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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: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739356982
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin de Ataíde | 1/23/2014

    " A set of bite-sized reflections on the first strains of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, by the great Pope Benedict XVI. The author presents a compelling mixture of scientific understanding and Christian tradition, in an attempt to understand the infancy narratives of Christ, their origins in the divine revelations and the Hebrew religious experience that preceded them and their significance for modern the Christian self-understanding. A book to be recommended especially during the Advent and Christmas seasons, as we rediscover the Hebrew and Jewish roots of Christian philosophy and theology. Benedict's sequence of books on Christ are a notable addition to the constant stream of literature on the God-man and a treasure indeed to the Christian world in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Hall | 1/20/2014

    " Not a heavy read, but enlightening. A pretty quick read, too, considering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/12/2014

    " An excellent read, easy to follow and full of new insights and thoughts. Must read for students and/or readers of the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/12/2013

    " Fittingly, I finished this book on the Feast of the Holy Family. The pope explains how events in the Old Testament foreshadow Jesus's fulfilling of the scriptures and how history verifies events in his early life. Informative and a bit complicated, this book is well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/27/2013

    " This wonderful little book is as readable as the second installment was. Lots of scholarship and reflection was involved in it's writing. It is an enjoyable and inspiring read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic Aquila | 10/16/2013

    " Beautifully crafted. Now we have the entire life of Jesus from one of the best minds and holiest men on the planet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Mottola | 10/9/2013

    " Great book, a quick read, but not ground-breaking like the first two installments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ephrem | 1/18/2013

    " The Pope strikes a nice balance between being scholarly and pastoral--perfect for his target audience of over a billion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 10/21/2012

    " Easy to read. So insightful. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Grant | 2/24/2012

    " Excellent, though shorter than his other two books in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Duffy | 4/24/2011

    " Solid theology. Really enjoy reading anything by Benedict XVI. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 4/19/2011

    " Pretty short, but very good. He spent a fair amount of time on the Magi, which was what I was particularly looking for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 4/6/2011

    " A fantastic search written by one with a real passion and gentleness in his theology. I can hardly wait for Part 2!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 3/20/2011

    " A big promise from the outset and a challenge to read... probably a difficult book to translate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 3/15/2011

    " This is an excellent book on Jesus of Nazareth by a man who knows him well. It is filled with wonderful bits of history, theology and wisdom. Like several of Pope Benedict XVI's books, it can be dry at times but that excellent insights make it worth the read and invite a reread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 2/19/2011

    " Great!!! But I need to read it again. There is alot in it. Wow!!! He definitely know of what he writes about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier | 12/27/2010

    " I loved the first 30 pages!, and the rest of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 10/27/2010

    " Ratzinger's first book as Pope Benedict XVI. He attempts to recover the true image of Jesus which has been blurred by historical-critical scholarship in the last two centuries. Alas, he adds another picture of Jesus, that is, the Roman Catholic Jesus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 10/20/2010

    " This is a little deep, but I found parts of it really interesting, and learned some things. I liked how he brought in authors (that I've never heard of) and either agreed with their interpretations or refuted their arguments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elicia | 8/22/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, but it was WAY above my head for a lot of it. I really liked reading a book by the Pope, though. It made me feel like I know him better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Dyan | 6/17/2010

    " Surprisingly readable, and very fascinating!
    Favorite chapters: Chapter Two on the Temptations of Jesus, Chapter Four on the Sermon on the Mount, and Chapter Five on The Lord's Prayer. I particularly love his respectful references to our faith's Jewish roots. "

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About the Author

Joseph Ratzinger, also known as Pope Benedict XVI, was head of the Roman Catholic Church from April 2005–February 2013. A prolific author, theologian, and university professor, He served as an “expert” at the Second Vatican Council, and was tapped in 1977 by Pope Paul VI to lead the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. In 1981, Pope John Paul II called him to Rome to head the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he served until his papal election.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.