- Paperback: 293 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press (Nov. 15 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621640906
- ISBN-13: 978-1621640905
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #607,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mary of Nazareth: History, Archaeology, Legends Paperback – Nov 15 2016
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About the Author
Michael Hesemann studied History and Cultural Anthropology at Goettingen University, Germany. His 38 books have been published in 14 languages. He lives in Duesseldorf and Rome where he teaches Church history. He participated in archaeological excavations in the Holy Land, and helped to date discoveries in Nazareth as well as several Christian relics. He advised and participated in TV programs for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel,and EWTN. Together with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, he wrote the international bestseller on Pope Benedict XVI, My Brother, the Pope.
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Chapter 10, Beneath the Cross, which covers Jesus’ Infancy through His death, includes more material from the Gospels, and contains interesting insights. The author clearly loves and respects Mary, which was why I gave the book three stars instead of the two I was at first going to give it. I appreciate this German author’s abhorrence of anti-Semitism. In the middle of the book, there are 14 pages of very high quality colour photographs, excellent reproductions of ancient art and crystal clear photos of ancient churches and other sacred sites; these are the best quality photos I’ve ever seen in a book of this size. But despite the insights in chapter 10, I didn't see much of the real Mary in this book. The author could have gone so much farther in contemplatively exploring what the Gospels themselves show us about who the Mother of Jesus was – and is. He also could have included more of what he expressed disdain for in the very first paragraph of the book: a description of how people lived day-to-day in first century rural Galilee. This would have grounded the book better than all those apocryphal tales and legends did.