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Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection PT. 2 (Jesus of Nazareth #2)

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As its title suggests, this book by Pope Benedict XVI, follows Jesus from his final arrival in Jerusalem to his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. This narrative raises a central question that the sitting pope contends must be answered by every Christian: Is the Nazarene the Son of God? Benedict answers that challenge with biblical insights and historical scholarship. T

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Published March 1st 2011 by Catholic Truth Society (London) (first published 2011)
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Joseph
As a Mormon, I was raised to think that we (Mormons) had the monopoly on truth. Though I've long since given up that idea (while retaining my Mormonism), I suppose there are some things so deeply ingrained in one's culture and upbringing that, no matter how one tries, will always seem to encumber one's train of thought. Reading this second installment of Pope Benedict's book on Jesus Christ was, I suppose as a consequence of my culture, a constant surprise: at every turn, it seems like Benedict ...more
Patrick
I've read a few "Jesus books" in my time. Outside of the Bible, this now ranks as the best of them. It's scholarly without being weasel-worded, and while not a Life of Christ in the strict sense, it's strewn with profound insights throughout. Among other things, I learned about the roots of the "High-Priestly Prayer," the significance of Jesus requisitioning a young donkey for his entrance into Jerusalem, the importance of salt, and the two traditional groups of Resurrection accounts.

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Jeff Miller
It does seem rather superfluous to review Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection on a Catholic blog. For my own mindset a new book written by the Pope, even if as a private theologian, is all the incentive I need. It’s not as if I need to wait to see reviews come in to decide to buy it. Especially since this book is a continuation of the first book in what the Pope hopes will be completed by a third book.

My advice would be simply to just buy it, borrow
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booklady
Chapter 4 may well be my most favorite chapter this second time, though I am fairly sure I glossed over it first go through as being 'too theological' or 'not so interesting' as some of the other chapters. Aren't we always most interested in things with which we can most easily relate? In Chapter 4, PBXVI asks the (presumed) Christian lay reader to stretch in three unfamiliar and potentially challenging directions: toward greater understanding of the ministerial priesthood, Jewish tradition, and ...more
Chris Hall
I was expecting great things from Pope Benedict XVI after reading the first part of this trilogy and I wasn't going to be disappointed. Let me just say that this book is excellent!

IF you haven't read it because you think it's a 'Catholic' book then I implore you to put down any prejudice and just read it. Benedict has written these books in such a way so they become open and personal to all Christians.

This book follows the ministry of Jesus during the Holy Week up to his crucifixion and resurrec
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Darryl
Pope Benedict's 'Jesus of Nazareth' is a testimony to a man who has spent his life learning about and loving God. This book will be one I turn to in the future when I want to reference the events of Holy Week.

Pope Benedict's understanding of Scriptures, the Church Fathers, and the History/tradition of the Church, gives competent understanding to the most important week in the history of the world.

Each important event in Holy Week is looked at, and various viewpoints from different exegetes
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Julie Davis
Wow. This is a book that I'll be going back to repeatedly. Such good insights into what Scripture really tells us and that is often glossed over. I also was impressed by how Ratzinger (because he wrote this as a personal project, not as Pope Benedict) always began by acknowledging what modern theology, science, and popular opinion would say about certain subjects ... before going on to unpack what is known and what can be reasonably assumed. His way of constantly bringing the material back to wh ...more
Fred Warren
This is the second part of Joseph Ratzinger’s three-volume opus on the life of Jesus. Like the first book, this isn’t Catholic dogma, and there’s no reason for Protestant readers to shy away from it. This series is a solid, well-researched, engagingly-written, and Biblically-focused examination of the life and person of Jesus, penned by an eminent theologian with a pastor’s heart. There’s probably a copy at your local library. Check it out.

