Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

Jesus of Nazareth The Infancy Narratives New York Times Bestseller The momentous third and final volume in the Pope s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series detailing how the stories of Jesus infancy and childhood are as relevan

  • Title: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
  • Author: Pope Benedict XVI
  • ISBN: 9780385346405
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New York Times Bestseller The momentous third and final volume in the Pope s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing how the stories of Jesus infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order to make known the figure and message of Jesus.New York Times Bestseller The momentous third and final volume in the Pope s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing how the stories of Jesus infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order to make known the figure and message of Jesus Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus life as a child The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child Ultimately, Jesus life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.

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    1. Thought I would read this now, since we're close to Christmas, and anyway it was a pretty short and light a read. Very easy to follow and left me with a glowy good feeling. The book is not really a third part on the series, more like a side-chamber. :)The focus here is on the infant narratives, mainly focusing on texts of Matthew and Luke: the annunciation of the births of John The Baptist and Jesus, Jesus' birth, the three wise men and flight to Egypt, plus finally a bit on Jesus' temple visit [...]

    2. I initially almost didn't get this. When I saw how slender the Infancy Narratives was, I was disappointed. I don't know, I guess I was expecting, given Benedict's other entries in his Jesus series, something along the lines of Raymond Brown's Birth of the Messiah (which, interestingly, Benedict never refers to). But after reading Benedict's treatment (which the Pope calls a small "antechamber" to this Jesus story), I find I can't praise the book enough. It's length (about 130 pages), and it's de [...]

    3. “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives” is the concluding volume in Pope Benedict’s trilogy on Jesus of Nazareth. It is the slimmest of the three books, but it’s presented at the same level of accessible scholarship that characterizes the other two books in the trilogy. It is a work that is simultaneously scholarly and yet highly inspirational, and it’s written with Benedict’s characteristic thoughtfulness and sincerity. Pope benedict addresses all the main points of the infancy [...]

    4. Guilty confession: I haven't read the other two Jesus of Nazareth books. I wasn't sure I was smart enough or had enough brainpower to spare. Well, this was the one to start with, and Advent was the time to read it. It was a gentle examination, a quiet visit in the stable, and an education that wasn't forced. Reading it made me look differently at the Infant Jesus in the manger (and, in the case of my house, in the tractor wagon). Pope Benedict is a brilliant scholar, no doubt about it, and you c [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this book. It helps to explain some crucial points of the Catholic faith. I would recommend this to all.

    6. Yes Must read. Benedict XVI, comes to grips with the significance of the Infancy Narratives, in a readable, yet serious effort.

    7. I've really been craving some of Pope Benedict's writing. I know, that's a weird thing to crave. But there is something about the way he writes theology that hits me just right. My idea at the moment is to read all of the Jesus of Nazareth trilogy. We'll see how that works out. But for now, this is the perfect book to reread.Original review below.=========This is the Jesus of Nazareth book I longed for ever since Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) mentioned it in the forward to his first Jesus of Nazaret [...]

    8. The amazing analysis that Joseph Ratzinger made shows his lucidity of thought. He goes over each component of the infancy narratives of Jesus, giving at all times not only a theological explanation but finally reaching conclusions that serve as catechetical arguments that makes the reader marvel at the great miracle of the birth of the Son of God in the world.

    9. Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives is by no means my first attempt to read Pope Benedict XVI. My first attempt came trying to read the first part of the "Jesus of Nazareth" series, at which I tried and failed miserably. I decided to next try and read "Introduction to Christianity," but Pope Benedict's definition of introduction and my definition of introduction are on vastly different planes. I had to put both of those books aside, as I realized I was trying to run before I could even cra [...]

    10. Before his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI finished a third volume of theological reflections on the life of Jesus. He describes this book as an "antechamber" (p. xi) to the other volumes. Here he looks chiefly at the first few chapters of Matthew and Luke, the birth and early childhood of Jesus. He considers the intent of the authors in what they wrote, various historical interpretations and understandings of what they wrote (including present-day exegesis of the texts), and the practical impact [...]

    11. One-Minute ReviewJesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives is the third book in a series by Pope Benedict XVI. The advent of popes who write for the general reading public beyond the Catholic Church raises a conundrum for the average reviewer. A commercial blog such as this one can’t fully engage with the book’s religious content. We don’t have expertise in the subject nor, presuming for ourselves a diverse readership, do we have a mandate to debate Catholic doctrine. On the other hand, th [...]

    12. It took me a while to finish, but I really enjoyed this little book. It wasn't a hard book to read, but rather one that had so much to think about that I would read a small section and think about it. The Holy Father starts by taking a look at what the Gospel of John as to say about the question "Where are you from?" and looks at the genealogies in the other Gospels. From there he takes us through the familiar Christmas stories and points out the deeper meanings and gives some side information t [...]

    13. The Infancy Narratives is the first book by Pope Benedict XVI ("Papa Ben" from this point forward :D ) that I read. I've always been somewhat intrigued by his works because Boyfriend loves to flood me with Papa Ben's quotes, so by the time I actually picked up this book I already had a rough idea of his writing style.To put it simply, this is one of those rare theology books that read like novels. The Infancy Narratives is deeply intellectual yet profoundly heart-warming. Papa Ben's style is flo [...]

