The Death of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives

The Death of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives

by Raymond Edward Brown, David Noel Freedman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a stunning addition to the Anchor Bible Reference Library, Raymond E. Brown, the preeminent scriptural scholar who won great acclaim for his The Birth of the Messiah , now crowns a distinguished career with this much-awaited companion work. The biblical accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of the death of Jesus comprise, as Brown points out, ``the central narrative in the Christian story''; and the result of Brown's treatment of them here is an unprecedentedly complete but amazingly accessible exegesis of those four Gospels' passion narratives. Combining a lucid synthesis of the vast body of scholarly passion literature with his own insightful explanation of what the evangelists wrote, Brown breaks down the walls of theological density to recapture the full drama and meaning of Jesus' final days from his arrest to his execution and burial. While scholars may be staggered by Brown's exhaustively comprehensive bibliography and assured grasp of its contents, his introductory division of the passion's unfolding into four ``Acts'' and several ``Scenes'' will especially appeal to pastors and devout lay readers. Indeed, rarely has the gap between Christian scholars and the non-academic faithful been bridged more successfully than in this definitive masterpiece. (Mar.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Brown ( The Birth of the Messiah , Doubleday, 1993, among many others) presents a detailed explanation of what the four evangelists ``intended and conveyed'' with their narratives of the passion and death of Jesus and ``translates'' the messages for modern readers. He assembles the four Gospel accounts into a unified story but maintains the distinctiveness of each account in the commentary. Brown has succeeded in producing a near oxymoron: a thorough survey of a huge mass of relevant scholarly literature that is accessible to the educated lay reader. Greek is transliterated and translated, procedures and terms are clearly explained, and the entire story is presented as a drama in four acts. While the book can be pleasurably read from start to finish, the organization and the indexes (not seen) make these volumes an easily used reference work. A required purchase for any serious New Testament collection.-- Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley

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The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
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Anchor Bible Reference Library
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6.59(w) x 10.17(h) x 3.43(d)

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