Cap., Archbishop of Denver, "On the Day of Pentecost, Peter sought to explain to the assembled multitude what God had done through Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen. There is no Jewish blasphemy trial; Jesus is simply interrogated by the former high priest Annas. Here the pope displays courage for a Christian leader of his disposition and correctly concedes that what Matthew reports is not a "historical fact": the whole Jewish people, he argues, could not have foregathered outside Pilate's residence. Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, and no myth, revolutionary, or misunderstood prophet, insists Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. The quest for the historical Jesus, as conducted in mainstream critical exegesis in accordance with its hermeneutical presuppositions, lacks sufficient content to exert any significant historical impact. Obliged to make a critical choice, the pope judges the synoptic chronology erroneous and opts correctly for that of the fourth gospel. Who was responsible for his death? "What better guide could you find than Benedict XVI to lead you on the bracing adventure of exploring the historical Jesus and discovering, under the tutelage of this most sage successor to Peter, the inner meaning of Jesus‘ death and resurrection. Indeed, Benedict maintains that the evidence, fairly considered, brings us face-to-face with the challenge of Jesus--a real man who taught and acted in ways that were tantamount to claims of divine authority, claims not easily dismissed as lunacy or deception. Faith and reasonare the two wings Benedict XVI takes up to lead us to astonishingly fresh spiritual perspectives and dizzying heights. Benedict brings to his study the vast learning of a brilliant scholar, the passionate searching of a great mind, and the deep compassion of a pastor's heart. This is a splendid, penetrating study of the central figure of Christian faith; a learned and spiritual illumination not only of who Jesus was, but who he is for us today. –Pope Benedict XVI, "Working from Scripture, the Church Fathers and contemporary scholarship, Benedict XVI deftly brings together the historical and theological dimensions of the gospel portraits of Jesus. To get set up to place parish orders with Parish Access, contact your Parish Consultant or call Customer Service at 866-767-3155. Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, 2011, Foreword, pp. "Only in this second volume do we encounter the decisive sayings and events of Jesus' life . +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. He thinks that the best of historical scholarship, while it can't "prove" Jesus is the Son of God, certainly doesn't disprove it. By Geza Vermes, The Last Supper by Carducci Bartolome (1554-1608/10) Photograph: The Bridgeman Art Library, n 2007 Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI published the first volume of. The author explains, "I set out to discover the real Jesus, on the basis of whom something like a Christology from below would then become possible. One should add that the pope spoils the effect of his denial of general Jewish guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus by explaining the verse in Matthew as a "theological etiology" – an anticipated justification by Matthew of the terrible fate and total destruction the Jews brought on themselves by demanding Christ's execution. I was curious to see part two, which had to deal with the tricky topics of the Passion and Resurrection. But taking such liberties turns out to be costly: the denial of the last supper's paschal character flatly contradicts the clear mention of the feast in the synoptics and, further, clashes with the reference that Jesus and his party had sung the halleluiah psalms, "the hymn" concluding the Passover dinner, before they departed to Gethsemane. In a theologically mysterious way, the pope defines the resurrection as "a historical event that bursts open the dimensions of history and transcends it . Pope Benedict XVI is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. To detect, therefore, whether he shows any awareness of problematic issues, one must look at the pope's treatment of the conflicting chronologies of the Passion in the synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew and Luke) and in John. It is focused too much on the past for it to make possible a personal relationship with Jesus. . The facts are these. By leading the reader to discover this, us, Peter's Successor continues the ministry of strengthening the faith of the Church (Lk 22:32) so that all my come to "believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name" (Jn 20:31). And, most importantly, did Jesus really rise from the dead and what does his resurrection mean? For all men and women of all times, especially our own, who Jesus is and what He lived is set forth as entirely, us. By Fr. Cap., Archbishop of Denver A tougher challenge soon follows. Gospel experts, however, may note with pleasure that 200 years of labour has not been in vain and that small fragments of New Testament criticism seem to have penetrated the mighty stronghold of traditional Christianity. I hope that I have been granted an insight into the figure of Our Lord that can be helpful to all readers who seek to encounter Jesus and to believe in Him. the last and highest evolutionary leap". The story of Jesus raises many crucial questions. This book fulfills Pope Benedict's ardent desire - that it would "be helpful to all readers who seek to encounter Jesus and to believe in him. Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection Pope Benedict XVI For Christians, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, and who rose from the dead in triumph over sin and death. In 2007 Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI published the first volume of Jesus of Nazareth not just as a devotional book, a "personal search for the face of the Lord", but as one written in conformity with "the historical-critical method". "Working from Scripture, the Church Fathers and contemporary scholarship, Benedict XVI deftly brings together the historical and theological dimensions of the gospel portraits of Jesus. We are pleased to offer parish pricing on this item. Peter's successor, Benedict XVI, here undertakes the same urgent task, in fruitful dialogue with the historical-critical biblical scholarship that dominates contemporary academic study of Jesus. Benedict XVI presents this challenge in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, the sequel volume to Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration. "– Tim Gray, Ph.D., President , Augustine Institute The critics took exception to the book's rejection of the principal finding of the historical-critical school: the distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. For Christians, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, and who rose from the dead in triumph over sin and death. For all men and women of all times, especially our own, who Jesus is and what He lived is set forth as entirely for them, for us. Another quiet admission lurks in the evaluation of the resurrection testimonies. Who is to be blamed for the death of Jesus? Faith and reasonare the two wings Benedict XVI takes up to lead us to astonishingly fresh spiritual perspectives and dizzying heights. For Christians, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, and who rose from the dead in triumph over sin and death. This book often takes ones breath away, while infusing in the reader the God-breathed Word, which is the Gospel. ", , and Co-Director, Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue, "This theological masterpiece courageously confronts head-on two centuries of historical exegesis and establishes a fresh way of reading the Gospels as both biography and theology in a coherent way. The volume provoked, in the pope's words, a "predictable variety of reactions". But today's many disturbed seekers after religious truth – people who long for fresh knowledge, inspiration and intellectual stimulus – had better look elsewhere for spiritual help. Indeed, Benedict maintains that the evidence, fairly considered, brings us face-to-face with the challenge of Jesus--a real man who taught and acted in ways that were tantamount to claims of divine authority, claims not easily dismissed as lunacy or deception. Yet the chief priests, sticklers for legal minutiae, spend the whole night and day engaged in forbidden activities on a feast day. Charting the path of the new evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI uncovers for us the living source of Peter's evangelizing mission: Jesus, in whom God gives hope to the world. Instead of adopting the coherent story from John's gospel, he transfers the synoptic details that are missing from John, including the Jewish trial, to the day before Passover. Why was Jesus rejected by the religious leaders of his day? Fax: 815-895-0333 Just as Jesus' redemptive mission is universal, these reflections include every category of human being: for Jews, dialogue with the Old Testament; for Greeks (all seeking to know life's meaning), dialogue with reason; for Scripture scholars, approbation of truthful insights, and corrections to whatever obscures the apostolic witness to Jesus. Just as Jesus' redemptive mission is universal, these reflections include every category of human being: for Jews, dialogue with the Old Testament; for Greeks (all seeking to know life's meaning), dialogue with reason; for Scripture scholars, approbation of truthful insights, and corrections to whatever obscures the apostolic witness to Jesus.