Jim wrote: "Moreover, it looks as if Ratzinger stopped his NT studies
about 40 years ago."
Not too surprising for a non-specialist. Liturgists are particularly bad
at this, hence the awful "Save us from the time of trial" in modern
versions of the Lord's Prayer, when "do not put us to the test" would be
better. Listmembers may know me as a fairly conservative sort, but even
I wouldn't buy a book on the Historical Jesus from the present Pope. I
might be interested in one written by Carlo Martini - if the Pope
allowed it to be published, that is!
JOHN E STATON