News of Raymond Brown’s death on August 8, 1998, swept through the scholarly community like a global blackout. A renowned scholar, teacher, churchman, mentor and friend was gone. A source of popular insights, meditations, lectures, workshops and retreats was gone.
After completing distinguished works on the passion of Christ (Death of the Messiah, 1994) and the New Testament (Introduction to the New Testament, 1997), Brown had begun to revise his first major work, the two-volume Anchor Bible Commentary on John’s Gospel (1966/1970). Francis J. Moloney, a distinguished Johannine scholar in his own right, took on the task of editing the work Brown left behind.