- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300140525
- ISBN-13: 978-0300140521
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gospel According to John (I-XII) (Anchor Bible Commentaries) (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Paperback – 3 Dec 2007
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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.
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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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Unlike other commentaries on the Gospel of John, this one analyzes and presents the scholarly debates in a form that the interested layperson can appreciate. Whether discussing John's version of miracle stories found in the other Gospels, explaining the meaning of obscure Greek words, or pointing out the relevance of Jesus' words and deeds, Father Brown speaks to scholars and laypeople alike.
Forth Gospel is far from being "just" spiritualized gospel, departing from historicity of the Jesus' life reports provided by synoptic Gospels. Its rich layers of theological understanding of Jesus and His mission are certainly not a result of departure and compromise with historical validity of it. In explaining why is that the case, Raymond Brown was and still is one of the best. I highly recommend it.