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Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration (2007)

by Pope Benedict XVI

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In his first book written as pope, Benedict XVI offers a portrait of Jesus based on the Gospels and encourages Christians to better understand the central figure of their faith.
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Beautifully written and full of insights. I could read it 10 more times and I hope I will over the course of my life. ( )
  daeverett | May 27, 2020 |
ENGLISH: On May 2000, the Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - read for the world the mysterious Third Secret of Fatima. The text - confusing and full of dream images - was subjected to Ratzinger's relentless criteria. Only then, it made sense and was consistent with the doctrine. At that moment, I knew I would read this man. Observing the figure of Christ under the prism of this privileged mind, was tempting. Thus I arrived at this book.

The book is a beautiful and deep analysis of the public life of Jesus. It is the second volume belonging to the trilogy about the life of Christ:
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400 pages divided into 10 chapters. I took more than 40 citations in Goodreads. The relevant historical facts of Jesus' public life are described, as well as the core of his message.

As a good chess player, Ratzinger opens the game by clearly and firmly positioning his pieces, his exegetical criteria. His interpretation of the "historical Jesus" is based on trust in the Gospels. It allows the deployment of all the potential of the word. It doesn't imprison the word in the historical context. In this way, the bible shines like a homogeneous body, becomes authentic and flows into a single coherent image of Jesus Christ.

Ratzinger is able to reveal wide evangelical layers. From a high theology - almost metaphysical - to the more human behaviors of the disciples. For example, the description of the theophanic experiences of the Apostles is marvelous. You can also find amazing details of the figure of Christ, such as an adventurous and nature-loving Jesus who takes his disciples on a trip - to what is now the Hermon Nature Reserve - in the episode of Peter's Confession.

Do you want to meet Christ? This book is for you. Do you need hope in your life? Ratzinger will clarify the message of Christ to flourish your faith in you and others. Do you like mystery? You will find fascinating episodes in the public life of Jesus, worthy of a sci-fi movie: the Transfiguration, the Miraculous Fishing and Walking on the Waters. Are you fan of the Bible? The book is full of references and biblical relationships that will clarify your understanding. Fan of literature? You will find good book references here. Do you like prayer? You will find a complete study of the main Christian prayers. Do you love allegorical language and parables? An extensive analysis of them is made. In addition, there is an entire chapter dedicated to the Gospel of John and its characteristic images.

In addition to historical events, the book holds other surprises. Ratzinger uncovers a theology that, from Christ, connects with our daily reality. That is, the book can also serve as spiritual self-help. In this sense, chapter 3 "The Gospel of the Kingdom" is very instructive. We ourselves can identify our miseries in the explanation of the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.

It is the mystery of the figure of Jesus. His message is still close, moving and universal. It has survived the power of emperors and Kings, with something as seemingly weak as faith and love. It answers the questions of today's man. It has overcome myths, teachers and sages. Ratzinger explains the novelties introduced by Christianity. And he protects Christianism from liberal theology, that tries to adapt the message of Christ to his own needs.

More opinion on this post in my blog.


ESPAÑOL: En Mayo del 2000, el Prefecto de la Doctrina de la Fe – Cardenal Joseph Ratzinger – leía ante el mundo el misterioso Tercer Secreto de Fátima. El texto – confuso y repleto de imágenes oníricas – fue sometido al implacable criterio de Ratzinger. Sólo entonces cobraba sentido y resultaba coherente con la doctrina. En aquel momento supe que leería a este hombre. Observar la figura de Cristo bajo el prisma de esta mente privilegiada, era tentador. Así llegué a esta obra.

El libro es un bello y profundo análisis de la vida pública de Jesús. Es el segundo tomo perteneciente a la trilogía sobre la vida de Cristo:
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El segundo [b:Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration|82405|Jesus of Nazareth From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration|Benedict XVI|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1442015549l/82405._SY75_.jpg|718484]
El tercero [b:Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection|9488716|Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection|Benedict XVI|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1348281523l/9488716._SY75_.jpg|14374159].
400 páginas divididas en 10 capítulos. He podido recoger más de 40 citas en Goodreads. Se describen los hechos históricos relevantes de la vida pública de Jesús, así como el núcleo de su mensaje.

Como un buen ajedrecista, Ratzinger abre la partida posicionando de forma clara y firme sus piezas, su criterio exegético. Su interpretación del Jesús histórico está basada en la confianza en los Evangelios. Permite el despliegue de toda la potencialidad de la palabra. No la aprisiona en el momento histórico. De este modo, la biblia brilla como un cuerpo homogéneo, cobra auténtico sentido y desemboca en una única imagen coherente de Jesucristo.

