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In his books for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, Raymond Brown has made the rich insights of modern biblical exegesis conveniently available for four of the five great seasons of the liturgical year dealing with Christ. Here he completes the series by treating the final season, from Easter to Pentecost. During that season the church reads consecutively from the Acts of the Apostles, which recounts the external life of the early Christian community once the Spirit had come at Pentecost. The accompanying readings from the Gospel according to John portray the internal life of Christian disciples and promise a coming Paraclete to be sent by the Father.

Brown's title signifies his desire to do justice to these two great biblical sources, Acts and John, as he reflects on the lectionary readings. He shows how they speak to Christians of our time who are living out the external history of a visible church while internally drawing life from Jesus as branches on the vine. His present situation offer an opportunity to appreciate the thrust of the liturgical season immediately after Easter and to prepare ourselves for an intensified gift of the Spirit at Pentecost.

Raymond E. Brown, S.S. (1928-1998) was ordained in 1953 and was Auburn Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Author of some twenty-five books on the Bible and past president of three of the most important biblical societies in the world, he served by the Pope's appointment as member of the Roman Pontifical Biblical Commission. Time magazine has called him "probably the premier Catholic Scripture scholar in the US".


Introduction Explaining This Treatment of the Liturgical Season

Chapter 1: The Church Begins in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14-41)

Chapter 2: The Jerusalem Church of One Mind (Acts 2:42-5:42)

Brief Reflections on John 3 and John 6

Chapter 3: Diversity in the Jerusalem Church; Expansion to Judea and Samaria (Acts 6-9)

Brief Reflections on John 10 and John 12

Chapter 4: Outreach to the Gentiles; The Church of Antioch (Acts 10-14)

Brief Reflections on John 13-16

Chapter 5: The Jerusalem Conference Propels the Church to the Ends of the Earth (Acts 15-28)

Brief Reflections on John 17 and John 21

List of Liturgical Readings Between Easter and Pentecost

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