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An Introduction to the Gospel of John (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) Hardcover – Unabridged, May 1, 2003
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Advance Praise for An Introduction to the Gospel of John
“A bittersweet read! Intended as the introduction to a major revision of the landmark Anchor Bible commentary on John, but sadly cut off by his death in 1998, this work stands alone as a magnificent survey of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel. With his accustomed thoroughness and respect for the work of others, even in disagreement, Brown updates and often moves beyond positions first articulated over three decades ago. Scholars will be long in debt to Francis Moloney for his own insightful introduction and conclusion as well as for signposts along the way which point to shifts in Brown's work along with developments subsequent to his death, and current bibliography. This eminently readable work will extend the influence of Brown well into the present century.”—Fr. John Donahue, Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, St. Mary’s Seminary and University
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“A truly magnificent book, composed by our Catholic national treasure.”--Commonweal
“A tour de force by a great scholarly mind.”—America
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“Father Raymond Brown has a strong claim to be the most distinguished of American New Testament scholars, and he has few competitors worldwide.”—New York Times
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“Brown manages to rescue the Christmas story from both the contempt of experts and the sentimentality of naïve laymen…Ordinary Christians can thank this priestly scholar for helping them to put the adult Christ back into Christmas.”—Newsweek
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From the Inside Flap
When Raymond E. Brown died in 1998, less than a year after the publication of his masterpiece, An Introduction to the New Testament, he left behind a nearly completed revision of his acclaimed two-volume commentary on the Gospel of John. The manuscript, skillfully edited by Francis J. Moloney, displays the rare combination of meticulous scholarship and clear, engaging writing that made Father Brown?s books consistently outsell other works of biblical scholarship.
An Introduction to the Gospel of John represents the culmination of Brown?s long and intense examination of part of the New Testament. One of the most important aspects of this new book, particularly to the scholarly community, is how it differs from the original commentary in several important ways. It presents, for example, a new perspective on the historical development of the Gospels, and shows how Brown decided to open his work to literary readings of the text, rather than relying primarily on the historical, which informed the original volumes. In addition, there is an entire section devoted to Christology, absent in the original, as well as a magisterial new section on the representation of Jews in the Gospel of John.
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The major effort is Brown's, but the contribution of Moloney is substantial. He supplies (1) a helpful editor's introduction, (2) a speculative conclusion, (3) an excursus on narrative-critical approaches to the Gospel of John (adapted, mostly word for word, from a similar excursus in his Sacra Pagina commentary), (4) an excursus on the history of the Johannine community, (5) editor's notes to clarify or add to Brown's text, (6) the outline and major themes of chapters 13-21 that Brown did not get around to writing, and (7) updates of Brown's bibliographies. Not least interesting are those instances where the two scholars differ. Thus, in his Introduction Moloney debates the Johannine use of Son of Man, and again in an extended note where Brown first dismisses Moloney's 1976 exegesis of two relevant verses (p. 257, n.87). He objects to Brown's references to the replacement of Jewish institutions and is much happier when Brown, rather, speaks of their fulfillment.Read more ›
But the title An Introduction to the Gospel of John is somewhat of a misnomer. The work is structured around a discussion of modern biblical scholarship followed by Brown’s expert commentary on this same scholarship. I would suggest that a true introduction to the gospel would be organized around answering questions such as, “Why was the gospel written?”, “What message is the author or authors trying to convey in different parts of the gospel?”, or “Why are there similarities and differences between John’s gospel and the Synoptics?”
It’s not that these questions aren’t discussed, but the bulk of the work is devoted to the fascinating, but in my opinion secondary questions of the different topics that 20th century biblical scholars have argued about. However, Brown was an ingenious scholar and his review and discussion of these arguments are well worth reading.
An Introduction to 20th century scholarship on the Gospel of John, yes. An Introduction to the Gospel of John, no.
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Good book, I recommend you read, came in good condition and on time. Thank YouPublished 12 months ago by Freddy G. Castaneda
Fantastic and beautiful beyond description- what else can be said of the Word and about the Gospel of St John?Published 17 months ago by christine o'riley
Gospel of John by Raymond E. Brown
I choose the book as a classroom assignment. It was clear and consist and very helpful. It made doing the homework easier.
I was a little disappointed with this book. Most of it is actually written by Fitzmyer. An okay resource, but I was expecting more.Published on December 15, 2013 by David M. Wall
This book offers the commentary and insights one has come to expect from Father Brown. It is good for discussion groups or personal reading.Published on April 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book was very useful and informative as expected with up to date perspectives on John's gospel.Published on February 3, 2010 by Dennis D. Schurter