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The Gospel and Epistles of John: A Concise Commentary

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814612830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814612835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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By R. Mckissick on September 30, 2011
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The standard work. More referenced than any other, it is the manual. Frank, it admits the known and unknown. Difficult to read, it is intended for scholars - like Koestner. It could use updating by someone.
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We are using Raynond Brown's (Concise Commentary) book in our studies at UDLLI with our learned theologin.
To date we are learning the first part of John. When resuming Spring, 2013, we will study the 2nd part. UDLLI (University of Dayton: Lifelong Learning Institute) Must be 50 yrs. old to attend. Cost - reasonable!
Amazon sent this in a brief time frame too! I can always count on Amazon!!
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