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The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave, Volume 2: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) Paperback – December 18, 1998


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  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (December 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030014010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300140101
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,641 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DoctorD on February 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I will add to the reviews of part I and give this 5 stars. These volumes alone could be the complete life work of a scholar, so thorough a job Fr. Brown has done. The scope of his learning - the sheer number of footnotes - is mindboggling. I found the 2-volume series completely engrossing, but it still took 2 months to complete.

As stated in other reviews, these books analyze every single verse - indeed, every single word - of the Passion narratives. Furthermore, in volume 2, the reader is treated to 9 appendices that are self-contained scholarly articles in their own right. Also, useful for preaching purposes, at the end of Vol 2 is a cross-reference between every verse of the Passion and the page in which it is analyzed.

The only people who will be disappointed in this book are Bible literalists and John Dominic Crossan. Crossan really comes in for well-deserved criticism in volume 2, especially in Brown's analysis of the Gospel of Peter. Brown finds Bible criticism that does not admit the possibility that Jesus had extra-human powers to be foolishly limiting (which indicts Crossan), but is flexible enough to acknowledge that some Biblical stories, like Matthew's report of the dead rising from their graves upon Jesus' death, are not historically true.

I guess the other group who will not be happy will be fans of Luke's gospel. Although he never explicitly criticizes it, one gets the feeling Fr. Brown found Luke too wishy-washy for his tastes.

Finally, was there a better non-fiction stylist of the English language than Father Brown? His ability to take an extremely complicated subject, with multiple viewpoints, and present a coherent exposition of his understanding was rarely equalled.
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