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Zacchaeus and Jesus (Flipside Stories). Yes, that’s in Luke. I would pick about 30-40, among them the ones you picked out. Devotion to The Sacred Heart by Rev. The Sermon on the Mount contains a whole lot of things that he did say and one or two things that he probably didn’t. by Gerd Theissen The Christmas story is vital, but not much of it is history, which doesn’t matter. Nevertheless, these stories are fraught with both religious and deep theological meaning. And your Schweitzer on Schweitzer would focus on Jesus saying the end of the world was nigh…. He says there are three possibilities: 1. Not breaking up. Five Books interviews are expensive to produce. The followers of Jesus became first a Messianic sect within Judaism. Depends on what the objective is… for a summary of Catholic teaching you can use a catechism (several options are listed in the section ‘Catholic Bible, Catechism, Doctrine’ – for instance, the Catechism of St. Pius X is a more compact one. Others understood that prophets and priests were anointed by God. One place I often turn is a list composed by Fr. We’re now on to your final book, by British theologian Andrew Lincoln. Although we haven’t got much information about his personality, we get a sense of the human figure that has been an icon for Christians ever since. Jesus was all about God. Some did, but generally no. A picture of the outer history of Jesus doesn’t get at the inwardness of it all. . He isn’t wanting to be upset people by saying, ‘It’s a load of rubbish!’ He doesn’t think it is a load of rubbish. I knew him even before he was a professor, when he was teaching in a school and writing this book. Around December 25th was already a Roman pagan festival, Saturnalia. It’s a detail taken from Isaiah. It’s part of the Greek tradition and therefore comes into Christianity fairly early on. But clearly his crucifixion was a Roman decision and carried out by Romans. Maybe heaven has a library … For now I am constrained by time. Lincoln realizes that a lot of Christians still think it is historical, so you’ve got to engage with those questions, and give reasons why others think it’s not historical. Let’s talk about your fourth choice, Raymond Brown’s The Birth of the Messiah. So he’s written a book that has included what we know about Jesus’s history, but somehow gives it a sense of what it all means for him. I associated it more uniquely with Jesus. Was Judaism breaking up into different sects at that time? But it was the Hellenistic age, Greek was the lingua franca and a few miles from Nazareth there were Greek towns. But to write a good book about Jesus is difficult. So you’re right to focus on that as at the heart of the matter but of course it’s Jewish. Patrick O'Connell, The Fire of Christ's Love by Raniero Cantalamessa, Jesus and Mary: In Praise of Their Glorious Names by Fr. He has a lot of names: Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, the Galilean, the Messiah, Christ. Illustrated Book of Jesus edited by Fr. Looking for a Messiah they think they’ve found him. Read Some Christians also thought of him as a priest, even though he wasn’t of priestly descent like Caiaphas. Also what I found interesting was that ‘Love to God and to one’s neighbour’ was part of rabbinical teaching at that time. In the course of that, it says a lot about the Judaism of that period and of the political situation between the Romans and the Jews. So Matthew’s short birth narrative has a lot of quotations from the Old Testament. In my lifetime I’ve read quite a lot . If you don’t read German, you miss out on a lot that hasn’t been translated which is very good. Brown was an exegete. The Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Mother Mary in a special way on January 1st. Read. Jesus is the central figure following centuries of preparation, and followed by 2000 years of effects or follow-up. makes using the eyes of the heart to notice Jesus in our daily life a fun game for preschoolers. Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Lincoln is more generous towards conservative views than many, but he’s a critical theologian too. They can be used wherever you are. Joseph was the father, 2. The list is grouped by date, and sorted within each group (except for the very earliest works) alphabetically by name of author. But Jesus also remains ‘the Christ (of Israel)’ a designation showing his religious significance. Catholic Bibles. Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Sacred Heart and the Priesthood by Mother Louis Margaret, Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does) by Scott Hahn, Jesus' School of Life Incentives to Discipleship by Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn, The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ by Brant Pitre, Hope for the World To Unite All Things in Christ by Raymond Leo, The Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Croiset, The Litany of the Sacred Heart by Mario Collantes, Share Christ: Inviting Others into Friendship with Jesus by Nodar, Davis, and Fr. He’s saying, ‘Here’s something which some Christians think is absurd to think happened. Read. Isaiah Books. Most people in Palestine at that time would be speaking Aramaic. Let’s go on to the second book you’ve chosen, The Quest for the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer. John McCloskey. We were brought up to admire him. by Rudolf Bultmann But in the birth narrative Luke knows perfectly well that he is telling a story to bring out the real meaning, and he even does it in Biblical language. Catholic Bucket List: What Every Catholic Should Know (And Do) by Shaun McAfee. We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview. Miracles of the Child Jesus by Bob Lord - Catholic Softcover Book, 224 pp. What’s the most meaningful saying for you, of the ones he did say? Yes, nobody knows the date of Jesus’s birth. So you could read it as Jesus saying, ‘What’s the use if you’ve got everything and then drop dead?’ That’s a common sense interpretation. Best Catholic Books Of 2017. It is also generally agreed that he was arrested and executed by the Roman governor from 26 to 36CE, Pontius Pilate. Any of these 5 would make great gifts. With Descartes and the modern world you again get a sharp mind/body dualism. It’s because I’ve gone for classics and up until quite recently the Germans have been the great pioneers. Many of the books in the section ‘Our Faith’ are also great for learning about the Faith. How to Baptize and the Steps to Convert - 10.2. The western church plumped for December. Read. He wasn’t trying to be a revolutionary—overthrowing the Romans—which is what some Jews of the time wanted. They add hugely to our knowledge of one branch of sectarian Judaism at the time. by Raymond Brown The reason historical pictures of Jesus differ is that we disagree to some extent about which sayings he actually said, and which ones he didn’t. But that doesn’t matter. But, more importantly, I wanted to include a commentary. It’s one way that his followers said he was God’s special agent, more than a prophet and teacher, which he also clearly was. But how much the high priest, Caiaphas did, is a nice question. Yes, Luke knew he wasn’t writing history. I’ve chosen this book by a contemporary. I would find it very difficult to pick one. Jesus was totally and utterly and completely different. But then, when that got translated into the Greek as ‘soul’, it acquired new levels of meaning. That’s a nice story, because it has Jesus becoming a refugee. And the Jews didn’t have much to do with it. And he’s also a childhood hero: He was the missionary doctor in Africa from 1913 to 1965. All the stuff—say the ox and ass in the stable—they’re not there in Matthew or Luke. He was a professor of theology relating what he knew as a historian to what he believed as a Christian. Anyone who gives a direct portrait of Jesus is likely to be partly looking in the mirror. That’s the real dividing line, not whether he performed miracles or even how far his moral teaching is useful today, or how Christians can understand the central mystery of their faith: his vindication by God and risen presence with and in God, and by his Spirit, in the world. But they’re there in the creed, so they’re part of Christian doctrine, and therefore important to reflect on. Attending to someone else reflecting on him can get more of the inwardness of what is going on in Jesus, which Christians call God. Thank you and God bless. Always keep the holy book in your hands, that it may nourish your soul by devout reading. He was more like Nietzsche’s superman. I think he probably saw his execution as following through what God was wanting of him. He’s goes into the mystery of the Virgin Birth in a very practical way doesn’t he? No, they don’t. But there were a lot of Essenes living elsewhere and some of them probably became followers of Jesus. You mentioned the Dead Sea Scrolls. What actually happened, I don’t suppose he knows, but he’s very cautious and reverently agnostic about it. You’ve got a Roman occupying army with a very volatile people who think they shouldn’t be there. by Albert Schweitzer Keys to the Message and Devotion By: Gaitley Michael E. Christus Vincit Christ's Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age, Let Us Become Friends Of Jesus by Jeanne Kun, Miracles of Divine Mercy by Father Stephen Lesniewski, Revelations of St. Bridget: On the Life and Passion of Our Lord and the Life of His Blessed Mother, Marrying the Rosary to to the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Many Jews were expecting a son of David—that is to say, a royal figure—who would rescue the nation from Roman imperialism. It’s not an either/or between son of Joseph or son of God. Nor do I. Christmas is a huge part of the way people participate in Christianity! Somewhere. 