Pope Benedict XVI's new book "Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week" addresses misunderstandings about Jesus and helps renew the study of the Bible, a panel of scholars said at a March 9 preview event.
Dr. Brant Pitre, a Catholic professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, La., said he was "very excited" about the "unprecedented" nature of the work.
"Never before have we had a reigning Pope write a full-length book of the life of Jesus," he commented at a March 9 telephone press conference with scholars from Catholic, Protestant and Jewish backgrounds.
The book, released by Ignatius Press on March 10, is the second volume in an intended series of three. It examines the final week of Jesus' earthly life and the historical and theological questions surrounding his death.