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Jesus Of Nazareth 2

CTS is publishing Jesus of Nazareth II, the release of which is now only 11 days away. We asked Commissioning Editor Pierpaolo Finaldi about the work involved in putting together such an important book. Catholic Compass: How did the CTS end up publishing Vol. II, when Volume I was published by Doubleday in America and by Harry Potter’s Publishers, Bloomsbury in the UK?

“In the past decade there has definitely been a move by the Vatican publishing house, who control the rights to the Pope’s writings, towards ensuring that Catholic books are published by Catholic Publishing houses. I think it’s only fair that when the really big official or semi-official Catholic publishing events come around that they don’t get creamed off by secular publishers who the rest of the time don’t give a hoot about religion and sometimes devote a great proportion of their list to denigrating it.
“l also think that it reflects the thinking behind the norms in Liturgiam Authenticam (2000) which required that in future all Liturgical books should be published by companies whose publishing list is in accordance with the teaching of the Church.
“The world English rights for Jesus of Nazareth II were given to the American Publisher Ignatius Press with whom CTS has been working closely over the past few years, and after the successful publication of Light of the World by them and us, they licenced the book to the CTS for the UK and Ireland.”

Catholic Compass: Tell us briefly what stages publishing something like this involves?

“Pope Benedict wrote many famous books before he became Pope and he has some longstanding agreements with publishers, for example Herder in Germany and Ignatius in America. Since he Became Pope the rights to all his texts have been dealt with by Libreria Editrice Vaticana and they have honoured those agreements.
“The Pope writes in German so translations need to be prepared. Some texts, such as this one are translated by the Vatican Secretariat of State, and others, like Light of the World are translated at the behest of the publishers. On that one, Ignatius did an amazing job at very short notice.
“Most Publishers have distribution partners for other territories and this book fell into that category. I think Ignatius was also happy to work with us because of the long-standing service we have provided to the Papal magisterium since CTS began.”
Catholic Compass: How long have the CTS been working on Jesus of Nazareth Vol. II?<

“It’s been known for a long while that this book was coming out so we’ve been preparing for this for about a year.”

Catholic Compass: What does this project mean for the CTS?

“CTS exists to publish and promote Catholic teaching and practice through the written word and there’s a beautiful symmetry to the fact that we are publishing Jesus of Nazareth II and the New Missal in the same year. What an opportunity for catechesis… to get to know Jesus and the Mass better! Lex orandi and lex credendi what we believe and what we practice. These are exciting times for the CTS and the Church at large.”

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Jesus Of Nazareth 2

Here is the contents page of the Pope’s book, Jesus of Nazareth Part Two, the long-awaited, highly anticipated study of the climax of the life of Jesus, from one of the most important theologians of the 20th century.

The Holy Father’s book will be released in less than two weeks’ time – on March 10th – and we can now show you the exact structure of the journey in search of Christ that he wants us to accompany him on.