5 Why is it important to include a commentary? With full color illustrations, this book will inspire all who take time apart regularly or seek to … Ralph Gorman, On the Passion of Christ: According to the Four Evangelists: Prayers and Meditations by Thomas A Kempis, Day by Day with Jesus-A Stand-Up Calendar for Catholics. I’m in the middle of it, I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m completely hooked. Ethics doesn’t have to be religious, but often ethics has been. If you’re involved in teaching RCIA, know someone who recently converted to the Catholic faith, or just came home to the Church yourself, put this book on your to-read list for 2019. There are scores of historical books about Jesus and thousands of articles, hundreds of theological books, and thousands of religious books. He is the key to my belief in God. It centers on the person of Jesus. He’s not interested in the brute facts of Jesus’s life. Baptism - 10.1. I Will Come Myself by Fr. But you’ve got to be historically informed to do that responsibly. He and his wife, Jane, live in Illinois. Schweitzer’s accounts of all the other people are wonderful but I don’t buy his own reconstruction. In Luke, which is a much longer one, he talks about John the Baptist’s birth as well as Jesus’s. Rudolf Bultmann was the greatest New Testament theologian of the 20th century. The conservative side of the German church was hostile to Biblical criticism. The array of available Catholic books is vast and I wish I could hit pause on my life, curl up on my patio, and read for eleven years. He’s also a brilliant preacher. Ethics and philosophical ethics can be discussing moral principles without much sense of wonder about why there is a world at all. What Jesus Saw from the Cross, by A.G. Sertillanges, The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis B1212, A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy, by Theresa Bonapartis, The Way of the Cross According to the Method of St. Alphonse Liguori, Novena In Honor of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Compassionate Blood by Fr. The Hebrew word ‘mashiach’ means anointed. Catholic Books. Shall we start with the book by Rudolf Bultmann? The Bible teaches that Baptism is Necessary for Salvation - 10.3. Andrew Apostoli, Meditations on the Passion: The Way of the Cross by Susanna Tamaro, The Day Christ Died: The Inspiring Classic on the Last 24 Hours of Jesus' Life by Jim Bishop, A Month's Journey with the Merciful Jesus by Allan F. Wright, Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: A Heart on Fire by James Kubicki, The Last Hours of Jesus: from Getsemane to Golgotha by Fr. Exactly. Nazareth is the village where he was brought up in Galilee, Galilee being the whole area. It’s a short novel about someone made to spy on Jesus by the Roman authorities, to see whether he really is a danger to them. This pocket-sized 48 page book offers quotes and reflections from more than 20 Saints - from St. Alphonsus Liguori to St. Thomas Aquinas - on the gift of the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more about Books and how Dynamic Catholic books and programs can change your parish and individual faith life! Some people think John the Baptist may have had some contact with this monastic sect at Qumran, near the Dead Sea. He’s the most creative Biblical scholar of my generation, so he had to be on this list. He’s one of our two best New Testament theologians in England. . Also, they’ve fed into the tradition in a lot of different ways. Lukas Etlin, O.S.B. The reason I included it was the sheer theological seriousness of it. Others think it’s really important that it’s historically accurate—fundamentalists really do think that—so let’s try and understand both sides and see all the different layers of meaning.’ What matters is what it means, but to unpack that, you have to get at why some people think it’s important that it happened, and to get the two sides to able to talk to each other — so that you don’t have the absurd situation where some Christians are not talking to other Christians because they think the others have got it all wrong. The Jews as a whole didn’t, no. A commentary addresses the difficulties that a reader is likely to find in the biblical text, difficulties that are not only historical but also hermeneutical and to do with religious or theological meaning—what it’s all about. He saw his own history writing as a dialogue with history, and his own apprehension of Jesus as confronting him with a decision about the meaning of his life, God and the world. Everything Theissen writes is creative. That’s the Christmas story. Dr. Phelps is the author of two books, The Believer s Edge