Life in Abundance: Studies of John's Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, SS is a collection of essays, edited by John R. Donahue, SJ, which includes papers given at the "An International Conference on the Gospel of John: Life in Abundance,” that was held at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore in October 2003, attended by leading Johannine scholars. The published essays cover the state of Johannine studies, Johannine theology, issues of interpretation, and a comprehensive bibliography of the writings of Raymond E. Brown, SS
Chapters in Part I: Johannine Studies: Challenges and Prospects are ”The Gospel of John: The Legacy of Raymond Brown and Beyond,” by Francis J. Moloney, SDB, response by R. Alan Culpepper; and "Future Directions of Johannine Studies,” by D. Moody Smith. Chapters in Part II: Historical Context and the Gospel of John are “The Whence and Whither of the Johannine Community,” by Robert Kysar, response by Hans-Joseph Klauck, OFM; “Methodological Considerations in the Study of John’s Interaction with First-Century Judaism,” by Burton L. Visotzky, response by Adele Reinhartz; “Qumran Literature and the Johannine Writings,” by Joseph A. Fitzmeyer, SJ, response by Daniel Harrington, SJ Chapters in Part III: Johannine Theology are “The Death of Jesus and the Human Condition: Exploring the Theology of John’s Gospel,” by Craig R. Koester, response by Gail O’Day; “The Resurrection (of the Body) in the Fourth Gospel: A Key to Johannine Spirituality,” by Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, response by Donald Senior, CP Chapters in Part IV: Interpreting the Work of Raymond Brown are “Hermeneutics and the Fourth Gospel: Ricoeur and Brown on the Surplus of Meaning,” by Robert F. Leavitt, SS, response by Francis Schüssler Fiorenza; “The Incarnate World Revealed: The Pastoral Writings of Raymond E. Brown,” by Ronald D. Witherup, SS Also includes a biography and bibliography, a sermon by Phyllis Trible, “Striving After Wind,” and a homily by John R. Donahue, SJ, “A Whisper from the Grave.”
John R. Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.