6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm.), 366 pages
1st page (Beatitudes):
In this book I am gathering the words of the Christ. We need to remember that what He said, even in the greatest possible isolation, as it happens in this volume, is not His property in the same manner that a book belongs to its author.
If He had written these words, this would be His book, however the Disciples recorded them, each one according to his own personality and to his particular relationship with Him. How I understand their meaning, can be seen in the footnotes, where I suggest some possible interpretations calling to a discussion.
The thought of the Christ becomes our own containing through the Disciples some of their personal features. In any case He is united with each of us -- there cannot ever appear a pure knowledge of Him, independent from our personal relationship with Him. We contribute ourself to His knowledge and we understand Him as ourself.
Paying attention to a single book or to just a group of books, proves a distance from Himself, who warns that "whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, or even greater": we need any significant thinking in order to support our own thinking.
Yet, what Christ said is the most important, if not for any other reason, because His words establish a new mentality. The works that followed in the so called 'western' civilizations -- of the USA, Europe, Russia, etc. -- the most significant and the most insignificant works -- would not even have appeared without the thinking of the Christ that precedes them.