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The Gospel and Epistles of John: A Concise Commentary Paperback – 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0814612835 ISBN-10: 0814612830
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Raymond E. Brown, S.S., (1928-1998) was the Auburn Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was author of some forty books on the Bible and past president of three of the most important biblical societies in the world. By appointment of two popes (Paul VI in 1972, John Paul II in 1996) Brown was a member of the Roman Pontifical Biblical Commission. Time magazine called him "probably the premier Catholic Scripture scholar of the U.S."
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  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814612830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814612835
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,623 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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Dujmovic VINE VOICE on February 20, 2004
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This concise commentary on the Gospel and epistles of John, at less than 130 pages, packs in an immense amount of Father Brown's unparalleled scholarship while retaining his typically fresh and readable style. If Fr. Brown's work is the perfect way for Christians to delve deep into Catholic and Orthodox biblical studies, this book is the perfect introduction to his work. If you've read one of his massive tomes (which themselves are highly recommended, but be prepared for an intellectual commitment), this one may seem a bit thin, but even so it will be worthwhile.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dubious Disciple on January 30, 2011
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This book is now 23 years old, but it is one that every Bible scholar must read. Raymond Brown is considered by many to be the premier Johannine scholar of the 20th century, and is widely acknowledged by both the Church and by academia. Brown began writing about John and the Johannine community in 1960, culminating a quarter-century later in an exhaustive, 800-page tome on the epistles in 1982. This book brings it all together in one concise commentary. If you fancy yourself a Bible scholar but you don't have time to study all of Brown's works, you must at least read this short book.

You'll find in this book no comprehensive discussion of the Johannine community, of the development and authorship of the Gospel, or even of Johannine theology in general. You'll find very little about Brown's contributions to understanding Johannine eschatology or to the identification of the "beloved disciple." What you will get is a concise verse-by-verse commentary of the Gospel and epistles, which in itself provides a taste of Brown's thinking.

Scripture from the Revised New Testament is printed on the top of each page, with Brown's commentary on the bottom half. Because it's a summary only, providing nothing new or provocative, I have a hard time granting it more than three stars, yet it is a must-read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Lundy on December 10, 2007
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A clear and concise exploration of the New Testament Traditon of John in the exegetical method through exploration of themes and overarching messages of the Jesus tradition as portrayed in John. Primarily using accurate historical consideration (ie. geographic, class, and other differences of the time)to explain the written and translated text in an understandable way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Madeline A. Ashley on April 5, 2009
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Fr. Raymond Brown is deceased, (1998), but his works live on. He was a noted Catholic Biblical scholar and a real good human being and priest. I have tapes of many of his talks that he did over the years and several of his books, the latest I bought being "The Gospel and Epistles of John". He wrote extensively on Biblical subjects and did several Bible Commentaries, notable the Anchor Bible Commentary section on John's Gospel. I just enjoy reading his insights and admire his scholarship. I was first introduced to Fr. Brown at the Religious Education Congress held yearly in Anaheim. He gave a wonderful talk on the story of the woman at the well (Jn.4:42) and I loved to listen to the tape of this talk--he made you feel like you were there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 18, 2012
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Raymond Brown was the dean of all schollars who concentrated on John. His translation and interpretation is the best I have found. His finding the nuances of the Gospel writers style gives Brown's readers a unique insight to the Gospel.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Cuellar on February 24, 2007
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Excellent tool to expand my knowledge and to know a more precise perspective of the gospel and epistles of John.
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By W. Moore on February 21, 2015
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Brown is known for his scholarly work. This commentary is an abbreviated version of a larger work. This gets right to the heart of the matter, and is a great help in an in-depth study of John, and the epistles of John.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By King Dimholt on August 28, 2006
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While I can't quite place this book of Father Brown's on the same level as his "Crucified Christ In Holy Week" or "A Once and Coming Spirit At Pentecost," this book of Father Brown's is still well done and presents some things we should know as Christians. One of the most airheaded things I have ever heard about the Gospel According to John was that she didn't like it because of its hostile tone. Well, she apparently didn't know that at the time this 4th Gospel was written, the early Christians were being persecuted by the Jewish authorities. It was NOT my priest who made this airheaded comment, but it was someone in authority. She apparently doesn't read much about why the Gospels were written. What Father Brown does in this book is that he gives you the text from the Gospel According to John as well as the Epistles from John. And he provides his commentaries beneath the passages. (It's virtually a sermon on the the whole Gospel According to John as well as his epistles.) Some interesting points Father Brown raises is that John the Baptist is foreshadowed in Isaiah 40:3 as well as Malichi 3:1. Also, he points out that the reason Jesus may have chased out the money changers was to emphasize that burnt offerings were outdated. (Amongst other things, why waste money or kill the animals if there is no point?) We all have heard the story of the Good Samaritan. In this book, Father Brown explains that a Samaritan is a Jew who only acknowledges the first 5 Books of the Old Testament and to some extent follows some Pagan beliefs. (Today, we could see that as perhaps saying that the most religious person is not the most holy. A moderate church goer who knows some things and tries to be a good person may come off better than someone who knows the Bible inside and out.Read more ›
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