To Know Christ Jesus

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Ignatius Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Religion - 397 pages
This modern spiritual classic by Frank Sheed, the renowned author, publisher and lecturer, is brought back into print for the benefit of new generations of readers to develop a deeper, more profound knowledge of Jesus Christ. Sheed's concern with the Gospels is to come to know Christ as he actually lived among us, interacted with all the various people he encountered from his infancy to his passion and death--the God-man who was like us in all things except sin. Sheed has tried especially to see Our Lord in his effect upon others--seeing how they saw him, trying to see why they saw him so. There is much about Mary and Joseph in their task of bringing up a baby who was literally adorable; about John the Baptist; about Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalen; about Nicodemus; about people we meet only for a moment, like the man born blind and the owners of the drowned swine; and why the Pharisees, not only the worst of them but some of the best, would not accept Christ. Faith, doctrine, prayer, worship--all the content and consequences of Christian belief--rest on the person of Christ Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. In this classic study, Frank J. Sheed employs wide learning, theological sophistication, spiritual insight, and a lucid style to bring the reader to a personal encounter with the living Lord. To Know Christ Jesus has been justly called "one of the most satisfying studies of the Gospel ever made." Frank J. Sheed had a distinguished career as a publisher, lecturer, street-corner evangelist, and popular writer. He and his wife Maisie Ward were the founders of the publishing house Sheed & Ward. His many books include Christ in Eclipse, What Difference Does Jesus Make?, Theology and Sanity, and A Map of Life.

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Preface to 1980 Edition Foreword
Setting the Stage
Mary Conceives
Born in Bethlehem 5 Nazareth of Galilee
Joseph Mary and Jesus
Episode in the Temple
Carpenter in Nazareth 9 The Mission of John the Baptist
First Sending of the Twelve
Mainly about Bread
The Father and the
Outside Palestine
Ending of the Galilean Ministry
At the Feast of Tabernacles
The Man Born Blind

Jesus Baptized by John
Duel in the Desert
The First Disciples
Wedding in Cana
Moneychangers and Nicodemus
Leaving Judea for Galilee
The Ministry in Galilee Begins
Miracles and Exorcisms
Three Miracles
He Blasphemes
Pharisees and Sadducees
The Calling of the Twelve
The Sermon on the Mount
Reactions in Galilee
Forming the New Christians
The Opposition Hardens
Mainly in Perea 35 Return to Judea
Ephraim to Bethany via Jericho 37 Palms and a Fig Tree
Pharisees Sadducees and Herodians
A Chapter of Endings
The Last Supper
Agony and Arrest
Trial by Pontius Pilate
Priest Crucified
Resurrection and Ascension
At the Right Hand of

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Frank Sheed was one of the best -known Catholic writers and apologists of the 20th century. He was the founder of the Catholic publishing house of Sheed & Ward, which published some of the greatest Catholic authors of the twentieth century. His own books include To Know Christ Jesus, A Map of Life, Theology and Sanity, Society and Sanity, and Saints Are Not Sad, all published by Ignatius Press.

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