    14. I read this book to satisfy the Christmas challenge in the African-American historical fiction group. I was looking forward to delving into something academically robust for Christmas. I had read good things about Pope Benedict XVI’s two other books in this trilogy, so I thought I would give this one a try. Unfortunately, I can only give this book three stars. I found nothing lacking in Pope Benedict XVI’s intellectual prowess. Even when I disagreed with Catholic doctrine, I thought the Pope [...]

    15. I really did tear through this basically in one sitting (not counting a couple of beverage breaks). Wonderful analysis of the different aspects of the infancy narratives, the genealogies, and an epilogue on the story of Jesus' remaining at the temple when he was 12. My highlighting finger got a workout on this Kindle edition, which I found an easier (but no less thought-provoking) read than the other two volumes. Certainly, I noticed more sharp humor in this volume, but perhaps I'm just becoming [...]

    16. Muy bueno el libro es bastante historico se nota como dijo el SS Juan Pablo II sobre Ratzinger "un incansable buscador de la verdad" Esto lo vmnos claramente en este libro como el Papa no se queda confirme con las enseñanazas clasicas de los hitos referentes al nacimiento de Cristo sino que busca contantemente respuestas mas profundas que apunten a la verdad.Si lo leen tendran la oportunidadde enrriquecer sus conocimientos a los hechos historicos de los personajes que participaron en este event [...]

    17. Benedict XVI is probably the most intelligent and cultivated Pope in the History of the Church. Unfortunately, he's found a tough opposition to achieve his goals, (yes, there are plenty of odd interests in Rome, as well). Besides he is an elder man who's no time left to achieve his whole intentions. About the trilogy, I'll remark that my faith has grown stronger and more determined after reading these books.

    18. Very accessible writing and ideas, as usual with Pope Benedict XVI. This volume on the Infancy Narratives includes great insights into the prophetic nature of the Gospel accounts surrounding Jesus' birth, up to His finding at the Temple. I was very impressed by some new ideas linking Jesus' birth and death together (e.g the significance behind the swaddling clothes, the unused myrrh, his finding at the Temple on the third day, etc.).

    19. A beautiful meditation, with references to various theological and philosophical disputes and an acute attention to detail and love for narrative. All of the central figures in the infancy narratives if the Gospels are more richly appreciated after reading this book. I was sorry when it ended, and regretful that I gave away one of the other volumes before reading it. Must place another book order.

    20. Of course it was good, what were you expecting? :) This slim volume completes the Pope's work on Jesus of Nazareth (the other two volumes cover first, his public ministry, and then his Passion and Resurrection). With the Pope's trademark scholarship and style, he discusses the birth narratives of Christ found in Matthew and Luke, as well as other topics related to the history and exegesis of these passages.

    21. This is a great short little book of a highly intellectual man exploring the Word of God in a personal way. Not completely earth shattering, but filled with nuggets of insight you haven't considered before. My only critique was that it ended abruptly. I almost felt like I was missing pages. No conclusion or anything. A great Advent/Christmas companion.

    22. Livro com escrita simples, fácil de entender. Tem uma abordagem histórico teológica. O Papa Bento XVI explica os fatos da infância de Jesus com um olhar exegeta. Muito Bom!

    23. Summary: A study of the gospel accounts of the annunciations, the infancy, and boyhood of Jesus of Nazareth.I read this over the Christmas holiday and found this a wonderful study on the narratives surrounding the birth of Christ. The work, by Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) combines careful scholarship with devotional reflectiveness that evidences deep reflections on the details of these gospel texts in Matthew, Luke, and John. What follows are some of the details I had either not noticed [...]

    24. An interesting book considering the incredible significance of Jesus' birth and early years. I valued reading this during advent, as it helped me to consider well-known Bible passages concerning Jesus' arrival in greater depth.

    25. I love [Pope emeritus] Ben[edict XVI]. Seriously. He was elected to the papacy in 2005, and I owe much of my development in faith to him. I was in my second year of college in 2005, and, after a lot of soul-searching, I had decided that I wanted to remain in the Catholic Church of my childhood, but I still had a lot of questions. Part of my earlier indecision about the Church was prompted by the blind faith touted by the nuns of my grammar school. They called this "childlike faith." Now, I'm not [...]

    26. I really love good exegesis - and I read this quickly once before while at Fordham - so it was good to get back to it. I have often listened before to Leonardo Filippos at St Luke Productions present meditations from Pope Benedict, so all throughout this book, I could hear that voice in my head as I was reading. There are significant portions that are incredibly relatable and others that are very dense in theological references. Ratzinger draws heavily from German theologians (the work was origi [...]

    27. Great book about the Infancy Narratives contained in Luke and Matthew's Gospels. Makes a air tight case that both Gospels contain true history as opposed to simply stories trying to confirm TheologyPull Quote: "Redemption is not "wellness", it is not about basking in self indulgence:on the contrary it is the liberation from imprisonment in self- absorption"Amen!

    28. Pope Benedict XVI has written a wonderful series of books about the life of Jesus. The first book, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, published in 2008, was followed by Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection in 2010.The third volume in the series, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives "detail how the stories of Jesus' infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago."This volume [...]

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