This is a more challenging read than the first volume, m
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Carol
This book was read as a Lenten Devotional with discussions
featured by St Ignatious Press on Facebook. Pope Benedict
writes a book that is clear, easily understood and very
inspirational. It is a book I will definitely read again to
savor more deeply what the Pope wrote.
John
Just finished up this past week and the first thought that came to my mind was ... this felt like I was reading the book with Pope Emeritus Benedict sitting beside me 'coaching me' on it and explaining things to me in 'simple language' even though the concepts are very deep. He also brings many other 'scholarly' theologians to bear, if you will, on almost all the points/observations he brings forth. I think it has been mentioned that maybe this is his way of not trying to make his (expert) opini ...more
Matthew
This is one of the best books about Jesus I have ever read. I love the writings of Joseph Ratzinger and this one exceeded all my expectations. I highly recommend this book.
Rosa
Brilliant and beautiful!
Everyone should read this book! Just read it!
Paul
This is one of the best books I've ever read (I even read the glossary). Regardless of whether you agreed with his conservative pontificate or not, Pope Benedict XVI is a brilliant theologian whose works will be read for hundreds of years. Some excerpts:

"Only if Jesus is risen has anything really new occurred that changes the world and the situation of mankind. Then he becomes the criterion on which we can rely. For then God has truly revealed himself."

"It is faith that gives us the ultimate ce
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Naomi Young
I enjoyed this book, but reading it did point up to me that I've gotten unused to really demanding reading. Benedict writes lucidly, but with complex structure and vocabulary that are the absolute antithesis of my web-fed habits. I went through this book laboriously slowly, because I kept rereading some paragraphs to absorb them more deeply, and others because they were so beautiful I wanted to hear them out loud.

The scope of the book is covered in its subtitle. Gospel episodes that seemed fami
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Diana
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is one of the leading intellectuals of our time. I have read several of his books, and I found this one to be as intelligent, well written and insightful as the others. This book, however, surpasses the others, in that it sets forth the foundations of Catholicism, and, indeed, of all Christianity. Benedict meticulously explains Scriptural passages and their different levels of meaning, and he convincingly demonstrates how Jesus Christ fulfilled what the prophets foreto ...more
Bojan Tunguz
In "Jesus of Nazareth Part Two" Pope Benedict sets out to finish his reflections on the life and significance of Jesus of Nazareth. The fact that this second and final book covers "just" the last week or so of Jesus' earthly ministry is the reflection of the impact and importance of that one week, which culminated in crucifixion that was followed by the glorious resurrection. The amount of space that is devoted to the Holy Week also reflects the fact that the Gospels themselves allocate a signif ...more
Jason
I'm using this book as part of my Holy Week devotions - each chapter is devoted to one day (a couple of chapters for one day, 2x) during the Holy Week, and it has been a really good experience for me. Benedict is a biblical scholar through and through, and he writes this book as a historical survey of what the gospels and church tradition say about Jesus' activites during Holy Week, and how that speaks to us throughout history and today.

This book walks that perfect line between pastoral and sch
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Robert Federline
In this second book in the Pope's trilogy on the life of Jesus, and his historical, physical presence on the Earth. As with the first volume, a great effort is made to examine competing theories about exactly who Jesus was as a person.

Consistent with the prior work, the Holy Scriptures are the starting point. Pope Benedict proves that one need not abandon any belief in the Scriptural Jesus, as the Son of God, and how he is portrayed in the Gospels, in order to discover something about the man wh
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David Robertson
Jan 08, 2013 David Robertson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Christian
This is the second of the Pope's trilogy on the life of Jesus. I loved the first and this one is even better. I learnt so much from it - it is scholarly, devotional, biblical and Christ-centred. The section on Jesus saying 'this is my body' was particularly helpful to me. I am not a Roman Catholic and do not accept traditional catholic teaching on the mass - but what is said in this book makes a lot of sense and was personally very helpful to me. There is also one section where he teaches justif ...more
Leroy Seat
This is a very good Bible study of the Holy Week, and I enjoyed reading it. I thought one of the most helpful sections was the Epilogue, in which the Pope gave a very helpful explanation of the meaning of the Ascension. But the chapter on the Resurrection was quite good, too.

