On Wednesday, the pre-publication extracts of Jesus of Nazareth II were released to the media at a press conference. Here is some of the coverage from the wider web, for the full story, click on the links underneath the quotes.
Excerpts of the book, Jesus of Nazareth-Part II, have been released in which the Pope considers the Gospels of John and Matthew and analyses the hours leading up to Jesus’ death.
Elan Steinberg, vice-president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said: “This is a major step forward.”
The Jewish community “believes that Benedict’s desire to continue dialogue is sincere,” said Lisa Palmieri-Billig, the American Jewish Committee’s liaison to the Holy See,
Pope Benedict has done humanity an invaluable service with the publication of a new book on the life of Christ.
“Once again, we are reminded that the charge of anti-Semitism sometimes levelled at Joseph Ratzinger is a gross libel.”
A video from Rome Reports
The video says the book will be on sale on Friday March 11th but it will actually go on sale on Thursday March 10th.
“Roman Catholicism explicitly rejected the notion of the inherent guilt of the Jews in 1965.”
The Pope also denies the Gospel writers’ claim that Jews working in the Temple collaborated with the Roman authorities, leading to Jesus’ execution.
You can pre-order it here.