Jesus of Nazareth (book)

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Jesus of Nazareth
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First edition cover
Author Pope Benedict XVI
Cover artist Jean Traina
Country United States
Language German
Subject Christology
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
May 15, 2007
Media type Print
Pages 355
ISBN 0-385-52341-6
OCLC 166254996
Followed by Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week
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Jesus of Nazareth is the first volume in Pope Benedict XVI's three-volume meditation on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The first book authored by Benedict following his ascension to the papacy, it was published by Doubleday in 2007.

In the book's introduction, the pope explicitly states that the treatise is in "no way an exercise of the magisterium," but rather an "expression of his personal search for the face of the Lord." It is not, however, primarily meditational or part of the genre of "edifying literature", but more directly the book of a theologian, concluding the scientific work of Prof. Ratzinger.

Jesus of Nazareth's ten chapters cover the bulk of Jesus' public ministry, encompassing subjects and events such as Christ's baptism at the hands of John the Baptist, the Sermon on the Mount, the meaning of the parables, the Calling of the Twelve, the Confession of Peter, and the Transfiguration. The book stops short of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and subsequent Passion and Resurrection, which are the primary topics of the second volume, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, which was published on March 15, 2011.[1] The third and final volume, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives was published on November 21, 2012.

Table of contents[edit]

  • Chapter One: The Baptism of Jesus
  • Chapter Two: The Temptation of Jesus
  • Chapter Three: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
  • Chapter Four: The Sermon on the Mount
  • Chapter Five: The Lord's Prayer
  • Chapter Six: The Disciples
  • Chapter Seven: The Message of the Parables
  • Chapter Eight: The Principal Images of John's Gospel
  • Chapter Nine: Two Milestones on Jesus' Way: Peter's Confession and the Transfiguration
  • Chapter Ten: Jesus Declares His Identity


  1. ^ "Benedict XVI Working on Volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth". Zenit. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 

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