Jesus and Jonah in Ratzinger’s “Jesus of Nazareth”

I’m re-reading Joseph Ratzinger’s “Jesus of Nazareth” in anticipation for the second volume in March. A friend of mine and I are going to read it together and discuss it every week (over beer and wings, no less) so that when the second volume comes out, we can continue reading that. I read this sentence tonight and thought about how great it is that Ratzinger sees Jesus/Jonah in other ways than just the “three days and three nights.” The quote is:

…Jesus loaded the burden of all mankind’s guilt upon his shoulders; he bore it down into the depths of the Jordan. He inaugurated his public activity by stepping into the place of sinners. His inaugural gesture is an anticipation of the Cross. He is, as it were, the true Jonah who said to the crew of the ship, “Take me and throw me into the sea” (Jon 1.12). Ratzinger, Jesus of Nazareth (p. 18)

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