Pontiff's book on Christ

WGPSG -- Scholars have discussed the book "Jesus of Nazareth part II" of Pope Benedict XVI. On Wednesday, March 8, Ignatius organized a conference call with leading theologians and clergy to discuss the volume.

"There are a number of 'firsts' here. It's the first time a Pope has written a book with this much depth on Jesus; it's the first time the Pope has engaged modern historical scholarship; and this is the first time the Pope has balanced out the method of historical scholarship with a broader theological approach to the Bible," Brumley said in the conference. "Those are three significant firsts."

In the Holy See Press Office on March 10, 2011, the second volume of Benedict XVI's book on Jesus of Nazareth with "From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection" was presented in the course of a press conference chaired by Cardinal Marc Ouellet P.S.S. prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and Claudio Magris, a writer and German scholar.

Cardinal Ouellet explained how, apart from the natural interest in a book about Jesus, "the Pope's book is humbly presenting itself to the forum of exegetes in order to compare methodology and research results with them. ... I cannot but see in this book the dawn of a new era of exegesis, a promising age of theological interpretation", he said.

The Cardinal said that The Pope first enterered into dialogue with German exegesis.

Going on then to comment on the contents of the new book, the cardinal first noted how the question of the historical foundation of Christianity has interested Joseph Ratzinger.

A second question touches on the Messianism of Jesus.

A third issue concerns the meaning of redemption and the place that it should occupy in the expiation of sins.

"The fourth problem involves the priesthood of Christ.

"The final issue", the cardinal went on, "concerns the resurrection and its historical and eschatological dimension, its relationship with corporeity and with the Church.

"In this work", the cardinal completed his remarks, "I see a great invitation to dialogue on the essential aspects of Christianity, in a world seeking points of reference, a world in which religious traditions struggle to transmit humanity's heritage of religious wisdom to new generations". 

(From VIS and Zenith)