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Introduction to the New Testament (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) [Hardcover]

Raymond E. Brown
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30 Nov 1997 Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
Every generation needs a comprehensive, reliable Introduction to the New Testament that opens the biblical text to the novice. Raymond E. Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament is the most trustworthy and authoritative guidebook for a generation seeking to understand the Christian Bible.

Universally acknowledged as the dean of New Testament scholarship, Father Brown is a master of his discipline at the pinnacle of his career. Who else could cover the entire scope of the New Testament with such ease and clarity? This gifted communicator conveys the heartfelt concern of a beloved teacher for his students, as he walks the reader through the basic content and issues of the New Testament. While the book contains a wealth of information, its most impressive features are how the author boils down a life time of scholarship into basic summaries of each book, provides a historical overview of the ancient Greco-Roman world, engages in discussions of theological issues, and presents supplementary material for deeper understanding, such as tables, maps, bibliographies, and appendixes. Those opening to the New Testament for the first time and those seeking deeper insights could not ask for more in a primer to the Christian Bible.

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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; 1 edition (30 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385247672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385247672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A truly magnificent book, composed by our Catholic national treasure."-Commonweal --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Raymond E. Brown, S.S., taught for many years at Saint Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was Professor of Biblical Studies at the Union Theological Seminary for two decades. He was the author of three books in the Anchor Bible series on the Gospels and Epistles of John and wrote the classic Anchor Bible Reference Library volumes The Birth of the Messiah, The Death of the Messiah, and An Introduction to the New Testament. He died in 1998. Francis J. Maloney, S.D.B., is Katherine Drexel Chair for Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Among his many distinguished books are The Gospel of John, A Hard Saying: The Gospel and Culture, and The Gospel of Mark. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Brown's "Introduction" (if something over 800 pagescan be called an "introduction"!) is nothing less than a masterpiece of Modern Biblical Scholarship. It covers every NT topic imaginable - The NT Social and Political World, Authorship, Christology, major Themes, historicity, Theological divisions, Manuscript Dating, even the Historical Jesus Debate - in an even-handed, (fairly) non-technical, heavily footnoted manner. The book is extremely well documented with charts and maps and references from some of the world's most renowned Catholic and Protestant Scholars.
If you must own only ONE Intro. to The New Testament, MAKE IT THIS ONE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 10 pounds in a 5 pound bag 22 Jun 1999
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Father Brown puts 10 pounds of information into a 5 pound bag! Very informative and smothered with footnotes and bibliography. Written with the novice in mind, he does a great job of presenting the views of the latest in biblical scholarship even if he does not agree with the majority opinion. I must admit though, I find myself with more questions after reading a section than I had before I read it. Heavy reliance on a particular scientific method with little attempt to reconcile with other methods of interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 Dec 1998
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This book is the best New Testament guide I have found. The author guides you through the many issues surrounding the origins and authorship of the New Testament, and provides the reader with a balanced understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the many positions. There are so many different approaches to these issues that it is easy to assume in reading a particular book that one view is "the" way it is. The author provides the reader with some perspective. I think the book's greatest contribution is in explaining what the current NT documents are, and how they fit together.
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A thorough and scholarly examination of the New Testament which is entirely accessable to the lay reader. Father Brown lucidly sets forth the social, religious, political and historical context of each book without losing sight of the essential Christian message. His approach is an intellectually-challenging counterbalance to the work of the "Jesus Seminar"; he expounds on the development of each New Testament book without challenging its essential, spiritual veracity. Well done, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Testament Introduction I have read. 12 Nov 1998
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Raymond Brown, now dead, has surely produced a widely accessible introduction. Without the usual flummery so common in general texts, Father Brown's moderate and scholarly approach is a treat. I specially enjoy the numerous references at the end of each chapter. The footnotes are excellent and highly useful. If there is one flaw it is that there are no "must have" references within the recomended reading lists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide to the New Testament 11 Feb 1998
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The author has done a great service for new readers of the New Testament. This book presents a balanced and informative introduction to the New Testament that is both scholary and extremely well written. There are adequate footnotes and bibliographical references for those who wish to explore a topic in greater detail. I read this book as I read the New Testament and I would recommend this approach to others. Father Brown is both knowledgable and enthusiastic about his subject matter and after reading this book so was I. Thank you Father Brown.
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