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Gospel and Epistles of John: A Concise Commentary (Revised) [Paperback]

By Raymond Edward Brown (Author)
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Father Brown has thoroughly revised, updated, and adjusted the commentary to the 1986 revised NAB translation of the Bible, making this edition of his best-selling book virtually a new work.

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Father Brown has thoroughly revised, updated, and adjusted the commentary to the 1986 revised NAB translation of the Bible, making this edition of his best-selling book virtually a new work.

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   129
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.49" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1988
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0814612830  
ISBN13  9780814612835  

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More About Raymond Edward Brown

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Raymond E. Brown, S.S., was a Sulpician priest and Auburn Distinguished
Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Union Theological Seminary in New
York City, at the time of his death in August 1998. He was twice appointed a
member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, by Pope Paul VI in 1972 and by Pope John Paul II in 1996. A prolific author, he wrote several commentaries on the Johannine literature, including The Gospel and Epistles of John: A Concise Commentary (Liturgical Press) and The Gospel According to John (Anchor Bible Commentary, Doubleday). He wrote Reading the Gospels With the Church: From Christmas Through Easter (St. Anthony Messenger Press).

Raymond Edward Brown lived in the state of New York. Raymond Edward Brown was born in 1928 and died in 1998.

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Concise and Probing Examination of the New Testament John Tradition   Dec 10, 2007
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.
Excellent book.  Feb 25, 2007
Excellent tool to expand my knowledge and to know a more precise perspective of the gospel and epistles of John.
A Whole Sermon on John.   Aug 28, 2006
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.) As Christians, we know that Pentecost is the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Father Brown explains that this goes back to a Jewish tradition. 50 days after Passover, the Jews would have a feast that renewed their covenant with Moses. He also brings up how many people who don't like Christians consider the communion cannibalistic. (My priest actually brought that issue up recently.) If anything, the Eucharist is MUCH CLOSER to a wedding. (2 becoming one flesh) As most of us know, Jesus had his clashes with the Jewish authorities, and he would often defeat them by throwing their questions back at them. If we are willing to see the side of Jesus' enemies, we can understand their position. They had been taught (and not without some elements of fear) that strict adherence to the letter of the law was required. Now Jesus comes along and starts pointing out the flaws in their religion and contradicts their way of life by saying that it's alright to bend the law if it means doing a greater good. So we can easily understand the divided opinions of the religious authorities. This will mount to not only hostility towards Jesus, but hostility between the authorities who like Jesus and the ones who oppose him. Interestingly, only John mentions the Palms during Jesus' march into Jerusalem. (Hence: Palm Sunday) John makes Jesus more powerful by deleting Jesus' agony at Gethsemane; there is also no Simon of Cyrene to help Jesus carry his cross. Jesus also almost seems in full control of the crucifixion. Father Brown also presents an interesting interpretation of Pilate. Pilate could NOT have been ignorant of Christ. Interestingly, Father Brown explains that if we had any sympathy for the religious authorities who opposed Jesus, it disappears when they apparently accept Caesar as their king to have Christ crucified. Even if not voluntarily, Pilate seems to accept Jesus in a way. The sign he has hung on the cross ("This Is the King of the Jews") almost indicates this. As Father Brown says, this: "...ironically indicates that the Gentiles will ultimately uphold the kingship of Christ." After the resurrection at Easter, John makes Jesus more powerful by having him breathe on the apostles to give them the Holy Spirit. (In "Luke" they have to wait for some time.) One final thing worth pointing out is that Father Brown points out that the biggest weapon against our own imperfect natures it to recognize our wrong doings. He could very well be saying that being a Christian does not mean being without sin. Rather, it is to recognize our faults and try to rise above them. While I can't quite hold this book as vital as Father Brown's "A Crucified Christ In Holy Week," this is still a great book to read and study.
A gem of a book.  Feb 21, 2004
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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