Important encyclicals to read as a preliminary:
Spiritus Paraclitus (On St. Jerome), Benedict XV
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BOOK ONE: THE YEARS OF PREPARATION
I | The Mystery of Nazerth · II | The Mystery of Bethlehem · III | The Mystery of the Hidden Life · IV | Jesus and John · V | The Gradual Manifestation of Christ
BOOK TWO: THE GOSPEL IN GALILEE
I | The Choice of the Apostles · II | The Divine Mission of Christ · III | The Sermon on the Mount · IV | First Assaults of the Enemy · V | The Day of Parables · VI | New Miracles Around the Lake · VII | Supreme Effort in Galilee · VIII | The Bread of Life · IX | The Paralytic of Bethesda · X | In the Environs of Galilee · XI | The Church Founded on Peter · XII | Last Days in Galilee
SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES: (A) The Country of Jesus (B) Chronology of the Life of Christ (C) The Word as Life and Light (D) The Two Genealogies of Jesus (E) The Census of Quirinius (F) The Dynasty of the Herods (G) The Magi, History and Legend (H) The Portraits of Christ (I) The Relatives of Jesus (J) The Sermon on the Mount (K) The Gospel Parables (L) Gospel Miracles
APPENDIX: CONCORD OF THE GOSPELS (Part 1 | The Chronological Order of Events · Part 2 | Synopsis of the Four Gospels (Tables)
In the two comprehensive volumes of his monumental work on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ Father Prat has left to the world an enduring masterpiece.
In clearly intelligible phrase the author conveys to us the earthly career of our Lord and Saviour, building up from the sacred books and from all authentic sources the background of the scenes described and the deeds enacted. At the same time copious notes keep us in touch with every phase of scholarly research pertinent to our subject. Thus is conveyed a true, realistic, and genuinely historical account of our Saviour’s appearance among men… In these two volumes the reader is constantly brought into intimate contact with the scenes and actors in the great drama, and above all with the central figure, Christ himself.
We cannot lay aside these volumes without having acquired a more practical and more profound appreciation of Christ himself, Son of God and Son of Mary. To him be glory, praise, and benediction forever!
—Joseph Husslein, S.J., Ph.D., General Editor, Science and Culture Series
St. Louis University