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Review Advance Praise for An Introduction to the Gospel of John A bittersweet read! Intended as the introduction to a major revision of the landmark Anchor Bible commentary on John, but sadly cut off by his death in 1998, this work stands alone as a magnificent survey of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel. With his accustomed thoroughness and respect for the work of others, even in disagreement, Brown updates and often moves beyond positions first articulated over three decades ago. Scholars will be long in debt to Francis Moloney for his own insightful introduction and conclusion as well as for signposts along the way which point to shifts in Browns work along with developments subsequent to his death, and current bibliography. This eminently readable work will extend the influence of Brown well into the present century. ?Fr. John Donahue, Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, St. Mary?s Seminary and UniversityPraise for An Introduction to the New Testament A truly magnificent book, composed by our Catholic national treasure. --Commonweal A tour de force by a great scholarly mind. ?AmericaPraise for The Death of the Messiah Father Raymond Brown has a strong claim to be the most distinguished of American New Testament scholars, and he has few competitors worldwide. ?New York Times A stunning aray of fresh insights into how the passion stories came into being and what?scene by scene?the four Evangelists really say about the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. ?Newsweek The Death of the Messiah is first of all a scholarly work, but it is also enjoyably readable and accessible to the interested layman. ?NewsdayPraise for The Birth of the Messiah Brown manages to rescue the Christmas story from both the contempt of experts and the sentimentality of na?ve laymen?Ordinary Christians can thank this priestly scholar for helping them to put the adult Christ back into Christmas. ?Newsweek Recommended to readers at all levels and without reservation. ?America This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition. Read more From the Inside Flap When Raymond E. Brown died in 1998, less than a year after the publication of his masterpiece, An Introduction to the New Testament, he left behind a nearly completed revision of his acclaimed two-volume commentary on the Gospel of John. The manuscript, skillfully edited by Francis J. Moloney, displays the rare combination of meticulous scholarship and clear, engaging writing that made Father Brown?s books consistently outsell other works of biblical scholarship. An Introduction to the Gospel of John represents the culmination of Brown?s long and intense examination of part of the New Testament. One of the most important aspects of this new book, particularly to the scholarly community, is how it differs from the original commentary in several important ways. It presents, for example, a new perspective on the historical development of the Gospels, and shows how Brown decided to open his work to literary readings of the text, rather than relying primarily on the historical, which informed the original volumes. In addition, there is an entire section devoted to Christology, absent in the original, as well as a magisterial new section on the representation of Jews in the Gospel of John. This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews