new book honoring raymond brown
- John R. Donahue, ed., Life in Abundance: Studies in John's Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown (Collegeville, Minn; Liturgical Press, 2005) xiv+313pp. $29.95.
The following paragraph from John Donahue's "Preface" will explain the genesis of the book and, for those not familiar with the Raymond E. Brown Center at St. Mary's Seminary and University, should be of additional interest.
The essays in this volume were originally papers delivered at "An International Conference on the Gospel of John: Life in Abundance," held at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Md, from October 16-18, 2003 to honor the memory of Raymond E. Brown, S.S. Shortly before his death on August 8, 1998, Fr. Brown, had delivered an address at St. Mary's, his alma mater, where he had taught from 1959-71, and where he wrote his major commentary on the Gospel of John. In response to a question posed by the longtime rector of the seminary and personal friend, Robert F. Leavitt, S.S., Fr. Brown had expressed earlier a desire to bequeath a part of his personal library to St. Mary's after his death. Subsequently, this wish helped to spark Fr. Leavitt's interest in developing a special research collection devoted to Johannine studies that would bear Fr. Brown's name and would be the centerpiece of an extensive expansion of the library facility at St. Mary's. Thus was born the Raymond E. Brown Center and the Johannine Collection as an addition to the Knott Library of the Seminary.
The major purpose of the conference was not to enter into direct dialogue with Raymond Brown's extensive writings but to continue further study of the Gospel of John, which had been his life's work. Following the keynote address, the essays in the volume treat major aspects of Johannine studies, with two essays on "The Challenges of Johannine Studies," followed by examinations of the "The Historical Context of the Gospel of John," and two expositions of Johannine Theology. The final two essays raise issued of interpretation by dealing directly into conversation with important aspects of Brown's work. A major contribution of the present volume is the only complete bibliography of Brown's publications, which Fr. Michael L. Barr�, S.S produced with incredible diligence, based on an earlier compilation by Fr. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S. Such a bibliography always remains a work in progress since Brown's works are still being translated into different languages, most recently, his Introduction to the New Testament into French, Italian and Spanish.
List of contributors
Most Rev. Terrence T. Prendergast, S.J.
Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B.
Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J.
Daniel Harrington, S.J.
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky
Craig R. Koester
Gail R. O'Day
Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M.
Donald Senior, C.P.
D. Moody Smith
Robert Leavitt, S.S.
Francis Sch�ssler Fiorenza
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