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The New Jerome Biblical Commentary [Hardcover]

By Raymond E. Brown (Author)
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Writings by modern Roman Catholic scholars illuminate the books of both the Old and New Testament

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This contemporary verse by verse commentary examines the scientific, literary, and historical content of the Scriptures -- reflecting the exegetical variation found within the community of scholars. Features current theories on dating, historical reconstruction, and archaeological information. Provides contemporary perspectives on hermeneutics, theological depths relating to the biblical word, and themes in the Old Testament. Includes articles on Jesus, the Early Church, Gnosticism, and the subapostolic church.

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Studio: Prentice Hall
Pages   1484
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.8" Width: 7.9" Height: 2.4"
Weight:   4.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1990
Publisher   Prentice Hall
ISBN  0136149340  
ISBN13  9780136149347  

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More About Raymond E. Brown

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Raymond E. Brown (1928-1998) was a distinguished professor of biblical studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Marion L. Soards is professor of New Testament studies at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

Raymond E. Brown has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anchor Yale Bible (Paper)
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library

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Jerome  Jan 28, 2008
I have read many Biblical commentaries. I was looking for a Catholic Bible commentary, because I am Catholic but this Jerome commentary is the least organized and the most controversial; almost evasive in its format and content.
Great Commentary  Sep 29, 2007
The NJBC is by far the best single volume commentary around. If you are a serious theological student and interetsed in good biblical research and scholarship then I highly recommend it. The contributions to it will help to broaden your search for accuracy and textual interpretation. The editors and folks who contributed to it have done an excellent job with the various exegetical criticisms to provide the user with the tools need for exegesis of any text. I recommend this along with Raymond Brown's INtrodcution to the New testament as a companion text.
A Wealth Of Knowledge  Aug 23, 2007
One thing you get from this commentary is a wealth of knowledge not only from the bible but about the church fathers, Critical views of today and the past. Its a great reference commentary to understanding the bible more clearly. Im very happy with my purchase and would recommend it to all who seek to understand the bible more clearly.
Jerome Biblical Commentary  Jul 9, 2007
The book is a must for anyone who is serious about the study of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. The articles are written by top of the line scholars, and the new edition brings scholarship up to date. It has always enjoyed a reputation for scholarhip.
A dissenting review  Jun 1, 2007
In many scholarly circles, this commentary is considered the finest example of Catholic biblical scholarship. Admittedly my opinion means little, but I humbly have to disagree. Before I begin allow me to say that several people I respect HIGHLY endorse this commentary. I do not understand why.

First, allow me to address what strengths the commentary has.

1) The finest historical/critical scholarship in the modern Catholic Church is presented.

2) The commentary is well organized and easily used.

3) The commentary is well edited and lean. This commentary covers the entire bible, including the apocrypha, and is available in one volume for a reasonable price.

4) The commentary can be of help when trying to deal with a difficult passage of scripture.

These four strengths however do not, to my mind, make up for the book's myriad weaknesses. A few of the most egregious problems with the commentary follow:

1) The commentary focuses solely on the insights of the historical critical method. The method can and does provide valuable insights. However, it can be problematic in that it takes skepticism as its starting point. Its conclusions therefore can be biased against faith. One example is the dating of texts that include prophesy. The historical critical scholar will postdate the text to after the prophesy had been fulfilled. The assumption is against the idea that a prophet from God could have warned about the future BEFORE the event occurred.

2) Historical critical method, by definition, can only address the literal sense of scripture. (Who wrote the text, when was it written, what is the author's agenda, what does he or she want tell us etc. etc.) In Catholic teaching however there are four senses of Sacred Scripture, the texts of which are Holy, inerrant, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. These four senses are: a) the Literal b) the Allegorical c) the Anagogical and d) the Moral. This commentary, by its very nature, ignores most of the Catholic view of the scriptures because it can really only address one sense of scripture effectively.

3) The best current scholarship seems to have left the Catholic camp (sadly). NT Wright (an Anglican) is one example. His works on Paul and the historicity of the Resurrection for instance have totally eclipsed Ray Brown, Fitzmeyer, et all. This scholarship would be considered "conservative" by the editors of the NJB and insights from evangelical and conservative protestant scholars are routinely dismissed by them as biased or unscientific. This makes this commentary decidedly myopic in favor of a more liberal and modern view of the dating and authorship of the various NT texts. It is no accident that this is the bible commentary of choice at Episcopal "divinity" schools such as the one at Yale.

4)This book is widely trumpeted as THE Catholic bible commentary, and people use it to get the Church's view of the scriptures. This is a poor use for this book. The place to get the Church's view of the Scriptures is the Catechism, not this commentary, which provides a very modern and narrow view of the scriptures.

5)Eastern Christian bible scholarship has a long and beautiful history in drawing out the spiritual meaning of biblical texts. This commentary ignores the East altogether. This is not a joke. Not a single Eastern mystic, saint, or scholar is included in this commentary. It breathes with one lung only (the western one), and the VERY modern and liberal wing of western one at that. The Church offers a HUGE treasury of biblical theology that this commentary simply dismisses. This is outrageous, and again provides a very narrow view of the scriptures.

6) There are FAR better commentaries available for the Christian. For instance, the Navarre Catholic Bible (while more expensive than this volume as it also contains the entirety of the biblical texts and is published in many volumes) includes not only the insights of historical critical scholarship, but also the insights of the saints, mystics, and biblical theology. Furthermore, historical scholarship from more than the liberal wing of the academy is included. The Navarre Bible Commentary is far richer than the NJBC as result.

In short, I would avoid this book until one has a deep and solid grounding in Scripture. It is a very liberal and skeptical commentary that ignores the riches of what the Church has to offer. It is marketed as a Catholic commentary to the laity and this is a misnomer.

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