This volume concludes Raymond E. Brown's commentary on the Gospel of John. Continuing his study begun in Anchor Bible Volume 29, the author translates the original Greek text into today's English. which allows all readers to make sense of the Gospel. Father Brown's notes and comments sort out the major issues surrounding the writings of John -- questions of authorship, composition, date, and John's relation to the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). He analyzes and presents the scholarly debates in a form the interested layperson can appreciate.
John chapters 13-21 comprise the Book of Glory (describing the Last Supper, the Passion, and the appearances of the Risen Jesus) and the epilogue to the Gospel. This commentary includes a special appendix on the Paraclete, in which Brown examines in detail the role of the Holy Spirit. Whether discussing John's version of miracle stories found in the other Gospels, explaining the meaning of obscure Greek words, or showing the relevance of Jesus' words and deeds, Father Brown speaks to scholars and laypeople alike.
Raymond Edward Brown
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I have searched for months for a good commentary on the Gospel of John and it looks like the search continues. I got it based on the reviews I have seen on the book from readers. I guess its different strokes for different folks. I am more of a greek and indepth detials on new testament words. My type of commentary is the classic on Jude&Peter by Bauckham. I didn't get that type of exegesis from Brown.
The gospel of John is probably the richest gospel theologically of the four. John wrote in such a way that one keeps reading and re-reading his gospel and almost feeling as if never hitting the bottom. No doubt this has led to so many commentaries. But which commentaries have I found helpful on John? Carson's commentary is held by many as the best. Well, it has a healthy balance of history and theology. Carson will go to great lengths on disputed passages, arguing out his case with such a humble and clear approach that one feels he's in capable hands. Some of his theological insights are seminal e.g. on "worship in spirit and in truth". But all in all, his commentary does not so easily work it's way into the sermon, though it will give you a firm grasp of the text. You can almost always begin with him, get it! Ridderbos is another giant in Johannine scholarship. His commentary though not praised by many probably due to lack of a lively writing style, is a great...
Kudos for Brown. This is an outstanding addition to your theological library. Brown addresses the scholarly issues and at the same time, has superb insight to the text that preaches. No, it is not the easiest to read and use, but the best seldom are.
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