Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
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Pope explores relevance of nativity in new Jesus book

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 9 - The story of the birth of Christ
and its relevance for modern man is at the heart of a new book
by Pope Benedict XVI, to be published in December, excerpts of
which were released on Tuesday.
The Childhood of Jesus completes a trilogy by the pope on
the figure and message of Christ.
"Here I have now tried to interpret, in dialogue with
exegetes from the past and present, what Mathew and Luke tell us
at the start of their Gospels about Jesus' childhood," writes
Joseph Razinger in the premise to the book.
An exegete a person skilled in critical explanation of a
text, or exegesis.
"I believe a proper interpretation requires two steps," he
continues.
"On the one hand, it is necessary to ask what the two
authors meant to say in their respective texts, in their
particular historical moment...The second question asked by a
correct exegete has to be: Is what was written true? Does it
concern me? And if so, how?"
"Jesus was not born and did not apear in public at the
imprecise 'once upon a time' of myth," writes the Pope elsewhere
in the book.
"He belongs to a time that can be dated excatly and to a
geographical setting that is indicated precisely: the universal
and the concrete enter into contact with each other. Through
Him, the Word of God, the creative reason of all things, has
entered the world. The eternal Logos has been made man and the
context of place and time is part of this".
The Italian edition of the book - penned in German - is
published by Rizzoli in conjunction with the Libreria Editrice
Vaticana.
Rizzoli is reportedly in negotiations with publishers in 32
countries for the translation of the volume into 20 languages.

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