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Overview

From the experience of a lifetime of scholarship, preaching, teaching, and writing, Raymond E. Brown covers the entire scope of the New Testament with ease and clarity. He walks readers book by book through the basic content and issues of the New Testament. While a wealth of information is contained in these pages, the work's most impressive features are the basic summaries of each book, a historical overview of the ancient Greco-Roman world, discussions of key theological issues, and the rich supplementary materials, such as illustrative tables, maps, bibliographies, and appendixes. Using this basic data, Brown answers questions raised by today's readers, relates the New Testament to our modern world, and responds to controversial issues, such as those raised by the Jesus Seminar.
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Commonweal
“A truly magnificent book, composed by our Catholic national treasure.”—Commonweal
Library Journal
During his career, Brown (emeritus, biblical studies, Union Theological Seminary, New York) has enlightened and challenged scholars. Here he brings his extensive knowledge to bear in a volume primarily for beginners, though it will serve equally well those who are not. Because of the intended audience, he has made certain choices about content and form. First, he focuses on the established 27-book New Testament canon based upon the "wide agreement about the twenty-seven works to be included in a normative or canonical collection." Second, he deemphasizes the prehistory of the documents (sources, editions, and so forth) and emphasizes the documents in their canonical form. He begins most chapters with a "General Analysis of the Message" and addresses issues such as authorship, date, and composition afterward. So, for example, readers are helped to understand the individual messages of Matthew, Mark, and Luke without getting bogged down in the "synoptic problem." Due to his emphasis on the finished form of the New Testament documents, even those who disagree with some of the author's critical judgments will benefit from this volume. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
Howard Clark Kee
...[A] monumental introduction to the NT.... unique....[T]he aim is to make these early Christian writings accessible for beginning students...and to encourage the careful reading of the NT....Its emphasis on theological and christological issues may make it inappropriate for undergraduates, but it should serve uniquely well as a resource for theological students and for scholars of any age who want to be updated on the issues as set forth in the substantive and extensive bibliography.
Society of Biblical Literature
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  • Posted October 31, 2010

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    A Valuable Resource

    This Introduction to the New Testament by Raymond Brown is a great resource. I first used it in an introductory course on the New Testament while I was in theology studies and it has remained with me since then. It is a well-written and researched book, but was not 'over my head' with theological jargon. Though written from a Roman Catholic perspective, I think that anyone might find it helpful for learning more about the New Testament.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Great Resource for Lay Readers Like Me.

    Raymond Brown was one of the most popular commentators on scripture. This s a fine, middle-of-the-road guide to reading the New Testament. The writing is clear. The book is helpful. The chapters are just long enough to explore topics and just short enough not to overwhelm lay readers like me.

    I was schooled in a little more radical background for New Testament studies and Professor Brown helped me moderate my reading a bit. He was a Catholic priest who taught for decades at one of the great American seminaries with a largely Protestant and progressive history.

    This is a great addition to both church and personal libraries. The price is modest. The resources are large. The design and quality of the book are outstanding.

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