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Patrick Novecosky | Review
Feb 02, 2013
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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

This is Pope Benedict XVI’s final chapter in his Jesus of Nazareth trilogy . . .

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Image Books, 2012
144 pages, $20 hardcover

In the final installment of his three-part series on Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI focuses exclusively on Christ’s life as a child. The Pope presents Jesus’ birth as not merely a matter of history, but as an event of “unfolding significance” for people today, with implications like the limits of political power and the purpose of human freedom.

It’s a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It’s a story trusting completely in God as seen in the faith of Simeon 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 truth.

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