Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives Imminent

Image Books announces that Pope Benedict’s third book on Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, will be released November 21. The description:

The momentous third and final volume in the Pope’s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing how the stories of Jesus’ infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago.
 
In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary. This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child. Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.

The video:

 
I’m excited about this book for the obvious reasons, but not solely because it’s, you know, the Pope. Rather, Ratzinger/Benedict is a serious German theologian of the old school, far from a fundamentalist and also faithful to the tradition. Of particular interest will be how he handles the question of history in general (as he’s discussed in the other volumes) as well as the particular nature of the historicity of the infancy narratives, roundly rejected as pure myth by most critical scholars. Go ahead. Pre-order it. You know you want to:
 

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3 Comments

  1. I did a long time ago I’m sure he won’t disappoint me in this volume. As a fundamentalist (too bad your attempt to connote that as a bad thing doesn’t deter me from loving this guy) I believe his theology on Jesus as the new Moses, his perspective on the old and new covenant and the atonement put him in close company with the reformers of a Calvinist stripe than any thomist

    His jump back to the fathers is good but his insistence on the word itself as the primary source of God’s revelation of himself and his plan for us give me hope.

    His second volume is pretty lose to the substitutionary atonement scripture teaches. After all he calls his work on these treasures, “my own personal search for the face of the Lord”

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