Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI: Jesus of Nazareth

Benedict XVI’s three volume scholarly portrait of the historical Jesus gathered from Scripture, Tradition, and insight. ISBN recommendations: 158617198415861750090385346409

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Second Council of Nicaea

Decrees of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (A.D. 787) which was summoned to address the issue of iconoclasm. The council declared the production and exposure of art representing Christ and the saints to be an authentic ecclesiastical tradition in harmony with the spread of the gospel. Image above links to Tanner translation. ISBN recommendation: 0-87840-490-2.  For a more detailed defense of holy art, see St. John of Damascus: Apologies Against Those Who Attack the Divine Images in Appendix I.

Third Council of Constantinople

Decrees of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 680-681) which proclaimed and confirmed, against the teaching of the Monothelites, two natural volitions and two natural principles of action in Christ, His human will following and subject to His Divine Will. Image above links to Tanner translation. ISBN recommendation: 0-87840-490-2

Second Council of Constantinople

Decrees of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), summoned by the Emperor Flavius Justinian, which condemned as Nestorian and heretical teachings expounded by Theodore, bishop of Mopsuestia; Theodoret; and the so called letter of Ibas to Mari the Persian. Image above links to Tanner translation. ISBN recommendation: 0-87840-490-2

Council Of Ephesus

Decrees of the Third Ecumenical Council (A.D. 431) which explained and confirmed, against the teaching of Nestorius of Constantinople, that the Marian title Theotokos (Mother of GOD) was not in contradiction to the Catholic Faith. Image above links to Tanner translation. ISBN recommendation: 0-87840-490-2