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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Ratzinger Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“This book is . . . my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord.’” –Benedict XVI

In this bold, momentous work, the Pope––in his first book written as Benedict XVI––seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

From Jesus of Nazareth: “. . . the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! He has brought the God who once gradually unveiled his countenance first to Abraham, then to Moses and the prophets, and then in the wisdom literature–the God who showed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love.” Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/16/2014

    " A mixed bag, really. Papa B does a good job showing how infancy narratives reflect the hopes and aspirations of Israel and anticipate the life, teachings, passion and resurrection of Jesus. But it falls short when Benedict weighs in on the current historical controversies surrounding the texts. The book does not possess the length or scope to address such complex questions, in my humble opinion. In addition, he tends to be a bit too dismissive of the historical critical method used in biblical scholarship. Is 7:14 is a case in point. There is no conflict in searching for a more immediate object of the prophecy, while holding to the belief that the prophecy is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. And the fact that there are multiple theories as to what that object is does not relieve scholars of the responsibility of searching for one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wayne Larson | 2/16/2014

    " Very short yet surprisingly rich treatment of the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/12/2014

    " Somewhat short, but a fascinating view into the two infancy tales of Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle Plecnik | 1/26/2014

    " My first time reading a bible-study-type book, so it took some getting used to. But Pope Benedict's insights helped me understand the infancy narrative in a way I never had before, like a '3-D version'. I was able to see more of the depth of the story I've known my whole life -- rather than just imagining the nativity scene 2 dimensionally, as I had since childhood. It always amazes me how the Bible has intrigued centuries of thinkers. I am glad for being introduced to "the tip of the ice burg", by reading the Pope's gentle explanations. "

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