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The Anchor Yale Bible: Epistles of John
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The Anchor Yale Bible: Epistles of John


Yale University Press 2008

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With this study—companion to the masterful two-volume The Gospel according to JohnRaymond E. Brown completed his trilogy on the Johannine corpus. Meticulous in detail, exhaustive in analysis, persuasive in argument, it examines controversies that have long troubled both biblical scholars and lay readers. Questions of authorship, composition, and dating, as well as the debate over source theories, are discussed at length; but these are kept subordinate to the overall question of meaning.

What gives this commentary special interest and excitement is the bold, imaginative reconstruction of the setting of the Johannine work—in particular of the “opposition figures,” who are only dimly sketched in the Epistles—so that we see clearly that the author is writing to his flock both about the dangers and difficulties confronting them, and about the eternal life that is theirs by the gift of God. In this way, the Epistles of John become intelligible as broadsides in a critical engagement between the forces of light and darkness.

In addition to his superb textual analysis of the letters, Raymond E. Brown has brought to life the community in which these works were formed and shaped. We are forcefully reminded that the Gospel and the Epistles were addressed to very real people living in the first century AD, people with religious problems not unlike our own. In all respects, The Epistles of John stands out as a model of biblical scholarship and study.

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Key Features

  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature


  • The First Epistle of John
    • The Prologue
      • 1 John 1:1–4: The Prologue
    • Part One
      • 1 John 1:5–2:2: The Gospel of God as Light; Three Boasts and Three Opposite Hypotheses
      • 1 John 2:3–11: Three Claims of Intimate Knowledge of God to Be Tested by Behavior
      • 1 John 2:12–17: Admonitions to Believers—Having Conquered the Evil One, They Must Resist the World
      • 1 John 2:18–27: Warning against the Secessionists as Antichrists Who Deny the Son and the Father
      • 1 John 2:28–3:10: God’s Children vs. The Devil’s Children
    • Part Two
      • 1 John 3:11–24: The Gospel of Loving One Another
      • 1 John 4:1–6: The Spirits of Truth and of Deceit, and Their Respective Adherents
      • 1 John 4:7–5:4a: Loving One Another as a Way of Abiding in and Loving God
      • 1 John 5:4b–12: Faith as Conqueror of the World and the Role of Testimony
    • The Conclusion
      • 1 John 5:13–21: The Conclusion
  • The Second Epistle of John
  • The Third Epistle of John

Product Details

  • Title: Epistles of John
  • Author: Raymond E. Brown
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 840

About Raymond E. Brown

Raymond E. Brown was, throughout his illustrious career, internationally regarded as the dean of New Testament scholars. He was Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In addition to his commentary on John in the Anchor Yale Bible, he has also authored more than 35 books.