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A Once-and-Coming Spirit at Pentecost: Essays on the Liturgical Readings Between Easter and Pentecost: Essays on the Liturgical Readings Between ... the Apostles and the Gospel According to John Paperback – 1 Jan 1994

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press; 1st ed. edition (1 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814621546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814621547
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Homilists, liturgists, and those who draw inspiration for their prayer from the lectionary texts will appreciate this concise set of reflections on the liturgical readings from Easter to Pentecost.
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Studded with insights that are spring-boards to reflection or discussion.
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. . . an excellent book for spiritual reading during this season and, given the thrust of the book, it could also prove useful for a college level course or a serious adult education group focusing on the church.

About the Author

Raymond E. Brown, S.S., (1928-1998) was the Auburn Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was author of some forty books on the Bible and past president of three of the most important biblical societies in the world. By appointment of two popes (Paul VI in 1972, John Paul II in 1996) Brown was a member of the Roman Pontifical Biblical Commission. Time magazine called him "probably the premier Catholic Scripture scholar of the U.S."

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Solid device, well built and packs a punch in musical quality and output, the subtle coloured circumference lights are a bit novel and can certainly bring a smile. When switching on there is a loud American female voice introducing the speaker. Can it be turned down/off?
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Another excellent commentary by the author who has the knack of presenting an easy commentary. Very worthwhile and uplifting, highly recommended.
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All Raymond Brown's are excellent I love them! They fit in with the years's liturgy so well and are an approach to it.
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excellent: one in a series of 7 by Raymond Brown - all good.
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HASH(0x91dee8e8) out of 5 stars A Once and Coming Spirit at Pentecost 30 Aug. 2005
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Using the mass readings for the weeks following Easter, Raymond Brown tours Acts (with some detours into Luke and John) to explain the role of the Holy Spirit in the early (and contmeporary) church. Catholics, Protestants and charismatic Christians will all find Brown's combination of theological and devotional insight spiritually nourishing. Not difficult reading. He makes clear much that tends to be confusing.
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HASH(0x930c9210) out of 5 stars Material We Don't Often Pay Attention To. (Though We Should!) 26 Aug. 2006
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As Christians, it is easy to fall into the trap of losing focus on events after the Resurrection of Christ. To be sure, we do have the Sunday of Pentecost. (Descent of the Holy Spirit) But it is not the mass that Easter is. We also have movies like "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "Jesus of Nazareth" to portray the events of the Gospels. But we have little more than the Bible itself to tell of the events after Jesus ascended into heaven.

Father Brown points out that as Christians, we should know the OT. Partially, because in the OT, the Jews follow God even though he is not physically present. While Moses and a few others had the luxury of talking to God, the majority of Jews only heard God through the prophets. And that is essentially the same pattern for us after Jesus ascends into heaven.

Most of us probably remember that Peter had some issues with anger in the Gospels. And most of us probably know he denied Jesus 3 times. But how many of us recall that after Jesus ascended into heaven, Peter continued the work of Jesus? In the Book of "Acts," Peter heals the ill and crippled. He also casts demons out of people.

Father Brown shows us that the changes from Judaism to Christianity were not overnight. For some time, the early Christians still observed Jewish customs. Why not? Jesus observed Jewish customs such as the Passover even though he was in the process of changing it.

The clashes between Jews and Christians most probably came when the Gentiles came into the picture. The Jews did tolerate Christianity for a while, but then tolerance usually has its limits. Eventually, the Gentiles became the better candidates for conversion, and many of the Jewish rituals and ways such as circumcision, observation of the Sabbath, and the Kosher laws had to go if the Gentiles were going to become Christians.

To be sure, the church leaders Peter, Paul, and James did not always agree on these things. But it was clear that if they tried to retain the Jewish laws and customs, that Christianity would not survive. (Even in religion, we have to some extent know where the market is.)

Overall, this is a wonderful book that focuses on material we often neglect. If you like this book by Father Brown, be sure to check out his "A Crucified Christ In Holy Week."
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HASH(0x9211681c) out of 5 stars The Understanding of Pentecost Is Expanded through Brown's Writing 9 Jun. 2011
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This book contains five very accessible and useful essays about the Christian feast of Pentecost, written by an important Scripture scholar. Father Brown explores the historical context of the events of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the newly formed Christians, deeply imbedding his ideas in the study of the New Testament books of Acts and John. The reader will gain an expanded understanding of the beginning of the Christian church through Dr. Brown's writings. They always contain thought provoking scholarship, and this volume is another stimulating sampling of his fine mind.
HASH(0x9211563c) out of 5 stars The early church in action 27 April 2007
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Raymond Brown has a firm understanding of the progress of the early church from being predominatly a sect within Judaism to a universal church. He is able to perceive that the rosy colour presented by the author of Acts, is not necesaarily historically true. In combining Acts with the readings fromn John's Gospel for the Easter season he is able to present the reader with many issues that faced ther early church, especially in those thatg eventually resulted in Christians being forced out of the synagogues.
HASH(0x91fc9a44) out of 5 stars I recommend the entire series 7 Jun. 2015
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Anything written by Fr. Brown should be read prayerfully. He writes clearly and with common sense. There is little, if any, theological terms to wade through. This small volume is insightful & meaningful. I recommend the entire series.
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