Life in Abundance: Studies of John's Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown

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At his sudden death in August 1998, Raymond E. Brown, S.S., was acknowledged internationally as one of the greatest New Testament scholars. Writings on the Gospel and Letters of John spanned his whole career. In tribute to his life and work, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland, hosted a conference in October 2003, "Life in Abundance." The conference did not focus directly on the work of Brown, but followed his lead in discussing the state of Johannine studies, the relation of John to ...
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Overview

At his sudden death in August 1998, Raymond E. Brown, S.S., was acknowledged internationally as one of the greatest New Testament scholars. Writings on the Gospel and Letters of John spanned his whole career. In tribute to his life and work, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland, hosted a conference in October 2003, "Life in Abundance." The conference did not focus directly on the work of Brown, but followed his lead in discussing the state of Johannine studies, the relation of John to first-century Judaism, and Johannine theology and issues of interpretation. This volume brings together presentations by scholars on these subjects.

"Primarily a collection of essays (originally papers) and responses given at 'An International Conference on the Gospel of John: Life in Abundance,' held at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Maryland, October 16-18, 2003; the book includes presentations of Johannine theology, issues of interpretation, considerations of the work of Raymond Brown, and two homilies"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is an excellent and timely collection, which sets out the state of play in Johannine studies and offers new insight into particular theological and historical issues. It offers much of value to scholars in the field, while also accessible to students wishing to deepen their engagement with the Fourth Gospel.
Journal for the Study of the New Testament

. . . this book is a feast of Johannine scholarship for pastors, scholars, and college students, as it raises all the critical concerns in Johannine studies and presents an excellent overview of last century’s major trends. A must read.
Religious Studies Review

Together, these essays and responses constitute a veritable synthesis of the shape of Johannine scholarship today. . . . This collection is a gem in every way.
Catholic Library World

This volume is invaluable for anyone interested in the Johannine literature. Scholars and nonscholars alike will find in it a responsible treatment of past scholarship and hopeful signs for future developments, which were themselves hallmarks of Brown’s own scholarship.
Alan C. Mitchell, Georgetown University, Washington

Taken as a whole, this volume is an effective tribute to one of the seminal NT scholars of the twentieth century.
Catholic Biblical Quarterly

This collection succeeds in portraying the wide range of Brown’s scholarly and pastoral work and in pointing out some directions that further reflection on the topics of that work, particularly the work on the Johannine literature, can take.
Catholic Biblical Quarterly

This book is a rare treat not only for scholars, but also for advanced students of the Fourth Gospel. It is a fitting tribute to a scholar and teacher of unsurpassed stature who now enjoys the full life in abundance for which we hope.
New Theology Review

The contributors to this volume have been engaged deeply in the scholarship of John’s gospel and epistles and most enjoyed a warm friendship with Brown in life. The few who knew him only in his writings record the influence these had on their study and teaching.
Worship

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814630112
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 868,321
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


John Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. He is the author of Life in Abundance: Studies of John's Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, S.S., and Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Year A published by Liturgical Press
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Table of Contents

Preface
"The church's great challenge : proclaiming God's word in the new millennium" 1
Ch. 1 The Gospel of John : the legacy of Raymond E. Brown and beyond 19
Response 40
Ch. 2 Future directions of Johannine studies 52
Ch. 3 The whence and whither of the Johannine community 65
Response 82
Ch. 4 Methodological considerations in the study of John's interaction with first-century Judaism 91
Response 108
Ch. 5 Qumran literature and the Johannine writings 117
Response 134
Ch. 6 The death of Jesus and the human condition : exploring the theology of John's Gospel 141
Response 158
Ch. 7 The resurrection (of the body) in the fourth Gospel : a key to Johannine spirituality 168
Response 199
Ch. 8 Raymond Brown and Paul Ricoeur on the surplus of meaning 207
Response 231
Ch. 9 The incarnate word revealed : the pastoral writings of Raymond E. Brown 238
App Biography and bibliography of the publications of Raymond E. Brown, s.s. 253
App In tribute to Raymond E. Brown, s.s. : "a striving after wind," Sermon at the interreligious prayer service 292
App In tribute to Raymond E. Brown, s.s. : "a whisper from the grave," homily at the closing liturgy 297
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