Table of Contents

Contents Page
Abbreviations ix
Publisher’s Note xi
Foreword xiii
Chapter 1: The Entrance into Jerusalem and the Cleansing of the Temple 1
1. The Entrance into Jerusalem 1
2. The Cleansing of the Temple 11
Chapter 2: Jesus’ Eschatological Discourse 24
1. The End of the Temple 28
2. The Times of the Gentiles 41
3. Prophecy and Apocalyptic in the Eschatological Discourse 45
Chapter 3: The Washing of the Feet 53
The hour of Jesus 54
“You are clean” 57
Sacramentum and exemplum — gift and task: The “new commandment” 61
The mystery of the betrayer 65
Two conversations with Peter 69
Washing of feet and confession of sin 72
Chapter 4: Jesus’ High-Priestly Prayer 76
1. The Jewish Feast of Atonement as Biblical Background to the High-Priestly Prayer 77
2. Four Major Themes of the Prayer 82
“This is eternal life . . .” 82
“Sanctify them in the truth . . .” 85
“I have made your name known to them . . .” 90
“That they may all be one . . .” 93
Chapter 5: The Last Supper 103
1. The Dating of the Last Supper 106
2. The Institution of the Eucharist 115
3. The Theology of the Words of Institution 125
4. From the Last Supper to the Sunday Morning Eucharist 138
Chapter 6: Gethsemane 145
1. On the Way to the Mount of Olives 145
2. The Prayer of Jesus 152
3. Jesus’ Will and the Will of the Father 157
4. Jesus’ Prayer on the Mount of Olives in the Letter to the Hebrews 162
Chapter 7: The Trial of Jesus 167
1. Preliminary Discussion in the Sanhedrin 167
2. Jesus before the Sanhedrin 175
3. Jesus before Pilate 183
Chapter 8: Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus 202
1. Preliminary Reflection: Word and Event in the Passion Narrative 202
2. Jesus on the Cross 206
a. The first of Jesus’ words from the Cross: “Father, forgive them” 206
b. Jesus is mocked 208
c. Jesus’ cry of abandonment 213
d. The casting of lots for Jesus’ garments 216
e. “I thirst” 217
f. The women at the foot of the Cross — the Mother of Jesus 219
g. Jesus dies on the Cross 223
h. Jesus’ burial 226
3. Jesus’ Death as Reconciliation (Atonement) and Salvation 229
Chapter 9: Jesus’ Resurrection from the Dead 241
1. What Is the Resurrection of Jesus? 241
2. The Two Different Types of Resurrection Testimony 248
a. The Confessional Tradition 248
1. Jesus’ death 251
2. The question of the empty tomb 253
3. The third day 257
4. The witnesses 259
b. The Narrative Tradition 260
1. Jesus’ appearances to Paul 263
2. The appearances of Jesus in the Gospels 265
3. Summary: The Nature of Jesus’ Resurrection and Its Historical Significance 272
Epilogue: He Ascended into Heaven — He Is Seated at the Right Hand of the Father, and He Will Come Again in Glory 278
Bibliography 295
Glossary 309
Index of Biblical References 331
Index of Proper Names and Subjects 341



Already from this we can see the structure and key themes of the work emerging. Leave us your comments below and let us know what you are looking forward to reading about!

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Jesus Of Nazareth 2

Journalist and commentator Simon Caldwell tells his own story about getting ready for the launch of the Pope’s new book.

Journalists and public relations consultants often tread common ground but their instincts are different. This is because generally they have functions that are diametrically opposed: the role of the journalist is primarily to bring stories into the public domain by seeking them out, discovering them and reporting them while PR operatives are often called upon to cover up, or bury, what journalists might think are the best stories.

They tend neither to like nor trust each other and occasionally will swear at one another down the telephone.

I am a freelance journalist slowly venturing into the world of PR. Imagine my delight to be handed an advance copy of Jesus of Nazareth Part Two: From Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, the forthcoming book by Pope Benedict XVI, some six weeks before its publication on March 10.

Had I been working solely as a religious journalist I would have killed for this text (not literally of course). But my brief was PR and it included the task of discerning the “incendiary” passages with a view to preparing a media strategy for the launch of the book.

One big story

I think the decision by the Catholic Truth Society, the publishers to the Holy See in the UK and Ireland, to ask a journalist to read this book was shrewd. I have identified at least one major international story tucked away in the Pope’s text. “Incendiary” might indeed be the best way to describe it.

As a journalist I would like to tell you everything but as a PR consultant I labour under the strict terms of the embargo imposed by the Vatican.

So I can’t tell you what the big stories are (that’s the PR side out of the way) but what I can tell you is that Pope Benedict will again show his ability to surprise us. This is no dull theological tome. It is a meditation on the person of Jesus during his Passion, death and Resurrection by one of the Church’s greatest intellectuals.

The Pope’s audience

The Pontiff also writes with pace and lucidity of style and his clarity of thought and insight are breathtaking. The narrative is simply gripping and I defy anyone to put down that book without being moved to the core.

