Jesus of Nazareth by Michael Hesemann
Archaeologists Retracing the Footsteps of Christ
Michael Hesemann’s archaeological biography, Mary of Nazareth, was a best-selling work that has been translated into several languages. In this work Hesemann set out once again to the Holy Land on a search for traces of the New Testament. In this sequel, his interest is focused on the central figure of human history: Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians acknowledge as the Son of God and the Messiah.
In this unique book, Hesemann is tracking down the profound mystery of the Incarnation by which God became man, striving to deepen our understanding of the historical Jesus of Nazareth and the world in which he lived. With Bible in hand, he diligently visited all the places where Jesus lived and worked; Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, and Jerusalem.
“Michael Hesemann has dug deeply—quite literally—in writing this mesmerizing book, which effortlessly combines history, mystery, archaeology, faith, science, and adventure in a seamless and often breathtaking fashion. He brings history alive and shows how deep and ancient and real are the roots of the Christian faith.”
— Carl E. Olson, Editor, Catholic World Report; Author, Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
“Hesemann searches under every stone and through forgotten documents to discover fascinating archaeological facts about our Lord and his world. With probing questions and interesting theories, he takes us on an exciting journey through the Holy Land that reads like a thrilling detective story.”
— Steve Ray, Author, Upon This Rock; Host, The Footprints of God film series
“Hesemann’s up-close experience shines forth on every page. ‘Behold the man, behold God’, he invites us. He succeeds in this admirably, offering a vision as immediate and sharp as a breeze from the Sea of Galilee.”
— David Pinault, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University; Author, The Crucifix on Mecca’s Front Porch
“A well-researched book. It is inspiring to hear objective reality about Jesus of Nazareth and refreshing to see the historical and archaeological facts for his existence.”
— Terry Barber, Author, How to Share Your Faith with Anyone; Radio Host, Virgin Most Powerful
“Saint Jerome referred to the Holy Land as ‘the Fifth Gospel’, by which he meant that the very stones speak of the One who sanctified that land by his tarrying among us. A prayerful entry into this work will demonstrate the validity of Jerome’s insight.”
— Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., Editor, The Catholic Response
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.