Timothy over at the Catholic Bibles Blog draws attention to the Fr Raymond E. Brown page.
Likely the most influential American Catholic Biblical Scholar of the twentieth century, Fr. Raymond Brown, who passed in August of 1998, now has a nifty website dedicated to him. It includes articles, recollections, and opportunities to purchase some of his audio and video recordings. This site looks pretty new, so I can imagine that we will see more added to it in the coming months.
Among Fr. Raymond Brown’s most prominent works, in English, would certainly be his Anchor Bible Commentary on the Gospel of St. John, The Birth of the Messiah, The Death of the Messiah, and one of his last books An Introduction to the New Testament. (I should also mention his work on the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.)
Here is a helpful bio of Fr. Raymond Brown from Christianbook.com:
When he died in August 1998 at the age of 70, Father Raymond Brown was the “acknowledged dean of New Testament scholarship and a master of his discipline at the pinnacle of his career”…
Are we walking to heaven backward? Msgr Charles Pope writes on the Priest’s orientation during the celebration of Mass.
… The liturgical questions of the history of the eastward orientation and its recent loss, of how and why we got into the modern closed circle mentality, and the erroneous understandings of the liturgists of the 1950s about the practice of the early Church, are all discussed more aptly by others more liturgically versed than I.
Please consider dear reader that my proposal is not for a sudden and swift change in our liturgical stance. Rather, that we begin to ponder if, by our inwardly focused stance in circular and fan shaped churches, facing each other, we are communicating what we really intend. Does our stance project that our real focus here is God? Does it communicate the goal of the liturgy to lead us to God? Does it inculcate a spirit of leadership in our clergy who are called to lead us to God? Does a largely closed circle manifest an outward trajectory to evangelize outward and unto the ends of the earth?
Whatever pastoral blessings come with “facing the people” (and there are some blessings) there may be value in continuing to reassess whether our modern pastoral stance of an inwardly focused liturgy serves us well and communicates what we are really doing and experiencing…
Read it all here.