If the Pope set out to bring Catholics closer to Christ by writing Jesus of Nazareth I think that he will accomplish his objective.

But it is also in the apostolic nature of the Successor of St Peter to perhaps keep one eye on a wider audience. So within the text the reader may discover several themes that touch on topics of the day.

Fellow religious journalists, get yourself a good breakfast on the morning of March 10 because you might be in for a long and busy day.

Simon Caldwell has written extensively in the Catholic Herald and runs St Gabriel News and Media.

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New Book

Our Catholic Controversies series looks at important moments and figures in the Passion narrative, which forms the basis of the Pope’s new book Jesus of Nazareth Part II.

Here, Biblical scholar Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB tells us about Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Palestine at the time of Jesus.

Numerous attempts to reconstruct the character and motivation of Pontius Pilate have been made, often with the liberty of a historical novel.

Benedict XVI, in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth II, traverses this ground again with the help of Flavius Josephus and Philo of Alexandria.

These two Jewish sources present Pilate’s brutal repression of the Jews as the real cause of the bad blood between Romans and Jews which would lead to the Jewish Revolt 30 years later.

It is difficult to support another point of view. There are no other primary sources for Pilate. It is, however, worth examining more closely the biased allegations of Josephus and Philo. A different interpretation of the stories they tell is certainly possible.

Pilate can be represented as the dupe of the Jewish leaders. He tried to be helpful as governor, and avoid trampling on their complicated prejudices and incomprehensible susceptibilities, but he was repeatedly outplayed by them and made to look a fool.

Incident One: Graven images must not be seen in Jerusalem. Roman troops can’t march without their standards. Pilate’s solution: March the troops up at night in the dark! The standards were spotted and all hell broke loose.

Incident Two: Graven images must not be seen in Jerusalem. Pilate wants to honour the emperor. Solution: Put up not a statue but a simple inscription in gold lettering inside Pilate’s residence. They reported him to Rome for insulting the Holy City.

Incident Three: Jerusalem was expanding and needed a larger water supply. Pilate built an aqueduct, 27km long, to bring in the water – a brilliant piece of Roman engineering. It went over budget and they refused to pay.

Incident Four: In the ensuing riots Pilate used plain-clothes agents to control the mob instead of armed riot-police. ‘He wouldn’t even let us be martyred.’

A prophet from Galilee is denounced to me by the local rulers, involving some complicated theological argument which the locals claim is subversive. I can’t understand it myself and he doesn’t act like a subversive, but I have worked with Caiaphas for half-a-dozen years (his residence is just next to mine), so I’ll trust his judgement.

Final incident, 6 years later: Pilate puts down a messianic revolt in Samaria with too much severity. He is packed off to Rome by his superior, the governor of Syria. He has governed Palestine for a decade, instead of the usual two years, and there is now a new emperor; it is time for a change. Pilate disappears from history.

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB is Chairman of the Trustees of the Catholic Biblical Association and served on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

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Jesus Of Nazareth 2

Jesus of Nazareth II published by CTS is a book the reading of which will enhance our Easter, according to eminent theologian Fr John Saward.

His comments should also be welcomed by those who perhaps feel the book is too advanced and difficult for them.

Fr Saward says:

“In his new book, Joseph Ratzinger – the professor who is now Pope – leads us to the Heart of Jesus, ‘the Pierced One’, in His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.  Here is the spiritual reading we need if we are to participate intelligently and prayerfully in the sacred liturgy of the Easter Triduum.”

Release date

The book will be available from March 10th the day after Ash Wednesday, but it is far from a penance!

It is a joy to read how much we are loved by Christ, and how the Holy Spirit guided the gospel writers, helping them to give us a beautiful and true account of our salvation.

This year then, we have a remarkable opportunity to walk with the Holy Father all through lent, listening to him and following him, as he guides us through the most important moments of the life of Jesus.

As Fr Saward points out, this book will certainly help to deepen our understanding and, this Easter could be all the more holy and important for that.

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