Based on Pope Benedict XVI's weekly teaching on the relationship between Christ and the Church, this book tells the drama of Jesus' first disciples — his Apostles and their associates — and how they spread Jesus' message throughout the ancient world. Far from distorting the truth about Jesus of Nazareth, insists Pope Benedict, the early disciples remained faithful to it, even at the cost of their lives.
Beginning with the Twelve as the foundation of Jesus' re-establishment of the Holy People of God, Pope Benedict examines the story of the early followers of Christ. He draws on Scripture and early tradition to consider such important figures as Peter, Andrew, James and John, and even Judas Iscariot. Benedict moves beyond the original Twelve to discuss Paul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christianity who became one of Jesus' greatest disciples. Also considered are Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Barnabas, Timothy, Titus, the wife and husband "team" of Priscilla and Aquila, and such key women figures as Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Phoebe.
Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church is a fascinating journey back to the origins of Christianity. It reveals how Jesus' earliest disciples faithfully conveyed the truth about the "Jesus of history" and how they laid the foundations for the Church, through whom people today can know the same Jesus.
Author: Pope Benedict XVI
Drawing upon Old and New Testament Scriptures, Tradition, and the words of the early Church Fathers, author, lawyer, and noted Catholic apologist John Salza presents a comprehensive and compelling story of the papacy from a biblical perspective.
The papacy of the Catholic Church is the longest-living institution in the civilized world -- and at times one of the most controversial due to the basic doctrines of:
Arguments against the papacy are weighed and refuted in a charitable but convincing manner, making this a valuable resource for everyone intrigued or confused by the nearly 2,000-year-old papal office -- regardless of your faith background.
Whether you are defending, questioning, or exploring the Catholic Faith, this book provides the most concise and clear examination of the Catholic Church's supreme teaching office as instituted by Jesus Christ.
Author: John Salza
What was the early Church like? Contrary to popular belief, Rod Bennett shows there is a reliable way to know. Four ancient Christian writersùfour witnesses to early Christianity ùleft us an extensive body of documentation on this vital subject, and this book brings their fascinating testimony to life for modern believers. With all the power and drama of a gripping novel, this book is a journey of discovery of ancient and beautiful truths through the lives of four great saints of the early ChurchùClement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons.
Author: Rod Bennett