- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Paulist Press; Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809121743
- ISBN-13: 978-0809121748
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Community of the Beloved Disciple: The Life, Loves and Hates of an Individual Church in New Testament Times Paperback – January 1, 1978
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Using the uncommon characteristics of the Fourth Gospel, Raymond Brown laid out in this readable volume his theories of why this account of the gospel is so unique. With accompanying charts that lay out the various groups which may have composed the "Community of the Beloved Disciple," Brown makes his theory especially easy to grasp.
Losing Raymond Brown was a great loss for the entire Christian Church. Having heard him speak in person and having read many of his works, I strongly urge this particular volume upon you if you have an interest in the Fourth Gospel.
In this short book, Fr. Brown tackles some of the thorny problems that the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles present. Brown makes the not unreasonable assumption that these books were written for particular communities of early Christians, communities that considered themselves the spiritual descendants of the "Beloved Disciple," traditionally assumed to be John son of Zebedee but unnamed in the Gospel of John. These communities, Brown believes, were characterized by a high Christology (that is, a belief in the pre-existent divinity of Jesus as well as in his complete humanity) and a low ecclesiology (that is, a reliance on the Paraclete or Comforter (in the KJV) as the ultimate source of religious truth and a suspicion of ecclesiastical authorities).Read more ›
Raymond Brown, a respected scripture scholar, and perhaps the best known Catholic scripture scholar, gives the reader an excellent introduction to the community behind the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine epistles. He discusses this gospel, narrated by the so called "Beloved Disciple" who may or may not have been John, the struggle this community had with Jewish leaders, as well as the community's struggles with other Christian groups. This community was from a different geographic locale than many of the other Christian groups, most notably the Pauline churches, and theologically different from these groups as well. This history of this community spans a period of time that includes the Apostolic era, the Fall of the Temple, and its aftermath. We see the struggles of this community in the gospel itself, and how it derived strength and purpose from the Jesus Christ in the Gospel who is not afraid of controversy.
This book was published in 1979 and it has become a standard in studying John, at least from a Catholic perspective. Brown is not without controversy. Throughout his life he was always first and foremost a scholar and at times his writings ruffled a few feathers of more traditional Catholics and no doubt, some people who read the Bible literally.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got a whole new perspective on the Gospel of John and the epistles. Knew it was different (time and audience) than the synoptics but didn't have all the background info Brown's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anthony Tassone Jr.
Those who are serious about Johannine scholarship will want to read Raymond Brown's monograph. It is often a point
of departure in commentaries, journal articles, etc.
Interesting book but his account has been either rejected or vastly modified since its publication. Of course Brown himself admitted in the opening pages that if 60% of his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kenwit
Tem arrived early, as described and functions per specs. I would buy from this vendor again.Published 21 months ago by John C. Long
At church we are currently using this in a Scripture study on the Gospel of John. I found it difficult to read by itself but it provides a good point of discussion for our study. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Mitchell
The book is a classic on the church community that was responsible for the Fourth Gospel. It continues to be a helpful understanding of the forces at play that influenced this... Read morePublished 23 months ago by ght