Christ in the Gospels of the Liturgical Year


2009 Catholic Press Association Award Winner!

A decade after the untimely death of renowned Scripture scholar Father Raymond E. Brown, SS, he continues to inspire and inform scholars and preachers, students and pastoral ministers, lay and ordained. It was only days after Father Brown's death that his final book was published by Liturgical Press. That book, Christ in the Gospels of the Ordinary Sundays, completed his six-volume series on preaching the Scriptures, a series that ...

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2009 Catholic Press Association Award Winner!

A decade after the untimely death of renowned Scripture scholar Father Raymond E. Brown, SS, he continues to inspire and inform scholars and preachers, students and pastoral ministers, lay and ordained. It was only days after Father Brown's death that his final book was published by Liturgical Press. That book, Christ in the Gospels of the Ordinary Sundays, completed his six-volume series on preaching the Scriptures, a series that had begun in the mid-1970s with the publication of his popular An Adult Christ at Christmas. Those six volumes are collected here in one convenient commemorative edition to mark the tenth anniversary of Brown's death. Brown's work is left largely untouched, and readers will find that his wisdom is lasting. Yet Brown, being a scholar's scholar, would recognize the need for some enhancement in a work being republished some thirty years after the first volume appeared. Appropriately, then, this edition contains introductory essays by Brown's colleagues and friends John R. Donahue, SJ, and Ronald D. Witherup, SS, as well as useful indexes and a bibliography of resources for preaching the word of God in the context of the lectionary.

As Witherup notes in his preface, Brown had the rare capacity to simplify complex biblical studies in a manner that did not 'dumb down ' the material but allowed it to be understood by a wide audience. . . . He did this in a fashion that was both inspiring and educational. That very broad audience 'those who grew up with Brown, so to speak, as well as a whole new generation of readers and preachers of the word 'will find this book to be a source of inspiration and knowledge that they will turn to again and again.

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 (Pal 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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.
The Way

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.
Prairie Messenger

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814618608
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: Enlarged/Expanded
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 798,574
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald D. Witherup, PSS, is superior general of the Sulpicians and lives in Paris, France. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the author of articles on Scripture and of numerous books including Gold Tested in Fire: A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood, Saint Paul and the New Evangelization, and is editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Biblepublished by Liturgical Press.

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Table of Contents

Part I Ronald D. Witherup Witherup, Ronald D. John R. Donahue Donahue, John R.

Ch. 1 The Hermeneutical Approach of Raymond E. Brown Ronald D. Witherup Witherup, Ronald D. 3

Ch. 2 The Marriage of Biblical Scholarship and Liturgical Preaching in Debt to Raymond E. Brown John R. Donahue Donahue, John R. 12

Ch. 3 Resources for Preaching the Liturgical Year John R. Donahue Donahue, John R. 20

Part II Raymond E. Brown Brown, Raymond E.

Introduction 25

Ch. 4 Understanding How Gospels Were Written and Their Use in the Sunday Liturgy 30

A Coming Christ in Advent: Essays on the Gospel Narratives Preparing for the Birth of Jesus, Matthew 1 and Luke 1

Ch. 5 The Origin and Purpose of the Infancy Narratives 43

Ch. 6 The Genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1-17) 50

Ch. 7 The Annunciation to Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) 59

Ch. 8 The Annunciation to Zechariah and the Birth of the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25, 57-66, 80) 70

Ch. 9 The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-79) 77

Ch. 10 The Annunciation to Mary, the Visitation, and the Magnificat (Luke 1:26-56) 86

An Adult Christ at Christmas: Essays on the Three Biblical Christmas Stories, Matthew 2 and Luke 2

Ch. 11 On Putting an Adult Christ Back into Christmas 99

Ch. 12 The First Christmas Story (Matthew 2:1-23): The Meaning of the Magi; the Significance of the Star 107

Ch. 13 The Second Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-40): The Meaning of the Manger; the Significance of the Shepherds 112

Ch. 14 The Second Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-40), Part II (2:22-40): The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple 121

Ch. 15 The Third Christmas Story (Luke 2:41-52): The Finding of the Boy Jesus in theTemple 131

A Crucified Christ in Holy Week: Essays on the Four Gospel Passion Narratives

Ch. 16 General Observations on the Passion Narratives 145

Ch. 17 The Passion According to Mark 155

Ch. 18 The Passion According to Matthew 165

Ch. 19 The Passion According to Luke 175

Ch. 20 The Passion According to John 183

Ch. 21 Diverse Portrayals of the Crucified Jesus 192

A Risen Christ in Eastertime: Essays on the Gospel Narratives of the Resurrection

Ch. 22 The Resurrection in Mark (16:1-8; 16:9-20) 197

Ch. 23 The Resurrection in Matthew (27:62-28:20) 208

Ch. 24 The Resurrection in Luke (24:1-53; Acts 1:1-12) 221

Ch. 25 The Resurrection in John 20 - A Series of Diverse Reactions 242

Ch. 26 The Resurrection in John 21 - Missionary and Pastoral Directives for the Church 255

A Once-and-Coming Spirit at Pentecost: Essays on the Liturgical Readings between Easter and Pentecost, Taken from the Acts of the Apostles and from the Gospel According to John

Ch. 27 Introduction Explaining this Treatment of the Liturgical Season 269

Ch. 28 The Church Begins in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14-41) 275

Ch. 29 The Jerusalem Church of One Mind (Acts 2:42-5:42) 284

Ch. 30 Diversity in the Jerusalem Church; Expansion to Judea and Samaria (Acts 6-9) 303

Ch. 31 Outreach to the Gentiles; the Church of Antioch (Acts 10-14) 316

Ch. 32 The Jerusalem Conference Propels the Church to the Ends of the Earth (Acts 15-28) 330

Christ in the Gospels of the Ordinary Sundays: Essays on the Gospel Readings of the Ordinary Sundays in the Three-Year Liturgical Cycle

Ch. 33 The Gospel According to Matthew (Liturgical Year A) 347

Ch. 34 The Gospel According to Mark (Liturgical Year B) 369

Ch. 35 The Gospel According to Luke (Liturgical Year C) 369

Ch. 36 The Gospel According to John (Latter Part of Lent; Post-Easter Season) 408

Appendix Chart on Overview of the Gospels and Acts in the Sunday and Seasonal Mass Lectionary 428

Scripture Citations Index 429

Select Topical Index 435

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