Friday, September 21, 2012
The 3rd volume of Jesus of Nazareth, by Pope Benedict XVI, will be released at Christmas time, the Vatican has announced.
The Vatican has reached an agreement with an Italian publishing house, Rizzoli, to produce the book. The Herder company will produce a German-language edition. Agreements are now being negotiated with publishers for editions in other languages.
The 3rd and final volume of the Pope’s work will focus on the infancy of Christ as portrayed in the Gospel narratives. The work—for which a title has not yet been announced—completes the Pope’s project of providing a readable account of the life of Christ. The Pontiff had said that he saw the need for such a work as a counterweight to popular works that distort the identity of Jesus.
The 1st volume of Jesus of Nazareth, covering the period of Christ’s life from the Baptism through the Transfiguration, appeared in 2007. The 2nd volume, with the subtitle Holy Week, covering the events from the entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, was published early in 2011.