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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

Praise for An Introduction to the New Testament
“A truly magnificent book, composed by our Catholic national treasure.”--Commonweal

“A tour de force by a great scholarly mind.”—America

Praise for The Death of the Messiah
“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

“A stunning aray of fresh insights into how the passion stories came into being and what—scene by scene—the four Evangelists really say about the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus.”—Newsweek

The Death of the Messiah is first of all a scholarly work, but it is also enjoyably readable and accessible to the interested layman.”—Newsday

Praise for The Birth of the Messiah
“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

“Recommended to readers at all levels and without reservation.”—America

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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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Product Details

  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300140150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300140156
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,752 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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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Bahij Bawarshi on January 17, 2004
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Before his sudden death in 1998 Raymond Brown was working on a revision of his widely acclaimed two-volume commentary on the Gospel of John (Anchor 29, 29A). What he left behind was a nearly completed new Introduction which, however, needed to be edited before publishing. The job fell to the highly qualified Francis Moloney, himself the author of several well-received publications on John. The result is a very valuable updating supplement to Brown's earlier work. My attempt to give something of the content and flavor of this book is of necessity selective.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Gierczak on April 17, 2013
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Raymond Brown was a top-notch Catholic biblical scholar and has written a plethora of books that can attest to this. In this book, Brown has put together an invaluable tool for better understanding all of the facets of the Gospel of John. Keeping up with the times, Brown was not afraid to revise and reconsider information he earlier espoused. This book can be read by a layperson or a serious biblical scholar.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Dawson on August 22, 2006
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This scholarly yet very readable book, researched by Raymond Brown and after his sudden death completed by Francis Moloney, gives interesting insights into the community for which the gospel was written,the historical setting of the community and the biblical references that would have helped them understand the meaning of the life of Jesus and how it effected their own lives. The symbolism, explored and explained,the divisions of the gospel and the outline from the book of signs to the book of glory help us today to greater understanding of the action of God in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aran Joseph Canes on May 12, 2015
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An Introduction to the Gospel of John is written very engagingly and serves as an excellent guide to 20th century Johannine scholarship. Moreover, Francis Moloney has done an impressive job editing the unfinished text into a complete work.
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KATHLEEN PATRIS on February 9, 2014
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This is a must read for anyone delving into the "love" gospel. And who is a better guide (although I often wish that someone would come out with the 'Reader's Digest' version of Ray Brown) than a scholar who is also obviously a lover. I don't need to hear all of the alternative theories, but I'm sure that some theology student's do.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hazel S. Short on June 26, 2007
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Raymond Brown is one of a small handful of Biblical interpreters whose work will be read and reread for ages to come. This is a wonderful introduction for all levels of Bible sudents.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freddy G. Castaneda on January 13, 2015
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Good book, I recommend you read, came in good condition and on time. Thank You
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david on February 2, 2015
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Very well done.He was the best.
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