March 2, 2011. On Friday March 11, book stores around the world will begin selling the second volume of the book “Jesus of Nazareth,” about the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.
The theologian Pope authored the book using his given name, Joseph Ratzinger. He directly addresses the topic that has fascinated him throughout his academic career: to show that the Jesus the Gospels spoke of was a real person and was in fact God.
Over nine chapters and an epilogue on the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, Benedict XVI puts forth clear and direct questions that may surprise many Catholics.
Was Jesus just a revolutionary? Was the Messiah, the Son of God? And who killed him? Those who have read it say that his answers leave you without any doubt.
The first volume sold nearly three million copies and 32 editions were made. As of now, the second edition is being published in seven languages.
The Pope also finished the third and final part of his book last summer, which looks back on the childhood of Jesus, it's expected to hit the bookshelves next November.