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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Oct 16 2009 5:22 PM

Raymond Brown died in 1998. The blurb for the new prepub collection makes it sound like he is still alive: "Since his career began nearly fifty years ago, Brown has pursued a career of honest scholarship of New Testament exegesis and interpretation."

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 16 2009 11:53 PM

Damian McGrath:
Raymond Brown died in 1998.

As a friend and priest always says "we're not aging, we're youthening" - his way of saying we're preparing for the next life. As a good Catholic priest, of course, Raymond E. Brown, S. S. isn't dead - it just looks that way from our limited perspective. Smile

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Al | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 17 2009 6:48 PM

C'mon, it does push the limits of credibility to have the prepub/dust jacket/whatever infer that Brown (or anyone else) is still alive.

As an example, if you read the prepubs/blurbs for some books, you would not know they were written 100 years ago or more - unless you did deeper.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 18 2009 2:49 PM

I heard that he quiped that he picked the boundries of _The Death of the Messiah_ so that it woud come out before the death of Raymond Brown, but, as Wisdom 3 says,

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,

and no torment will ever touch them.

2In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,

and their departure was thought to be a disaster,

3and their going from us to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

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