Ratzinger es capaz de revelar amplios registros evangélicos. Desde una teología elevada – casi metafísica – hasta los comportamientos más humanos de los discípulos. Por ejemplo, la descripción de las experiencias teofánicas de los Apóstoles es maravillosa. También puedes encontrar detalles sorprendentes de la figura de Cristo, como a un Jesús aventurero y amante de la naturaleza que lleva a sus discípulos de viaje – a lo que hoy es la Reserva Natural de Hermón – en el episodio de la Confesión de Pedro.

¿Quieres conocer a Cristo? Este libro es para ti. ¿Necesitas esperanza en tu vida? Ratzinger te aclarará el mensaje de Cristo para que florezca tu fe en ti y en los demás. ¿Te gusta el misterio? Encontrarás fascinantes episodios de la vida pública de Jesús, dignos de una película de ciencia ficción: la Transfiguración, la Pesca Milagrosa y Caminando sobre las Aguas. ¿Eres fan de la Biblia? El libro está plagado de referencias y relaciones bíblicas que clarificarán tu entendimiento. ¿Eres fan de la literatura? Encontrarás buenas referencias de libros aquí. ¿Te gusta la oración? Encontrarás un completo estudio de las principales plegarias cristianas. ¿Eres un enamorado del lenguaje alegórico y parábolas? Se hace un amplio análisis de ellas. Además hay un capítulo entero dedicado al Evangelio de Juan y sus imágenes características.

Además de acontecimientos históricos, el libro guarda otras sorpresas. Ratzinger destapa una teología que desde Cristo, entronca con nuestra realidad cotidiana. Es decir, el libro puede servirte también como auto ayuda espiritual. En este sentido, el capítulo 3 “El Evangelio del Reino” es muy instructivo. Uno puede identificar sus miserias en la explicación de la Parábola del Fariseo y el Publicano.

Es el misterio de la figura de Jesús. Su mensaje sigue siendo cercano, conmovedor y universal. Ha sobrevivido al poder de emperadores y reyes, con algo tan aparentemente débil como la fe y el amor. Responde a las preguntas del hombre de hoy. Ha superado mitos, maestros y sabios. Ratzinger explica las novedades introducidas por el cristianismo. Y lo protege de la teología liberal, que trata de adaptar el mensaje de Cristo a sus propias necesidades.

Más opinión en esta entrada de mi blog. ( )
  jesuserro | Jan 9, 2020 |
When Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005, he became the most accomplished theologian to ascend to the Papacy in several hundred years. Over the previous fifty years of his life he had written scores of theological works; even his critics have acknowledged his erudition and intellect. Accessible and illuminating, "Jesus of Nazareth" is an antidote to the academic search for the 'historical' Jesus. Written by an author who is not only the head of the Catholic Church but also a respected theologian in his own right, this book is full of insight, humility and honesty. The Pope has called Jesus of Nazareth, 'solely an expression of my personal search 'for the face of the Lord'. Everyone is free, then, to contradict me. I would only ask my readers for that initial willingness to sympathise, without which there can be no understanding'. The author's fundamental purpose in this book is to restore and renew 'the interior friendship with Jesus a figure that makes sense and feels right in historical terms'. An informative and insightful portrait of the figure that emerges in the Gospels, it is a deeply spiritual work that contends with the dramatic and provocative questions of faith. Important and valuable to those disillusioned by troubled times and in the wake of recent scepticism, "Jesus of Nazareth" will engage and provoke thought in anyone who seeks a relationship with God.

“This book is… my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord.’” —Benedict XVI

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.”
  tony_sturges | Oct 2, 2018 |
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  StFrancisofAssisi | Aug 2, 2018 |
Jesus of Nazareth is very scholarly work. Knowing a little of Ratzinger’s background and passion I expected nothing less. It is not the easiest read or organized in a smorgasbord fashion where you can pick, choose and skip. And I have to admit that I would not have been able to tackle it without having read a couple of other theology books first. Despite its academic structure, I couldn’t put it down and will read it again.

Ratzinger is concerned that many people have lost sight of Jesus’s true nature. That Jesus and his purpose have often been misconstrued or over simplified. Jesus’s image has been stripped down to that of a liberal rabbi or “moralist” who preaches “individualistic morality.” I have personally witnessed how this type of “impoverished” vision in family and friends has regrettably devolved into a form of secular relativism.

The purpose of Ratzinger’s book it is to help reveal Jesus’s true purpose and therein our own. His progression is both insightful and logical. He accomplishes this not only by drawing attention to the various foretellings and prefigures in the Old Testament but, more importantly, also through Jesus’s own words. He shows us Jesus’s personal prophetic recollections of the Old Testament and his foreshadowings.

I really valued his compassionate analysis of the “Our Father”. It is my favorite prayer and it means even more to me now that I understand it better.

Although it is a challenging read, I would recommend this powerful resource, just not as a first read. Familiarity with the bible and some theological background is necessary to comprehend the progression of logic. You don’t, however, have to be an expert. While I did have to look up a couple of terms, I didn’t have to read all the mentioned theologians’ theories to benefit from its underlying message. ( )
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