By Pope Benedict XVI
Trans. Philip J. Whitmore (New York: Image, 2012) 132 pgs. $20.00
Reviewed by D. Bryan Rhodes
Of all the tensions between Catholics and Protestants, the issue of biblical literacy among the laymen continues to enjoy attention and interest, especially in a post-Vatican II context. Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth series makes a remarkable contribution to that very concern. It represents the former pontiff’s attempt to make the Holy Scriptures more accessible to his flock throughout the world. This third and final installment of that series focuses on the earliest years of the life of Christ, as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. It is Benedict’s latest effort to bring the best of Roman Catholic scholarship from the Vatican mountaintop to the worldwide village below. The book is primarily an exegesis of the infancy narratives, written “…to help many people on their path toward and alongside Jesus.” [...]
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