Jesus of Nazareth II – Review Roundup 1


Pope Benedict’s book Jesus of Nazareth II was released exactly seven days ago, and we wanted to get you up to speed on how it has been received. After bringing the Guardian’s review to your attention yesterday, here are some more positive ones.

Eric Sammons writes in Our Sunday Visitor:

“The greatness of a great man is not always recognized in his own time… Yet Joseph Ratzinger — now Pope Benedict XVI — is one of the greatest theologians to ever hold the office of the papacy, and his impact on the life of the Church — especially in theological studies — can hardly be overstated.”

Read the full review.

John L. Allen writes on the National Catholic Register site that:

“A veteran theologian and teacher, Benedict can express complex theological ideas in crystalline sentences that don’t require a Ph.D. to grasp.”

Read the full article.

And the first customer one from Amazon too:

“His [The Pope’s] forensic examination of historical and theological arguments, his breadth of reading, and his ability to bring new conclusions to light are a joy. This book is typical of the real man and a far cry from the picture painted of him in the popular press. I have no reservation in recommending this text to Christian and non Christian alike.”

We’ll add more as they come in, and we will be asking for your help in the next few days too, so watch this space.

Tell us how you are finding it! Post your comments below.

If you have not already done so, you can order the book and read all the pre-publication extracts here. If you do have the book, we welcome your comments and reviews!

Of related interest:

Part 1 Jesus of Nazareth Vol. I – Pope Benedict successfully corrects certain erroneous tendencies in modern biblical scholarship which have diminished our confidence in the reliability of Scripture and in our ability to know Jesus through it.
Lent Lent: Walking towards the Resurrection – Pope Benedict’s illuminating and probing Lenten reflections on the season’s scripture and liturgies culminate in the greatest treasure of all: our personal participation in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Via Dolorosa Via Dolorosa with Pope Benedict XVI – Well-known Gospel passages, prayers and beautiful illustrations are powerfully drawn together in these probing meditations on suffering, the cross, the place of evil and sin in our world.

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2 comments on “Jesus of Nazareth II – Review Roundup 1

  1. Apols for typo. ” since” you began!


  2. Congratulations on this wonderfully informative site.I have visited it every day sonce it began, and will continue to do so. It’s a great shame that more people do not comment but I expect your stats are showing that it is widely read. Keep up the good work, and may God continue to bless and strengthen the CTS


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