Benedict XVI’s 2nd volume of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ coming soon!

The second volume of the Holy Father’s work Jesus of Nazareth will be released for Lent 2011, with a date of 15 March.

This volume will focus on the period the Lord’s life from the entrance into Jerusalem to His resurrection.

The book may be “pre-ordered” through   Click HERE.

The first volume is HERE.

I found, in the first volume, the Holy Father’s exposition of the problems with an unbalanced “historical-critical” approach to Scriptures masterful and invaluable.  Also, he has a succinct explanation of how we are to understand “inspiration” and Scripture.  His reflections on the temptations of the Lord was rich.

I suggest that these would be good gifts to priests, useful for their preaching.   Both volumes would be useful for your Lenten reflections.

Lent is coming, you know.  So is the Pope’s new book.

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  1. Mike says:

    For priests? Sure! For laity, again, yes. I’ve read the first volume twice, and it repaid the rereading amply. One could take single paragraphs–on the Pater Noster, for instance–and bring them to your prayer. Wonderful, rich, prayerful fare for the soul, intellect and heart.

  2. Mark of the Vine says:

    Fr. Z, have you ever read a book called “The Life of Christ”, written by an italian abbot named Ricciotti? It’s from the 40’s, but is extremely well written. The first 220 pages are the introduction: the author contextualizes Jesus’ life (geography, Roman rule of Palestine, Jewish beliefs and customs, Synagogue, the Temple, Jewish factions,…), gives an account of the sources of information on Jesus’ life (Pagan, Jewish, and Christian; talks about the origin of the Gospels), and ends with a 40+ page critique of the rationalist interpretations of the life of Christ. Just this introduction alone is well worth the book. The rest of the book is also well written. It has helped me to better understand Jesus in relation to Judaism, and how there is continuity between OT and NT, that He did not introduce anything new, rather fulfilled what was.

  3. Pigeon Street says:

    I am debating on whether or not to buy an Amazon Kindle for the Pope’s new book. I don’t like hardback books and the Pope’s book is not initially released as a paperback. What to do… Perhaps a Kindle is just an expensive luxury.

  4. keithp says:

    I am reading the first volume now. It’s wonderful and I am so pleased the second volume is coming out soon (I can’t wait to see how it all ends! :)

    Speaking for myself, I appreciate how simple the Holy Father makes his explanations.

  5. Pigeon Street says:

    Keithp –

    I am also reading the first volume now. I tried to read it when it came out first but put it aside. I then tried again because I wanted to have it read in time for the next volume. A friend gave me the best advise when he advised me to skip the foreword!

  6. Mike says:

    Yes, I believe that simplicity of his comes from an intense prayer life…

  7. Fr Deacon Daniel says:

    This series is certainly already a “classic” in its own right. I cannot wait for Volume 2. I wish that he would be able to pursue the research he mentioned that he would like to do if allowed to retire from the CDF, namely on the topic of Original Sin. God grant us many years with Pope Benedict!

  8. Tony Layne says:

    I just placed an order for the first volume and for Light of the World. I also have paperback copies of all three encyclicals, plus a couple of other books he wrote as Cdl. Ratzinger. Everything I’ve read of his has been deep, enriching and thought-provoking. I look forward to these to, and to the second volume.

  9. P.McGrath says:

    I read Vol. 1 so much that I broke the spine ….

  10. AnAmericanMother says:

    Read and loved the first volume.

    It was also a great opportunity for evangelization — since I had jury duty the week it came out! Started several very thought-provoking and productive conversations in the jury assembly room.

  11. Father Flores says:

    Just a notice there is a Spanish language paperback available at Barnes & Noble online in the clearance section.

  12. Lori Pieper says:

    Pigeon Street, you might not have to buy the expensive Kindle. Amazon now lets you download a free app to read the book on your computer; as well as other apps for Blackberry, Android (I think) and similar devices. It’s about time! (Unfortunately for me, I have the latest Blackberry Curve and it doesn’t support that).

  13. Lori Pieper says:

    Loved the Pope’s book by the way – can’t wait for vol. 2!!

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