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Raymond Brown, ‘The Jews,’ and the Gospel of John: From Apologia to Apology (by Sonya Shetty Cronin)
The Library of New Testament Studies
Published: 02-26-2015
ISBN: 9780567230966

Abstract

Until the mid-1960s, most commentators of the Gospel of John were aware of a polemic against ‘the Jews,’ yet they did not consider it with reference to contemporary ethical discussion. A shift in focus in Johannine scholarship is noticeable from the mid-1960s and 1970s to the present, where commentators began to connect the Gospel’s polemic against ‘the Jews’ with potential anti-Judaism in the text. As yet, very little work has been done to answer the question of how this change in sensitivity came about. This book is a historiography of one scholar’s growing awareness of potential anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John with the intention of using this individual history to explain the larger trend in biblical studies. Sonya Cronin examines the published work of Raymond Brown, a prominent Catholic New Testament scholar, between the years 1960-1998. The book contextualizes Brown’s work by evaluating the impact of ecclesiastical statements and the influence of earlier and contemporary Johannine scholarship on Brown’s biblical interpretation, and then posits theories as to why change occurs at specific times.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Introduction: Issue of Anti-Judaism in Johannine Scholarship
2. Background to Raymond Brown’s Biblical Interpretation
3. Analysis of Brown’s Works on the Gospel of John from 1960-1970
4. Analysis of Brown’s Published Works on the Gospel of John from 1971-1988
5. Analysis of Brown’s Works on the Gospel of John from 1988-1998
6. Analysis of Brown’s Posthumous Works
7. Conclusion: Raymond Brown in the Context of Twentieth-Century Biblical Scholarship