets and saints who point to the truth of Jesus are loud and clear.
    This book is not only interesting but intriguing as well. A book that I will ponder for many years. Don't miss it.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    AnnaH Lakewood, OH United States 07-12-07
    AnnaH Lakewood, OH United States 07-12-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great Content Beautifully Narrated"

    This book brought Jesus to life in a compelling new way for me. It is a book that is more comprehendable in listening to it aloud -- I had the feeling that I was sitting at a wonderful teacher's feet in much the same way that Jesus' disciples did 2000 years ago. The reader in the audioversion did a remarkable job of capturing Benedict's gentle persona. I have since ordered the printed copy of Jesus of Nazareth to be able to reread in further depth.

    A previous reviewer's comment (gentle warning) about the dry and academic character of the introduction is very helpful. I almost didn't get through it thinking it was going to be well beyond me but am very glad I did. The book came more alive with fresh insight on each new page.

    Highly recommended!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    steve westland, MI, United States 03-21-08
    steve westland, MI, United States 03-21-08
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    "a must read for Protestans and Catholics!"

    As a non-Catholic but a Bible believing Christian I found this scholarly but understandable work one of the finest works of Biblical explanations of Christ Our Savior. I sincerely request all non-Catholic readers to look into this book. It will open insights to the scriptures you never knew existed.

    For non-Christians, especially our Jewish Brethren, The Pope goes through over 100 pages of the Torah and discusses what the Historical Jesus has to say towards the Jewish People. An Amazing Chapter!

    Two THUMBS WAY UP!!!!!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Gemborys 05-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Well Done"

    I've read (listened) to over 100 audible books over the years and this particular one is hands down the ablsolute best. The narration is excellent and the content is incredible. Pope Benedict XVI is very approachable in his writing style. His insights are absolute gems. I've studied the scripture quite a bit however he brings a "newness" to my understanding. I am really looking forward to Audible's release of the 2nd part of this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 08-10-07
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 08-10-07 Member Since 2007

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    "To know the man."

    Pope Benedict has written a book that clearly teaches the Catholic Church's beliefs about Jesus of Nazarath. He presents the churches orthodox teaching about the True God-True Man - Jesus of Nararath. He provides an historical context for this teaching, both within the larger Judio-Christian traditions, but also within the historical framework needed to understand the person of Jesus.

    Furthermore, he has written in a language and style that doesn't require a PhD in Theology. His book not only accurately and clearly teaches the churches doctrine and belief in Jesus as True God and True Man, he has, as I believe, he has in all his books written a spiritual treasure, that will bring the faithful not only to a deeper understanding of their faith, but brings us to a personal encounter with Jesus.

    Highly recommended.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew MASPETH, NY, United States 08-07-11
    Andrew MASPETH, NY, United States 08-07-11
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    "Great for Strengthening Your Faith"

    What an incredible book! I never thought some form of literature could edify my faith so much as this book. Pope Benedict XVI answers some of the most difficult and challenging questions of today's day and age with such grace, and such provoking insight. I'm re-reading it a second time to take notes to hopefully be able to understand some of its points a bit more clearly. Nonetheless, I believe!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Los Altos, CA, USA 08-01-07
    Tim Los Altos, CA, USA 08-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "insightfully reflective"

    The new book by Pope Benedict is a thoughtful work that, once heard, offers insight into both biblical passages and their meaning that makes even familiar parables like the Good Samaritan appear fresh and vital for today. Not a light listen to undertake while doing other things simultaenously, but a work which offers great perspective into the Pope and his view on the Bible for those willing to reflect. Definitely not for Catholics alone.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Roy McKenzie 03-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A poor sinner"

    Pope Benedict XVI is a genius, this book is 100,000 miles deep yet understandable by this poor half witted sinner.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan South Bend, IN, USA 07-14-07
    Ryan South Bend, IN, USA 07-14-07
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    "Simply Awesome"

    This powerful work refocuses the Church on her central mission -- preaching Christ. Make the purchase!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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