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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809135167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809135165
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond E. Brown, S.S., taught for many years at Saint Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was Professor of Biblical Studies at the Union Theological Seminary for two decades. He was the author of three books in the Anchor Bible series on the Gospels and Epistles of John and wrote the classic Anchor Bible Reference Library volumes The Birth of the Messiah, The Death of the Messiah, and An Introduction to the New Testament. He died in 1998.

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Very easy read.
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This book is a treasure for Christians who seek to love the Lord their God with all their minds.
Kerry Sullivan
Raymond Brown is one of the master biblical scholars of the twentieth century, in any language.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Glickenhaus on January 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book does not presume to be an exhaustive study, but hopes to relate a simplified (not simplistic) account of NT Christology. There are four reasons why Father Brown has achieved his purpose:
First, he is clear. The book does not leave the reader wondering what Christological options are among contemporary and outdated scholarship nor where he himself falls in that spectrum. Throughout the book he italizes the point he intends to communicate, and closes each chapter and section with the salient features communicated therein. Furthermore, Brown does not burden the reader with overly technical language, but writes with simplicity for the layperson. If he does use the language of scholarship, he always explains its meaning and import.
Second, he is thoroughly organized, which provides the Christological neophyte with logical categories by which the information may be easily assimilated. There are points and subpoints, but never does he lose the reader in the minutae or become opaque.
Third, he is brief. However, he is so without doing injustice to an admittedly complex and highly technical subject. He continually keeps in mind his introductory ambition, and consequently allows the recommended reading list at the close of the book to elucidate the subject.
Fourth, R. Brown takes a moderately conservative approach, which allows him to moderate the subject to fundamentalists and liberals alike. Each will be challenged by his perspective.
He accomplishes majestically his purpose, thereby offering a substantial work for the beginner.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Meadows on May 13, 2000
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i guess this will be just another five star review for father brown! raymond brown (now deceased) was a catholic priest and a moderately critical new testament theologian PAR EXCELLENCE. this, like his other works, is well-reasoned, thorough, and essentially impartial. probably the best overall introduction to Christology (which one might define as the study of not only of Jesus, but of His relationship to His surroundings). father brown concentrates on subjects such as Jesus' preception of Himself and His purpose, the probable reaction of His comtemporaries to His teachings, and the overall picture we get from the gospels. this is tremendous scholarship distilled into a brief readable capsule! you will respect this work whether you are fundamentalist or pagan!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Sullivan on July 28, 1999
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This little book is remarkable. I spent a month with it. It is a compact, scholarly, and informative introduction to a very important and complex subject. Father Brown apologizes neither for his faith nor for the generally unblinking, critical scholarship he applies to to his subject. This book is a treasure for Christians who seek to love the Lord their God with all their minds.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1997
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I used this text as a primary text in a high school course in Christology successfully by helping the students along in their comprehension of some concepts. It is a good text for those who are serious about their studies. Generally I'd recommend it for college level readers or beyond, but with the right mix it works at senior high level
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on January 18, 2005
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Raymond Brown (1928-1998) was probably the best-known Catholic biblical scholar in the U.S. He was controversial because his views on the Bible were center to left, yet nonetheless his books earned the imprimatur of the Catholic Church and he even was appointed a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. While Fr. Brown appeared to support most of the Church's teaching, it's hard to imagine that his "critical" approach ever did much to increase the faith of Catholics.

AN INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY (1994) is an excellent introduction to Christology from the "centrist" perspective. Brown hits on many of the standard topics in Christology such as the "titles" of Jesus, the resurrection, the messianic expectations of the Jews, and the like. (It is an introduction and therefore does not cover topics that are found in longer works.)

What is most frustrating is that while Brown discusses other views, he generally limits the options to the center/left perspective. For example, the synoptic gospels report that on at least three occasions Jesus predicted his death (Mk. 8:31; 9:31; 10:33-34 & par). What does Fr. Brown say about these? Well, "it is difficult to decide about Jesus' foreknowledge of his passion, crucifixion, and resurrection." [P. 49.] Now, if these predictions were simply "retrojected" by the early church, it is at least interesting to note that: (1) Jesus refers to himself as the "Son of man" in these passages - an expression which does not appear in the early church; and (2) there is no mention of the crucifixion or the atonement in Mark, which one might expect if they were later theological reflections put in the mouth of Jesus. Considering that Mark was probably the first gospel written, such arguments should carry some weight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By matt on April 22, 2012
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Fr. Raymond Brown is one of the master biblical scholars of the twentieth century, in any language. For an introduction to New Testament Christology, this is the first book I always recommend to friend or students. Why? It is not only his erudition that marks him out as unique, but also his ability to clearly and concisely present scholarly analysis of the Scriptures in a way that is neither fundamentalist, which denies the notion of studying the texts as texts to be studied apart from devotion, often treating them in an ahistorical vacuum, nor as the dismissive Jesus Seminar brand of pseudo-scholarship, which begins with the presupposition that if God even exists, miracles are de jure impossible, and therefore the bible is a bunch of neat myths "to produce social and moral coherence". Rather, Brown takes the middle path, which he also argues convincingly is the historical path. Historical in two senses: Treating history as something that is revealed to us in the texts, and historical in the sense that it is what is mist true the Church's reflection upon the experience of said history. If you take a moment to read his introduction available with the "look inside" function you can see how he sets his course for the book.

While this is only meant to be an introduction to beginners, and not a text for deeper study, Brown covers all the bases in a preliminary fashion that gives the reader real reasons for the various schools of thought in current biblical study on Jesus, while always interacting with the texts themselves to present his view that the Church is actually correct in what it teaches about Jesus Christ and God on the basis of Scripture. That said, he is not willy-nilly in his treatment of those with whom he disagrees.
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