and The Secret of Wealth. It’s what that might mean that’s difficult to get your hands on. Italian unification was one of the great political dramas of 19th century Europe, transforming a patchwork of territories speaking different languages into the nation-state of Italy. Here, historian Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti discusses the people and ideas that brought it about and how its disputed legacy continues to impact Italy today. He could have written a commentary on this like the Ray Brown book, but actually to have a big theological reflection on it, including what the greatest 19th century theologian—there is a chapter on Schleiermacher, the founder of modern of theology in the book—made of it all, is an amazing achievement. And his mother was Mary. The significance of Jesus is bound to be different for Christians and for non-Christians. So his relationship to God, which was important for him, is also important for those who call themselves his followers today. If you’re an intelligent Christian you need to see how you understand the tradition and he makes it clear how he does. So does the distinction between body and soul come in only with Descartes? Jesus himself is for Christians the focus of God revealing himself to the world and putting the world right. Reimarus died in 1768 and was part published by Lessing in 1774-8. Robert Morgan was Reader In New Testament theology at the University of Oxford and is vicar of Sandford-on-Thames. So, yes there has got to be common ground in terms of moral values between Christianity and a lot of other people. There’s very little history in there, except that Jesus was born. I believe in God, the mystery that can be known only if somehow God makes it happen. So ‘Christ’ means the one anointed by God. Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation by Matthew Kelly, Every Step with Jesus: Following the Saints In The Way of the Cross by John Collins, The Holy Veil of Manoppello by Paul Badde, Jesus With Us: The Gift of the Eucharist by A. Tarzia and J. Ferri. That’s what’s so good, when we come to it, about Gerd Theissen’s book, the use he makes of these. Catholic Dogma teaches that Baptism is Necessary for Salvation 11. He writes, “The stories do not have the same historical value as the stories of Jesus’s Ministry.” But he still thinks they have enormous value doesn’t he? I love God. Except that Jesus was born and that Jesus was important. New Testament scholar Robert Morgan talks us through his favourite books on Jesus. Some of the scholarship you’ll see in the footnotes. Kevin Scallon, C.M. There’s a reference to Jesus in Matthew as the son of the carpenter, but Mark’s earlier account says ‘Is not this the carpenter?’ Presumably Joseph had died. Like the rest of them, I have opinions about what he did say, and what he probably didn’t say. He was that historical figure about whom we know a certain amount. The Greek church actually celebrates it more on January 6th. That’s part of it, but it’s not the only part. Unlike Roman Catholicism there was no mechanism for chucking you out if you were a Bible critic. In the early 18th century, English Deists were pioneers in criticism of the Bible and dogma, but in the 19th century all the leaders were German or German influenced. You mentioned as we were walking here that you’ve read more than 200 books about Jesus. Mitch Pacwa, 33 Years In The Holy Land: What Jesus Saw from Bethlehem to Golgotha by FR. The particular book I’ve chosen is amazing. Also, Christians in the modern world are going to see him differently, in some ways, from Christians 300 years ago. Jesus apparently said love your enemies as well. In France, it was often anti-religious, or anti-Catholic. So I like to get different people’s perspectives on that and then make up my own mind. So when Jesus says, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” (Mark 8:36) all that is meant by ‘loses his soul’ is ‘dies’.”. I put Raymond Brown in for two little reasons and one big reason. Traditional Roman Catholic Books. How much of that depends on the historical reality? That has to do with the kind of writing we’ve got here. Hi, I am looking at buying authoritive and well respected books on the subjects of Catholicism, Jesus, theology, you name it. That secondary meaning is also true, and more profound. They saw him as a mediating figure, bringing them into relationship with God. So the notice on the cross, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ meant Messiah, a warning to the population about where power lay. That remained roughly true till about 1970. He sees the spirit of God is at work in all this. … The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion By Fr. B elow are my top 5 favorite books on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bethlehem is down south, near Jerusalem, where, the