"All of us need to return to Nazareth." — Pope Benedict XVI, from his visit to Nazareth, 2009
After the best-selling archaeological biography Mary of Nazareth, Michael Hesemann sets out once again for the Holy Land, this time seeking traces of perhaps the most mysterious figure in human history: Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians believe to be the Son of God, the Messiah.
In this unique book, Hesemann walks the streets of Israel in order to put historical, archaeological, geographical, and scriptural research on Jesus to the test. Bible in hand, he takes readers on a stunning tour through the places Jesus lived, worked, and suffered—Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Jerusalem—to give a concrete and colorful sense of the historical Jesus and the world he knew.
Along the way, archaeologists reveal to Hesemann a host of little-known discoveries, from the apostles' boat to Herod's palace to what might be the sites of Jesus' miracles. This book brings readers face-to-face with the mystery of the Incarnation—a God who, if Scripture is right, became man and lived among us. Pack your bag and follow closely as Michael Hesemann retraces the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth.
Michael Hesemann studied history and cultural anthropology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. His forty-four books have been published in sixteen languages. He has participated in archaeological excavations in the Holy Land and has helped to date a number of discoveries and relics, including in Nazareth. He has advised and appeared in programs for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and EWTN. He is the author of Mary of Nazareth and coauthor, with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, of the international bestseller on Pope Benedict XVI, My Brother, the Pope.