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The Community of the Beloved Disciple

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The life, loves and hates of an individual church in New Testament times. Considers the life and writings of St. John.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published December 1st 1979 by Paulist Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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Rick Edwards
After literally decades of study of the Gospel of John, during which he amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of the scholarly work on the subject, Ray Brown gained a profound sense of the dynamics of the early Christian community from which this gospel emerged. In this engrossing study, he presents his take on the character of the original Johannine circle, its dynamics vis a vis the synagogue, and the tensions, controversies, and schisms that shaped the Johannine corpus in the form in which we kno ...more
Excellent. Raymond Brown narrates a constructed history of the Johannine family of congregations. While the details of his story are by no means certain and, of course, subject to ongoing debate, the story he tells is easy to follow, powerfully told, and solidly grounded in exegesis of the Johannine literature.

My congregation is in the midst of a wide conflict in our denomination. Congregations are pitting themselves against other congregations, and many in my church want to join in on the actio
“I would like to study the history of the Johannine community (which ultimately involves questions of church and sect) by using a fruitful approach that has been opened up in Johannine scholarship of the last ten years. This is based on the suggestion that the Gospel must be read on several levels, so that it tells us the story both of Jesus and of the community that believed in him. Let me discuss that suggestion in general and then some of the cautions that must be kept in mind when one accept ...more
From a reservoir of scholarship, Brown posits a history of the Johannine Community from being a group within Judaism, to expulsion, expansion, and to surviving internal schism over the first and into the second century. This church (one of many Christian churches in those earliest days) had a unique Christology, namely that God was made flesh in Jesus. Following from that is the belief that the Spirit (Jesus, God) is alive in the world, as it has always been. We know it more definitively from th ...more
Educational, comprehensive, insightful as always with Raymond E. Brown. Recommended for anyone interested in the New Testament, especially the background of the Gospel of John and the epistles I, II and III John.
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Roman Catholic priest, member of Society of Saint-Sulpice and a prominent biblical scholar, esteemed by not only his colleagues of the same confession. One of the first Roman Catholic scholars to apply historical-critical analysis to the Bible.
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