Book Review: Jesus of Nazareth – by Pope Benedict XVI


In true Benedict XVI fashion, this book presents a remarkably clear, yet profound picture of the historical Jesus. At a time when the subject of history is treated more like relativistic opinion than objective truth, Pope Benedict XVI is a voice of reason and clarity amongst the confusion.

He doesn’t shout. He’s speaks softly and carries one of the biggest intellectual sticks on the planet…clearing away the garbage so that the Truth can speak for itself.

It is his self-proclaimed “personal search for the face of the Lord.” And though it is very intellectual, it is also remarkably easy to understand and follow. The pope takes a very in depth look at the life of Christ, who he was, what he taught, and the significance of it all.

Many contemporary philosophers have taken Jesus out of history and turned him into this mythical, nice guy that happened to share a lot of wisdom about life.  This is not Christianity in the slightest.  In fact, it misses the whole point of Christianity.  Pope Benedict says “A faith that discards history in this manner really turns into ‘Gnosticism.’  It leaves flesh, incarnation – just what true history is – behind.”  He takes numerous such opportunities throughout the book to correct such mischaracterizations of the historical Jesus.

If you like a good, in depth (at least as deep as you can get in one book and still cover a lot of ground) analysis of Jesus’ life and the story of how the great “I AM” became man – this book is for you.

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Meredith Gould December 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Nice review. I’ve had the book a year and am wandering through it slowly but surely. Your review inspires me to speed up my reading.

Maureen December 16, 2008 at 7:48 am

When Sarah Palin was visiting Naples, Father Fessio gave her a copy of this book. She kindly accepted the gift and additionally thanked him for his pro-life views and support.

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