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The Apostles Illustrated Edition (The Apostles) by Pope Benedict XVI

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"Through the Apostles, we come to Jesus himself." -- Pope Benedict XVI

Expand the richness of Pope Benedict's timely, relevant, and Scripture-focused teachings on the Apostles with over sixty visually stunning, full-color illustrations from artists such as Giotto, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.

In this fascinating and inspirational journey with the chosen disciples of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates a profound, unbreakable continuity -- built upon the foundation of the Apostles and alive in the succession of the Apostles -- by which Christ is present today in His Church.

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Loved the book. Great for learning about the Apostles. I bought one for me and as a gift.
"The Apostles: Illustrated Edition" is a compilation of Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audiences given from March 15, 2006 to October 18, 2006. The first thing one notices about this illustrated edition is the incredible beauty of the book. Almost every page features a painting or mosaic of the apostles by some of the greatest artists of all time. Works by Vasari, Raphael, Caravaggio, Giotto, Tintoretto, and many others provide a visual catechesis to accompany the insightful text.

Part one of the book focuses on "The Origins of the Church." Pope Benedict explains how the number twelve was highly symbolic to the Israelites. "The system of the twelve tribes had long since faded out. . .In choosing the Twelve, introducing them into a communion of life with himself and involving them in the mission of proclaiming the Kingdom . . .Jesus wants to say that the definitive time has arrived in which to constitute the new People of God . . .which now becomes a universal people, his Church." At the Last Supper, Jesus created "a new community, a community united in communion with himself." The focus of this new communion is love. By virtue of the Church, we are invited into a relationship with the Trinity. "It is communion of men and women with the Trinitarian God and communion of men and women with one another." Pope Benedict then turns his attention to the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to inspire and sustain the Church, with a special focus on the importance of apostolic succession.

In the second part, Pope Benedict explores what we know about each of the original twelve apostles plus Matthias (who replaced Judas Iscariot). He offers very interesting insights such as how all Rabbis were expected to have five disciples, but when he increased that number to twelve, "the newness of his mission became evident." He examines the ups and downs of the spiritual journey of Peter who would ultimately become the first leader of the new Church. He emphasizes the unique role of Andrew as the "first called," a role that is emphasized in the Byzantine tradition. He acknowledges the discussion that swirls around the apostle John - was he really "the one Jesus loved?" but focuses on John's unique theological insights revealed in scripture and his emphasis on love. He reflects on the status of Matthew as a tax collector, a job held in total disdain by the Jewish people. In choosing Matthew, Jesus clearly offers "God's grace to the sinner."

"The Apostles: Illustrated Edition" is fascinating reading, beautifully packaged. Pope Benedict is a wonderful teacher, eager to share the faith and our faith's history with anyone willing to listen. He has once again created a marvelous work, worth reading and rereading. He invites us into friendship with these chosen twelve as well as reflection on how we are called to continue the apostolic mission today.
I cant agree with the above comment of being (short changed ?). After all this is a book about Jesus's very 1st Apostles.That are mentined in the 4 1st books of the new testament. Long before Paul enters the story. Benedict did right since these 12 were Jesus closest friends and followers. And are listed as such in the Bible.And also the one who took Judus's place. It is a wonderful book. If you want Paul and the others there are hundreds of books about the early church to chosse from. This Book is great and the art prints are well worth the price of the book.I give a A+ and Five Stars... Truly a good book....
This is really a great book and I learned alot from it. However, I have one major complaint. It leaves off the chapter dealing with Paul and the whole 3rd section of the original book that tells about Stephen, Barnabas, Timothy, and Pricilla among others. I didn't realize this until after I purchased the book and feel somewhat short changed. Great read, but buyer beware. You are not getting the complete text of the original.

ISBN: 1592765386

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ISBN13: 978-1592765386

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2008)

Language: English

Subcategory: Catholicism

Pages: 178

The Apostles Illustrated Edition (The Apostles)
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Author: Pope Benedict XVI
Title: The Apostles Illustrated Edition (The Apostles)