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  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press; 4th Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814612830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814612835
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Lamb on 7 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
Not only do you get a good, concise commentary on the Gospel and Letters of John, but you also get the text of the New American Bible. For those not in the know: Raymond Brown was Roman Catholic and so it is fitting to include the text of a Roman Catholic bible transaltion used in the US. The ecumenical RSV would have been better, but that is here irrelevant. The commentary is very insightful and will certainly be enough to satisfy your hunger for the time being. The introduction puts things nicely into perspective and gives you a good basis from which to begin your exploration of the bible texts.
It is a great pity that books no longer seem to be "Anglicised" - US spelling and grammar is sometimes a little distracting and the former unfortunately seems to be polluting British English. But that aside.
You will not regret purchasing this book. Raymond Brown was an expert on John - this book should certainly whet your appetite.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By emmamavin@hotmail.com on 22 Nov. 2000
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Raymond Brown is one of the best scholars on John's Gospel and I found his two-volume commentary too expensive, so this is excellent for me. It provides a summary of his work on John's Gospel and the Epistles, and I wouldn't be without it!
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A gem of a book. 21 Feb. 2004
By Nicholas Dujmovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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A Dubious Disciple Book Review 30 Jan. 2011
By Dubious Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
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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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Concise and Probing Examination of the New Testament John Tradition 10 Dec. 2007
By Alexander Lundy - Published on Amazon.com
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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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The Gospel and Epistles of John: A Concies Commentary 18 Mar. 2012
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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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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Love all publications by Fr. Ray Brown 6 April 2009
By Madeline A. Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
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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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