The individual chapters are very helpful if read during the appropriate liturgical season. The volume is highly recommended for home purchase as well as for parish, college, and religious house libraries.
Catholic Library World
My only wish is that the book had been issued in hardcover to better withstand the repeated use it will surely be put to for teaching and preaching.
Trinity Seminary Review
Raymond Brown speaks with a monumental assurance, the fruit not merely of his knowledge of the texts but also of his life of faith. His book contains many insights of startling simplicity into the original meaning of those texts, as well as into the church’s situation today. Many who think that they know the scriptures well will find themselves enriched by observations from this eminent, and much-lamented, scholar that will not have occurred to them. There is a profound wisdom here that comes from decades of living in and with the text of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures.
This book takes time! The text demands time not for conceptual understanding. No, the text deserves time to be experienced as a collection of scholarly meditations on the person of Christ in the Sunday proclamation. One needs to ‘ponder these things in the heart.’ Additionally, both the scholar and the preacher will benefit from reading the detailed notations. They do not distract from meditation.
Catholic Books Review
This book provides a wonderful introduction to Gospel exegesis for laity and is an invaluable tool for those whose task it is to break open the Word of God Sunday after Sunday to sometimes very diverse audiences.
This is indeed a fitting tribute to the enduring contribution of a great Catholic biblical scholar and teacher.
The Bible Today
An ultimate compendium of Brown’s work through the years.
Midwest Book Review
Fr. Raymond Brown’s Christ in the Gospels of the Liturgical Year fills a significant void in Catholic publishing: a book that integrates study, spirituality, and applications in an accessible manner. Its issuance as a handy compendium is particularly timely given the Synod on Scripture and the growing prominence of lectio divina. Christ in the Gospels of the Liturgical Year makes an excellent companion to the liturgy of the hours or daily and Sunday missals. This compelling title is enjoyable as well as informative and inspiring, thereby keeping the pages turning. A fitting testimony to the enduring nature of Fr. Brown’s work.
Karl A. Schultz, National speaker and author of eleven books