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L'infanzia di Gesù by J. Ratzinger

L'infanzia di Gesù

by J. Ratzinger (Author)

Series: Jesus of Nazareth (book 3)

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This third and final volume of the Pope's bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life as a child.
Title:L'infanzia di Gesù
Authors:J. Ratzinger (Author)
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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI



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ENGLISH: My first Ratzinger's book has not been easy, even though it is a reading of only 144 pages. I had to make an effort to put myself at the author's level due to my lack of biblical knowledge. It is a continuous bombardment of data that can be overwhelming. At times you feel Ratzinger is speaking to an audience very versed in the Bible. A spectrum you may not belong to and it can be frustrating. Once you stop obsessing about understanding everything instantly, the reading becomes fluid and enjoyable.
But it worths it. In the end, you solve many biblical gaps. Those childhood stories of Jesus that seemed myths are clarified and take their true dimension. The continuous analogies with the Old Testament make your global vision of the Bible clearer.
Ratzinger engages in an internal debate with modern exegetes who doubt the veracity of certain biblical passages. Ratzinger's defense is firm, reasonable and honest. I miss an analysis about the birth date of Christ: December, spring? But perhaps it lacks theological relevance.
One of the things I like most about Ratzinger is that, when you immerse yourself in his work, an amazing theology is uncovered. Citing some examples: the mystery of "Titulus Crucis", Christ as "dominator of the cosmos" , debate grace-freedom, Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament promises, theology of the Annunciation, and so on.
But in addition to the great details, Ratzinger sees the small. I would highlight the scary countenance, of a whole Roman governor like Pontius Pilate, before the meekness of the Man-God. And the surprising maturity of a twelve year old boy after his presentation at the Temple. Only Ratzinger could bring to light these beautiful details.

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ESPAÑOL: Mi primer Ratzinger no ha sido fácil, a pesar de que se trata de una lectura de sólo 144 páginas. He tenido que hacer un esfuerzo para ponerme al nivel del autor debido a mi carencia de conocimientos bíblicos. Es un bombardeo continuo de datos que puede resultar abrumador. Por momentos sientes que está hablando a un público muy versado en la Biblia. Un espectro al que no perteneces y puede resultar frustrante. Una vez que dejas de obsesionarte por comprenderlo todo al instante, la lectura se hace fluida y amena.
Pero merece la pena. Al final, resuelves muchas lagunas bíblicas. Esos relatos de la infancia de Jesús que parecían mitos, se esclarecen y cobran su verdadera dimensión. Las continuas analogías con el Antiguo Testamento, hacen que tu visión global de la Biblia sea más clara.
Ratzinger entabla un debate interno con los exégetas modernos que dudan de la veracidad de ciertos pasajes bíblicos. La defensa de Ratzinger es firme, razonable y honesta. Echo en falta un análisis sobre la fecha de nacimiento de Cristo ¿Diciembre, primavera? Pero quizás carece de relevancia teológica.
Una de las cosas que más me gustan de Ratzinger es que, cuando te sumerges en su obra, se destapa una teología sorprendente. Por citar algunos ejemplos: el misterio del "Titulus Crucis", Cristo como "dominador del cosmos", debate gracia-libertad, Cristo como cumplimiento de las promesas del Antiguo Testamento, teología de la Anunciación, etc.
Pero además de los grandes detalles, Ratzinger ve lo pequeño. Me quedo con el semblante asustadizo, de todo un gobernador romano como Pilato, ante la mansedumbre del Hombre-Dios. Y la sorprendente madurez de un Niño de doce años tras su presentación en el Templo. Sólo Ratzinger podría sacar a la luz estos hermosos detalles.

Más opinión en esta entrada de mi blog. ( )
  jesuserro | Jan 9, 2020 |
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.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Aug 2, 2018 |
Summary: A study of the gospel accounts of the annunciations, the infancy, and boyhood of Jesus of Nazareth.

I read this over the Christmas holiday and found this a wonderful study on the narratives surrounding the birth of Christ. The work, by Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) combines careful scholarship with devotional reflectiveness that evidences deep reflections on the details of these gospel texts in Matthew, Luke, and John. What follows are some of the details I had either not noticed or thought about in the ways Benedict describes.

The work is the final volume in the Pope's Jesus of Nazareth series. He begins with the question of the identity of this infant, posed in John 19:9 by Pilate. He notes the differing geneologies of Matthew and Luke and their purposes emphasizing the fulfillment of the Abrahamic and Davidic promise, and Luke's which emphasizes the one who represents all of humanity. One lovely detail was the focus on the four women in Matthew's geneology, none of whom were Jewish and all considered "sinners" yet through them came this child,

The second part covers the annunciation narratives, comparing and contrasting them. I had not thought before of John's descent from a priestly line, the forerunner of a new priesthood inaugurated in Jesus. I also appreciated the focus on Mary's response of seeking understanding, holding the word in her heart, and her "yes" to God. Benedict suggests that in one sense, she conceived this child through her ear, taking in Gabriel's (and the Lord's) word. Benedict also affirms the historicity of the virgin birth and links this to the resurrection as the two great miracles of Christianity.

Benedict then turns to the actual birth of Jesus and his presentation in the temple. Again, his attention to small, yet meaningful details struck me: the manger for the one who would be our bread, our food, the birth of the son of David among shepherds, and the angelic announcement. Benedict translates "men of good will" as "those with whom God is pleased," which he connects to the Father's statement about his beloved Son, with whom he is "well pleased."

The last portion focuses on the visit of the Magi and the flight to Egypt. He discusses their identity and the star. He then makes the observation that the star (or confluence of heavenly bodies) brought the Magi to Jerusalem but they needed the scriptures, God's revelation, to help them find the child in Bethlehem.

This short work ends with an epilogue discussing Jesus remaining behind in the temple as a twelve year old. Benedict observes the reply to Mary's "your father and I were looking for you." Jesus says, "didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house." Even here is a hint of his divine-human awareness, that it is God and not Joseph who is his father. Benedict goes on to discuss the idea that Jesus must be there--a sense of his mission, and a foreshadowing of the other "musts" that would take him to the cross.

While Benedict shows his awareness of the biblical scholarship and discussions around these texts, he does not allow scholarship to overtake theological reflection on the finer details of the text. One has the sense of being invited to stop and take a closer look with him, a look that leads to wonder and joy, which Benedict would observe is a good translation of the word for "Hail!" As I write, the season of Christmas has not yet passed. And even if you cannot read it this year, then have it on hand for next Christmas. ( )
1 vote BobonBooks | Jan 2, 2018 |
On my list to read!!
  April44 | Feb 7, 2016 |
When I read this booklet over Christmas 2012, I thought multiple times that the author was willing to drop the towel. Presenting the numerous inconsistencies in the accounts about Jesus' birth and youth, Benedict XVI at multiple times has to opt for a Deus ex machina. While the inconsistencies point towards other interpretations, Benedict has only the weak claim of dogma. It is so because it says so (or has been interpreted so). At the core, theology is not scientific and also only vaguely related to the humanities. A system of belief is at its heart incomprehensible with reason. This realization might have broken Inspecteur Javert's heart and mind. He might no longer have been willing to live with the inconsistency. ( )
  jcbrunner | Feb 28, 2013 |
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Even to those who think themselves familiar with these texts [the Gospels of Matthew and Luke], every page of Jesus of Nazareth will present some pearl of great value, something that should have been obvious but that has been passed over in haste or inattention.
added by sgump | editWall Street Journal, Anthony Esolen (Dec 17, 2012)
There you have it: According to Benedict XVI, humility and joy are core tests for Christian authenticity. Let the conversation begin about whether those two qualities are actually characteristic of Catholic life in the early 21st century.

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