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Select Works of Francis J. Moloney (4 vols.)
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Select Works of Francis J. Moloney (4 vols.)


Wipf & Stock 2001–2009

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Gathering Interest


Study these selected works by internationally-renowned Johannine scholar, Francis J. Moloney. In these volumes, Moloney addresses topics such as the meaning of religious life in the modern world, the use of the title “Son of Man” in John’s Gospel, and the person and role of Mary in the New Testament. He also brings his biblical scholarship to bear on a narrative critical reading of each Gospel’s first verses. With Moloney’s guidance, you’ll gain insight into understanding—and living—the New Testament message today.

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Find more of Francis J. Moloney’s work in the Sacra Pagina New Testament Commentary Series.

Key Features

  • Presents authoritative Johannine scholarship
  • Ties New Testament studies to living in today’s world
  • Examines the person and role of Mary

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Individual Titles

A Life of Promise: Poverty, Chastity, Obedience

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 176

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Francis J. Moloney, a member of the religious order Salesians of Don Bosco, looks at the “supreme rule” of religious life as put forth by the Council Fathers at Vatican II: “the following of Christ as it is put before us in the Gospel.”

Living this rule in the modern age presents many challenges. Moloney states that the world ridicules the idea that the rules of poverty, chastity, and obedience can be linked to freedom, but that “biblical poverty, chastity, and obedience are the vocation of every man and woman, and they are . . . our way to authentic humanity.”

Beginning the Good News: A Narrative Approach

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 176

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Francis J. Moloney provides a narrative critical reading of Mark 1:1-13, Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2, and John 1:1-18 to illustrate that the readings of the Gospels set up a tension in the reader who learns from the beginning, but still cannot rest satisfied—the Gospels’ beginnings promise the reader the great prize of understanding, later.

The Johannine Son of Man

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 346

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Internationally renowned Johannine scholar Francis J. Moloney studies the Christology of the title “Son of Man” used in the Fourth Gospel. Each occurrence of this title is studied in detail, and Moloney also surveys the accepted scholarship on its use, drawing his own conclusions about the “specific theological point” to make from John’s use of this title.

Fr. Moloney’s study truly helps its readers appreciate the Johannization of the Son of Man title. By doing so the author offers not only deeper insights into the Fourth Gospel, but also a fuller appreciation of him to whom the Fourth Gospel testifies.

The Downside Review

Certainly, Moloney’s work is a major contribution to the discussion of the Johannine Son of Man, though it will be useful also to students of the Fourth Gospel in general.

Theologishe Zeitschrift

One will find Moloney’s exegetical approach and results difficult to ignore or gainsay.

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Here is a biblical scholar and his work of which the Australian Church can be justly proud.

The Australasian Catholic Record

Every New Testament specialist will welcome this important addition to the ongoing Son of Man discussion in general, and the light shed by this volume on the distinctively Johannine aspects of the question in particular.

The Expository Times

No recent work has squarely focused on the centrality of the Son of Man sayings for the Fourth Gospel. Moloney does just that, in a monograph that is unusually readable and direct, yet not lacking in erudition of scholarly care.


Moloney’s work throughout exhibits a certain right-headedness in the face of some current trends. It is refreshing to be reminded of the evangelist’s coherence and consistency, rather than of the complexity and obscurity of his sources.

Journal of Biblical Literature

Mary: Woman and Mother

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 80

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In Mary: Woman and Mother, Francis J. Moloney studies the New Testament’s presentation of Mary’s person and role. After indicating the limits and strengths of a biblical study of Mary, he examines the Marian texts from the Letter of Paul to the Galatians, the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Gospel of John. This book shows that in recognizing Mary as God’s place of encounter with all that is most beautiful among women and men, we will gain access to the womanly, maternal face of God.

About Francis J. Moloney

Francis J. Moloney earned his STL from the Salesian Pontifical University in 1970 and his LSS from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1972. He earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1976. He was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne’s College of Divinity in Australia from 1976 to 1994. Moloney was the first theologian to be recognized as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities—an honor conferred in 1992—and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1994.

Moloney became professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, in 1999, and was elected president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America in 2001. By 2003, he was dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the International Theological Commission to the Holy See and served on it for 18 years. Moloney has written 36 books including a number of books on the Gospel of John. His works include Sacra Pagina: The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary, Belief in the Word: Reading John 1–4, Signs and Shadows: Reading John 5–12, and Glory not Dishonor: Reading John 13–21.