The Epistles of John

Raymond E. Brown

The Epistles of John
The Epistles of John

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Series: Anchor Yale Bible
Categories: Johannine Epistles
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4.68571428571429 out of 5 based on 7 user ratings
Robert M. Bowman, Jr December 10, 2016 5 5
Massive commentary (over 800 pages) by the most influential Roman Catholic biblical scholar of the twentieth century (taking a moderately critical approach). [Full Review]
Tim Challies January 13, 2014 4.9 5
This is a massive and dense work that will reward the diligent researcher and nicely complement Brown’s huge two-commentary volume on the gospel of John. Here he provides 840 pages of commentary on about 5 pages of biblical text! While few readers will agree with all of his positions, he certainly has an exhaustive grasp of the Johannine epistles and great respect for the text. [Full Review]
Phillip J. Long August 9, 2012 4.9 5
Along with his commentary on the Gospel of John and his Introduction to the Gospel of John (completed by Maloney after Brown’s death), this commentary is one of the most significant contributions to the study of the Johannine literature in the twentieth century. Brown introduced his views on the Johannine community in his commentary on the Gospel of John and develops it further in this commentary. I highly recommend the 130 page introduction to the commentary as required reading for anyone working seriously in John. While interest in his theory of the “Johannine Community” has waned, it is hard to read a commentary on John’s Gospel or Letters which do not engage Brown on nearly every page. At almost 800 pages, this commentary on the Epistles of John is the most detailed exegetical commentary available. The commentary proceeds through the text word-by-word, dealing with lexical and syntactical matters. Greek appears only in transliteration, all sources are cited in-text. After the detailed note section, Brown provides a “comment” in the overall theology of the pericope, often connecting it to his previous work on the Gospel of John. These comments all assume his Johannine community theory. Sections end with a bibliography pertinent to that section. [Full Review]
Scot McKnight December 18, 2009 5 5
Surely the most complete, if not also at times speculative, commentary is that of Raymond E. Brown [Full Review]
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 5 5

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