legend has it, he was born, because it was expected, by some of the prophets, that the Messiah would be born in that city of David. But what else do we know about Jesus and what is his significance in an increasingly secular age? I also needed to have an American, because in the last 40 years, Americans have been the most productive in writing about Jesus. I’d include most of the Sermon on the Mount. They had their own founder, the ‘teacher for righteousness’ who died 150 years earlier. But with a religious tradition spanning two millennia, thousands of saints, and millions of titles, where to begin? They would naturally be nervy and what St. John’s Gospel says Caiaphas thought—We need to get him removed otherwise we’ll be in trouble with the Romans—might actually be how it was. Schweitzer says, ‘No. The Sanctifier by Luis Martinez - Catholic Softcover Book, 320 pp. Their community, at Qumran, by the Dead Sea, was wiped out by the Romans in the Jewish War. So all our knowledge of him comes from? With some exceptions, it’s only in the last 40 years that the Roman Catholics and Americans have made major contributions. The Greek word that we translate as soul—namely psyche— comes up 500 to 600 times in the Greek Old Testament as a translation of ‘nefesh,’ which means life. 3. I’m constantly flicking to the back to read what’s in the footnotes, which is a definite first for me for any book on anything. What did they add in terms of our knowledge of Jesus? One one side there are folks that argue it is a phrase stolen from Evangelical Protestants and is empty of meaning. I want to be the best Catholic I can be and educating myself about my faith will help in that regard. 3 Arthur J. Serratelli, Novena in Honor of The Infant Jesus of Prague Pamphlet, Day by Day with Saint Faustina 365 Reflections by Susan Tassone, Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls by John Bergsma, A God Who Questions By: Leonard J. DeLorenzo, You Did It to Me By, Father Michael E Gaitley MIC. Jesus’s proclamation of God or the kingdom of God and the will of God, about how we should live, communicates something of that and says ‘It’s about you: are you going to go along with this and become a disciple or a follower? After 10 years, you’ll be better read than most college professors. What I find interesting about Jesus is that there is much in this teaching that is attractive to a non-believer. Sophie Roell, editor of Five Books, takes us through her personal choice of the best nonfiction books of 2020. What other languages? Great retelling of the story of Zaccheus, reinforced by it being told twice. For believers, he is a living presence through whom they believe themselves to be in relationship to God. Tacitus, Pliny the younger and Suetonius all reflect what is widely known through the existence and witness of his followers. A.G. Sertillanges, Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Reverend Peter J. Arnoudt, Miraculous Images of Our Lord by Joan Carroll Cruz, Humility of Heart by Fr. In a way, for me, reading these books you’ve chosen the other night, it felt like I was interacting with 2000 years of history. and God. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Best Books on the History of Christianity, The Incompatibility of Religion and Science, Religious and Social History in the Ancient World Books, High School Teachers Recommend Books by Subject. You’ve got all these material possessions but you lose your personal integrity or your real ‘self.’ It’s worthless and pointless. It’s getting at the truth of Jesus through a novel. You wouldn’t be competent if you couldn’t. It’s the story of Israel and the Messiah . So the German church as a whole was open to Biblical criticism sooner than the Church of England. Browse by Brand, Author & more Hide Filters Show Filters Brand Augustine Institute (4) No, because the word Messiah has a range of meanings. Of course Jesus was crucified and that’s at the centre of things, but Bultmann sidesteps the whole dogmatic structure of Christian belief. ... Mary, the mother of God, and in simple and poetic language, reveals truths about womanhood, humanity, and ultimately, Jesus … Read That was startling. The important thing is whether or not you think he reveals God. That’s just level one. The Infant Jesus of Prague by Rev. Dogma and Doctrine 10. Read That’s the important thing. Questions of DNA or the biological issue are a total non-issue for us. That means he’s trying to say what the texts are saying. Arnold, On They Way To Jesus Christ by Joseph Ratzinger, The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross by Scott Hahn, The Cries of Jesus from the Cross: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, From The Cross To The Empty Tomb by Rev. It’s got a very strong ethical or moral dimension. So for you, Jesus is someone who teaches what? But it’s absolutely loaded with scholarship and theological reflection. The question ‘Who was he?’ puts the emphasis on the historical question. Yes, he does a bit. ... Books selected Currently Refined by Category: Books ... Rediscover Jesus. The Hebrew word ‘mashiach’ means anointed. All the New Testament is written in Greek, and it contains our main sources of historical knowledge of Jesus. So ‘Christ’ means the one anointed by God.”