My main criticism, I guess, would be in what was not said. By that I mean that there is very little written about the relevance of the Bible's account(s) of the Holy Week to living in the "real world" today, at least nothing
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Luciana
Apr 20, 2012 Luciana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luciana by: Joseph Sweeney
I paused my other reading to read this for Holy week as a novena of sorts (It has 9 regular chapters and an epilogue on the Ascension and events following the Resurrection) since it covers the events of Holy week. Makes a great read anytime on insights into Holy Week events, but especially powerful to read at this time of year with the matching readings at Mass. (I read the epilogue even though liturgically we are not on those readings yet:) )
Got the wonderful idea (and borrowed the book) from m
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John Dembowski
Definitely an intellectual read. I felt that the epilogue really summed up the book well and provided some of the most amazing insights regarding Christ's Ascension. Pope Benedict's writing won't be fully absorbed and appreciated until several decades and generations into the future.
Bob Price
In this second volume, the Pope continues his magnificent work that he began in the original volume.

In this second volume, Pope Benedict (previously Cardinal Ratzinger) focuses his attention on Holy Week and the last actions of Jesus.

What is amazing about this book is the Pope's ability to not only engage with scholarship, but to engage with faith as well. Scholars such as N.T. Wright and J.Dunn are able to write wonderful scholarly books about Jesus, but their works do not build up one's faith
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Pat Murray
This is the completion of the Pope's exegesis on the life of Jesus Christ. This book deals exclusively on the Holy Week. I found this installment easier to read than the first one. He does not refer to different theologians as much as his first book did. There are times when you do get bogged down with the theology lesson, but he did bring it down to laymen's understanding throughout most of the book. I made this my project for the season of Lent this year. Perhaps in a few years I will re-read ...more
James
Rich and accessible reflections on Jesus' final week by the Pope. This book is conversant with historical critical scholarship, the theological tradition and patristic exegesis (the pope is a good scholar). At certain points I wish that he updated his exposure to protestant commentators. I mean, I'm glad he's read Barret, Dodd and Bultmann but I would have liked to seen some reflections on N.T. Wright's work, Jesus seminar scholars (as a foil) or Richard Bauckham or someone doing great work toda ...more
Nicolás
Give this man a pen and he can destroy your heart, together with your arguments.

Dale a este hombre una pluma y podría destruirte el corazón, junto con tus argumentos.
Leonardo
Bueno, fin de la segunda parte. Lástima que no voy consiguiendo la tercera... ya aparecerá. En lo personal me gustó más la primera parte, pero esta es buena de todas formas...

Más de lo mismo, descripción de Jesús en base a las escrituras explicadas, comentadas. Algunas cosas conocidas, pero mucho dato interesante. Lo que más me llamó la atención es la cuestión de la relectura que tuvieron que hacer las primeras comunidades de los textos sagrados del pueblo judío, y darse cuenta que estaban hacie
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Matt Moser
The greatest compliment that I can give to this (or any!) book is that it lead to a fresh encounter with Christ. This book demonstrates the Pope's extensive learning, but it wears its acumen lightly. The text is winsome and engaging. This is a scholarly book to be sure, but it is scholarship that is drawn into the larger world of true devotion and love for its subject. Pope Benedict's series on Jesus draws on a lifetime of research and scholarship and somehow manages to enfold that into the hear ...more
Kathryn
Summary: The Pope follows Jesus starting from his entrance into Jerusalem and ending with his Ressurection.

Review: I read this book throughout Holy Week and I think that I will do it again. It is so deep that I couldn't understand it all, but the Spirit moved me to a greater understanding of moments within Holy Week. It helped me to focus on the events of Holy Week even outside of the day's services. My favorite part this time around was sitting with Christ in the Garden. Being able to read tha
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Eric
My Lenten reading this year, this is the follow-up to Pope Benedict XVI's first book on Jesus of Nazareth; part two is even better than part one. Whereas a good chunk of the first book is a critique of the historical-critical exegetical method and an explanation of his nuanced approach, part two jumps right in to meditating on the life of Jesus. This volume begins with his entrance into Jerusalem and ends with the Resurrection and Ascension. Pope Benedict manages to reveal fresh angles on the li ...more
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, an ...more
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