Nazarathile Yesu: Jesus of Nazareth: Vol. 1. From Baptism to Transfiguration: This is the Malayalam translation of Pope Benedict’s Book, Jesus of Nazareth: From Baptism to Transfiguration. The best book on Jesus written in our century.
It begins by outlining the Pope’s hermeneutic, which is historical-critical. He explains why this is important and how this will influence his readings of the Gospels. He highlights that this book is the sum of his knowledge gained over his years of academic study for the true face of Jesus.
Chp 1: Begins with the Baptism and how historically this interacts with the symbols of the Jordan River and the forgiveness of sins as narrated in the Davidic literature.
Chp 2: The Temptations of Jesus. This section was thoroughly enjoyable and offered ideas such as the temptation being an allegorical play on Jesus’ internal conflict on whether to become a loving lord or a war lord.
Chp 3: The Kingdom of God. Was about just that, the Kingdom of God on Earth and in Heaven. The Pope has agreed with many contemporary scholars when he writes that the Kingdom of God is what happens when one allows God into their heart.
Chp 4: The Sermon on the Mount. This basically included the ethical teachings of Jesus as detailed in Chp 5 of Matthew’s Gospel.
Chp 5: The Lord’s Prayer. This chapter broke down the prayer and detailed each line and offered suggestions of what each could have meant.
Chp 6: This chapter was basically about discipleship and it means to be a disciple.
Chp 7: The Parables. The ones picked were basically about how they portray Jesus as the Son of God, and also the God who would be rejected and yet still offer forgiveness to his abusers.
Chp 8: John’s Gospel. This chapter offered a detailed breakdown of the allegorical symbolism used within John’s narrative and why this was significant.
Chp 9: Peter’s Confession and Transfiguration. This is basically about how the Gospels do contain many allegorical passages which specifically show that Jesus was thought of as the Son of God.
Chp 10: Is about the language Jesus used to declare his identity and why/how he also considered himself to be the Son of God.