Raymond Brown, who has taught both at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, and at Woodstock College, was Auburn Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York until his death in 1998. He was chosen outstanding American Catholic theologian of the year in 1971, and was also elected president of the Catholic Biblical Association. In 1972 he was named an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Edinburgh, the first American priest to be so honored. At the same time, he was the only American named by Pope Paul VI to the newly reconstituted Roman Pontifical Biblical Commission. This appointment, the pope stated, was accorded to twenty scholars "outstanding for their learning, prudence, and Catholic regard for the magisterium of the Church," and was granted after consultation with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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