. Liberal theologians disliked dogma or the doctrine, even though the Gospels are themselves interpretations. Please don’t feel overwhelmed. Modern Catholic Bibles; Douay-Rheims Bible; Bible Study; Catholic Liturgy. The title is a question: Born of a Virgin? We publish at least two new interviews per week. Our goal in life should be to cultivate a close relationship with Jesus. As a historical figure he is also of legitimate interest to anybody. Hundreds of thousands of people come to Jerusalem at Passover, there’s a risk of riots. I wish he’d been a woman because then I’d have a woman writer as well: I’m afraid these books are all by white males, and three of them are dead. And it’s ethics in a different context, and gets a different flavour, from being in a religious context. In Germany, the Enlightenment was quite religious and quite Protestant and therefore German theology, like German philosophy, took on board the Enlightenment early on, and a big strand in German academic theology was infused with Enlightenment beliefs and values. What do we call the mystery of God becoming Man? However, if more Catholics read this whole list, it would lead to a much more literate, informed and impassioned Church, ready and able to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world! Why are there so many Germans on your list? Now we’re saying, ‘Let’s see also what artists and novelists and musicians and poets have made of it.’ All that is part of the impact of Jesus, and the impact is as important as how it all began. Your third choice of book is yet again by a German. At Mass with Jesus on Calvary: Reflections on the Prayers of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist by Fr. When you purchase through this link, it benefits the ministry of Catholic-Link.org with no additional cost to you! Jesus may have understood some Greek, and he would have understood Hebrew. I also love books. There are also scores of scholarly books on each of the four gospels. They will definitely help you grow in your love for Christ through Mary.. 5. Maria of Guadalupe: Shaper of History Shaper of Hearts by Paul Badde I’m on … That’s the main Christmas story, in Luke, plus the wise ones, the Magi, in Matthew. Schweitzer picks up on him saying—which I don’t think Jesus actually said—in Matthew 10, “You will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Kingdom of God comes.” Like a number of sayings in the Gospels, I think that reflects a slightly later perspective of some people who did expect that end very soon, as Paul did. Joseph was presumably dead by the time Jesus was grown up, as he doesn’t appear. Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, must be the center, the criteria and the model for our daily lives. Its English title is Jesus and the Word, and it dates from 1926. That’s what I found fascinating in a number of these books, the author going ‘Jesus is quoted as saying X. But they can only give their own interpretations. Looking at Jesus as a historical figure, one of the books mentioned that the first mention of him in the secular literature comes only in the second century, in Tacitus. 1. I thought you were going to say being Dutch you were Calvinist. I’m Dutch so maybe it’s predictable I’ve come to think of myself as humanist. I think he probably was helped by one of the inner group of 12 disciples to make the arrest possible away from the crowds. The reason I picked him out—in a book that is now 90 years old and therefore in some ways out of date (it was written before the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947)—is that he was writing after 60-odd years of people writing lots of lives of Jesus. What his significance is is a huge question that keeps cropping up and is between the lines of everything else that we say about these books. A lot of Bultmann’s remarks are gunning against the people who have written before him. Where is Jesus Hidden? He points us to God. God was the father, but that’s a problem given what we now know about DNA. Read. Or are you just going to look at it in the historical distance and say, “That’s interesting”.’, Here’s a passage from the book that I found intriguing: “We are accustomed to distinguish between the physical or sensuous and the mental or spiritual life. That particular saying of Jesus—one of the gospels the existence and witness of his line Convert - 10.2 Refined... 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