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The Gospel According to John XIII-XXI (Anchor Bible, Vol 29, Part A) Hardcover – May 1998


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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; First Thus edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385037619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385037617
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,440,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Over his illustrious career, Raymond E. Brown, S.S., Ph.D., was internationally regarded as a dean of New Testament scholars. He was Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Among his more than thirty-five books on the Bible are three volumes in the Anchor Bible series, as well as the Anchor Bible Reference Library volumes The Birth of the Messiah, The Death of the Messiah, and An Introduction to the New Testament, winner of the 1998 Catholic Press Association Award for Biblical Studies. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 1997
Format: Hardcover
If these two volumes were in print, they would be the texts for the Scripture course I'm taking. Overwhelmingly, Raymond Brown is the expert on John. He pulls from decades of research and numerous sources. It appears to be a life's work. He gives a phrase by phrase commentary, verse by verse. A narrative summary ties all the ideas together. He includes notes on translation including many possible views of sense of meaning. After delving into any section the reader should go away satisfied with the answer they need. This is very detailed. Be prepared to spend lots of hours satisfying your thirst.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 27 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
Whilst the volumes on John are extremely detailed, they are never dull. Raymond Brown has a wry way of communicating, often leaving little witty comments in the footnotes. Key nuggets of information which I derived from this were: his explorations of the famous "I am" statements and his analysis of the Chapter VI on the Eucharist, where he shows that the greek word for "eats" can be more properly translated as "gnaws" giving a greater insight into the very real and graphic language for the consumption of the Eucharist.

In one of Brown's talks (avialable on CDs from the net), he notes that John's gospel has no institution of the Eucharist at the last supper but instead has the washing of the feet. He notes that it is unbelievable that the writer would have been ignorant of the instiution of the Eucharist at that fateful moment, but instead deliberately chose to highlight the Eucharist in a different context, namely the Eucharist as the bread of heaven, par excellence: "Your fathers ate in the manna in the desert but they are dead". Thus, the mass, not only is a representative sacrifice, it also gives us the bread from heaven, Christ himself. He wryly notes in one of his talks that if all the gospel accounts had contained only the washing of the feet at the last supper, it is doubtful whether christians would have been so divided over that! A little silly but the man had a good sense of humour. May he rest in peace.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This is "the" authority on the Gospel of John 15 Oct 1997
By John C. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If these two volumes were in print, they would be the texts for the Scripture course I'm taking. Overwhelmingly, Raymond Brown is the expert on John. He pulls from decades of research and numerous sources. It appears to be a life's work. He gives a phrase by phrase commentary, verse by verse. A narrative summary ties all the ideas together. He includes notes on translation including many possible views of sense of meaning. After delving into any section the reader should go away satisfied with the answer they need. This is very detailed. Be prepared to spend lots of hours satisfying your thirst.
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Kudos for Brown. 14 July 2004
By Robert Wynkoop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kudos for Brown. This is an outstanding addition to your theological library. Brown addresses the scholarly issues and at the same time, has superb insight to the text that preaches. No, it is not the easiest to read and use, but the best seldom are.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No one said it would be easy 23 Mar 2003
By Randal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We used R.A. Brown's Introduction to the New Testament in our seminary intro class and I've never found him the easiest to read, but I really like his commentary on John's gospel... and on the epistles. For "ugo" who says he's looking for more of an exegetical approach, I would suggest C.K. Barrett's commentary.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reading Brown opens the mind 28 Nov 2013
By M. fritz Prof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
To read Raymond Brown is to come in contact with some of the best scholars of Scripture. After presenting various interpretations, Brown presents his own, usually in harmony with Orthodox Catholic thinking. Yet the reader is challenged to turn to other scholars for a development of their conflicting ideas. Reading Brown opens the mind.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic in need of supplement 2 Mar 2010
By J. C. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Brown's two volume commentary of John is 45 years-old but remains the best in the English language. Of course, there is the problem that in 1965, when Brown came out with his conservative commentary in which he asserted that the Gospel of John was written by John the son of Zebedee, J. Louis Martyn also published his revolutionary book History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel (Revised and Expanded) (NTL) (New Testament Library), which forced Brown to expand his commentary in a subsequent book The Community of the Beloved Disciple: The Life, Loves and Hates of an Individual Church in New Testament Timeswhich provides an important supplement to the commentary.
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