Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week

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Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week
Jesus of Nazareth Book 2.jpg
First edition book cover
Author Pope Benedict XVI
Translator Philip J. Whitmore
Cover artist Roxanne Mei Lum
Country United States
Language English
Subject Christology
Published March 15, 2011 Ignatius Press
Media type Print
Pages 362
ISBN 978-1-58617-500-9
OCLC 664668492
Preceded by Jesus of Nazareth
Followed by Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
LCCN 2010-937202
Part of a series on the
Theology of
Pope Benedict XVI
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Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week is the second volume (after Jesus of Nazareth released in 2007) in Pope Benedict XVI's three-volume meditation on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Offers a detailed analysis of Jesus Christ's final week in Jerusalem, examining the political, religious and scholarly aspects of Jesus' life, teaching, death and resurrection.

Though Pope Benedict published numerous works when he was a cardinal and before, this is only the second book he has authored during his papacy. The English translation has been published by Ignatius Press (publisher) in 2011.

In this book’s introduction, the author states that he has “attempted to develop a way of observing and listening to the Jesus of the Gospels that can indeed lead to a personal encounter” with him. The author continued saying that he “tried to maintain a distance from any controversies over particular points and to consider only the essential words and deeds of Jesus.”

Jesus of Nazareth's nine chapters cover the Holy Week, the period of time from The Entrance into Jerusalem and the Cleansing of the Temple by Jesus, Jesus’ Eschatological Discourse and its meaning within his teachings, The Washing of the Feet, the significance of Jesus’ High-Priestly Prayer, the date and connection to the Eucharist of The Last Supper, Jesus’ prayers at Gethsemane, the implication of The Trial of Jesus, the importance and words of the Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus, finally to Jesus’ Resurrection from the Dead.

The author challenges readers to consider the concept of the resurrection and suggests that it is something so fantastic that it cannot be explained by science. [1] The author also suggests that blame sometimes placed on Judaism for Jesus's crucifixion belongs on select individuals rather than Jews as a whole.[2]

The third volume in Pope Benedict XVI's three-volume meditation on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, titled Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, was released November 20, 2012, published by Image Books.[3]


  1. ^ Rossano, Matt J. (April 14, 2011). "Does Resurrection Contradict Science?". Huffington Post.
  2. ^ Burke, Greg. "The Bible Re-edited". Kansas City Star.
  3. ^ Pullella, Philip. "Pope's third book on Jesus reaffirms virgin birth". Reuters.

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