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Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church [Hardcover]

By Pope Benedict XVI (Author)
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A journey back to the origins of Christianity reveals how Jesus's earliest disciples faithfully conveyed the truth about the "Jesus of history" and laid the foundations for the Church.

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Based on Pope Benedict XVI's weekly teaching on the relationship between Christ and the Church, this book tells the drama of Jesus' first disciples his Apostles and their associates and how they spread Jesus' message throughout the ancient world. Far from distorting the truth about Jesus of Nazareth, insists Pope Benedict, the early disciples remained faithful to it, even at the cost of their lives. Beginning with the Twelve as the foundation of Jesus' re-establishment of the Holy People of God, Pope Benedict examines the story of the early followers of Christ. He draws on Scripture and early tradition to consider such important figures as Peter, Andrew, James and John, and even Judas Iscariot. Benedict moves beyond the original Twelve to discuss Paul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christianity who became one of Jesus' greatest disciples. Also considered are Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Barnabas, Timothy, Titus, the wife and husband team of Priscilla and Aquila, and such key women figures as Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Phoebe. Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church is a fascinating journey back to the origins of Christianity. It reveals how Jesus' earliest disciples faithfully conveyed the truth about the Jesus of history and how they laid the foundations for the Church, through whom people today can know the same Jesus.

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Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church by Pope Benedict XVI has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 07/12/2011 page 27
  • Commonweal - 01/16/2009 page 26

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   163
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   IGNATIUS PRESS #1427
ISBN  1586172204  
ISBN13  9781586172206  

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More About Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.

Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.

He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.

On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927.

Pope Benedict XVI has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Benedict XVI
  2. Bioethics & Culture
  3. Communio Books
  4. Fathers (Our Sunday Visitor)
  5. Giniger Books
  6. Publication
  7. Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought
  8. Spiritual Thoughts

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Inspirational  Sep 7, 2008
I found this book to be very inspiring and deepened my faith in Christianity and Jesus.
Meditations on Christ's First Disciples  Jul 17, 2008
This book reprints a year's worth of Pope Benedict XVI's weekly addresses at his public audiences where he meditates on the stories of the twelve apostles, St. Paul and other early disciples of Christ. He draws lessons from these that apply to all of us. An excellent and easy read with short chapters that can be read independently.
Meditative Talks  Feb 26, 2008
For persons who want to encounter Benedict 16 in an accessible vein, this might be a good place to start. These are more or less straight transcriptions of a series of his Wednesday public talks in the big Paul 6 Auditorium at the Vatican. There has been no effort to enhance them or make them more literary. Even a few awkward phrases are preserved -- or perhaps poorly translated -- although this oddly contributes to an air of spontaneous freshnesss.

The talks were not aimed at giving an in depth look at what is known about the 12 apostles and the other 1st generation disciples treated. The purpose was to pick out an aspect or two of each figure from scripture, and develop it into a short meditation on aspects of Christian life in particular, and the infant Church in general.

While the pope thus aims to stay relatively light and aim for a broad audience, the depth of his penetration -- largely derived from a lifetime of vast reading and study -- is nonetheless evident. This pope is an academic and he simply can't hide it, and the reader is occasionally hit over the head by the scope and breadth of his background in this regard. It is obvious he has simply read everything. This comes across more not in what he says, but in what he chooses not to say.

Benedict also basically hones pretty close to scripture in defining the nugget for each of these meditations. He delves very little into reports on the original 12 by the post-apostolic Church fathers, or much extra-testamental early Christian literature. While obviously not intimidated by modern theology of an historicist bent, he nevertheless stays clear of any controversies with that school. The overall effect is of having particularly Catholic points, theologically speaking, being made in the style of high modern Protestantism, such as the homilies of John Henry Newman as Oxford don before his conversion. In his written work, Benedict only goes farther down that road, such as in the recently published Jesus of Nazareth wherein a whole familiarity with modern theology and its critiques is pre-supposed.

I thus hope that transcriptions of talks like these continue to be published, for the paradox of Benedict is that while there is a plethora of books by him out there, most necessite a degree of specialized study in the post-high school academic sense. He always requires a careful and very very attentive translation -- as unfortunately his most famous talk, in Regensburg about Islam, did not receive from hurried media outlets. He is fascinating to hear, and cozy despite his learning, giving the reader or hearer a privileged feeling like studying under a master teacher.

I have the gut sense -- however generally pleasant in tone -- that these transcriptions could have used another sandblast of polish from the translater. I have heard the 81 year old pope speak in person, and have heard good translations on EWTN of some sermons, and the man is simply transfixing and you know he never misses a beat. He is about as consciously subtle as they come for a modern. These deceptively "lite" chats still pack enough wallup that I really don't think the final dimension in nuance was lacking from Benedict. I am happy that Ignatius is getting his stuff out, and doing it timely, and its hard to criticize them. Readers simply need to be aware that world class communicators demand world class translaters, and that the latter are always a very scarce commodity. Thus 4 stars for what were likely 5 star performances.

Insightful and heartfelt  Feb 24, 2008
Once again, Pope Benedict's talents for brilliant insight and concise communication are made evident in this book. "Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church" is as profound as it is accessible. Benedict demonstrates, as expected, that he is not only a scholar, but a thoughtful pastor who is very much in love with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Jesus, the Apostles and the Church  Feb 13, 2008
I have always wondered where the Apostles went to after Pentecost.
The book was informative, but I felt it could have given me more information. I enjoyed what was there and maybe that is all we know about the Apostles. Pope Benedict XVI is very easy to read.

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