Jesus of Nazareth - From His Transfiguration to His Death and Resurrection by Pope Benedict XVI
This is the second book in Pope Benedict XVI's projected three-volume work on Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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 non-Christians, he is almost anything else—a myth, a political revolutionary, a
prophet whose teaching was misunderstood or distorted by his followers.
Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, and no myth, revolutionary, or misunderstood prophet, insists Benedict XVI. He
thinks that the best of historical scholarship, while it can’t “prove” Jesus is the Son of God, certainly doesn’t disprove
it. 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.
Benedict XVI presents this challenge in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth: From His Transfiguration Through His Death and
Resurrection, the sequel volume to Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.
Why was Jesus rejected by the religious leaders of his day? Who was responsible for his death? Did he establish a
Church to carry on his work? How did Jesus view his suffering and death? How should we? And, most importantly, did
Jesus really rise from the dead and what does his resurrection mean? The story of Jesus raises these and other crucial
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. In the end, he dares readers to grapple with the meaning of Jesus’ life, teaching, death,
and resurrection. Jesus of Nazareth: From His Transfiguration Through His Death and Resurrection challenges both believers
and unbelievers to decide who Jesus of Nazareth is and what he means for them.
Points of Interest
• an engaging, readable account of Jesus by
one of the world’s great spiritual leaders
• sequel to NY Times best-seller Jesus of
Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the
• provides a well-informed traditional Christian
answer to claims of revisionist historians and
• a book of broad appeal to Catholic, Protestant,
and Orthodox Christians, as well as
other religious believers and seekers
• a rebuttal to new atheist attempts to downplay
the importance of religion and spirituality
in modern life
I started reading Jesus of Nazareth: Vol II as my Lenten reading and ended up finally finishing it the week before Pentecost. This book is full of interesting information and it is completely reliable- considering it was written by the Pope. The book outlines the life of Jesus from his transfiguration to his death and ressurection. Pope Benedict tells with great respect about the Jewish way of life in the times of Jesus. The story follows Jesus through the Biblical accounts and disects each Gospel version. Pope Benedict also explains some of the early thinking of what Jesus was trying to accomplish and how. All of the Biblical characters are mentioned and the Pope also clarifies some common misconceptions that we have about some of the characters. My favorite part of the book was learning that Peter did not deny Jesus to save himself, rather, he denied Jesus to try to save Jesus. He did not trust Full Review...