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Introduction to the New Testament (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Hardcover – 30 Nov 1997

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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: 16.6 x 5.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,331 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.

About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 22 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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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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I have very recently started to get interested in trying to learn and understand more of the bible, in particular about the New Testament and Jesus. I wanted a book that would cover the background, content, and main issues of contention for each of books in the New Testaments, and do so in an easy to read but thorough way. I fortunately came across and purchased this one. It is excellent. The breadth and depth of the analysis is awesome, as is the magnificent way Raymond Brown handles the material.

Raymond Brown is one of the great New Testament scholars, and this work is a fitting testament to his brilliance and reputation. This is a big book with 878 pages. It is an extraordinarily comprehensive, clear, insightful and authorative introduction to the New Testament. The book opens with a general introduction, followed by a detailed section covering a whole host of preliminaries for reading the New Testament (5 chapters). It then has a detailed introduction to the Gospels as a whole before looking at each Gospel in turn. Each Gospel is covered in-depth. You get a general analysis of the main message, the source's and compositional features, who wrote it (authorship), the locale or community involved, the date of writing, issues and problems for reflection, and the chapter ends with a bibliography for further reading sources. This approach really works very well, covering both historical and spiritual aspects of the Gospel. It's really opened up my understanding and appreciation of what I'm reading when I read a Gospel.

The Introduction to the New Testament then has a detailed section giving an overview of Paul, his life and his letters / epistles (covering 3 chapters) before looking at each letter / epistle in a very good degree of detail.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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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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The book is substantive enough for use in university settings yet accessable for those who for the first time wish to seriously engage in a review of the New Testament. Father Brown (who past away in early August, 1998) was widely recognized by both Catholics and Prostestants as one of the leading Biblical scholars of our day. His writing is readable yet thourough, allowing progress through the material while giving the reader a confidence that the basics of each of the books of the New Testament have been communicated.
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