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Cuchulain stirred,
Stared on the horses of the sea, and heard
The cars of battle and his own name cried;
And fought with the invulnerable tide.
— William Butler Yeats, Cuchulain’s Fight with the Sea

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The Infancy Narratives

Review: The Birth of the Messiah. Raymond E. Brown
Format: Paperback. Doubleday, 1979.
Rating (of 5): 3.8

Ever since my first religion class at the UNC, I have been interested in the works of Fr Brown. While I definitely do not agree with everything that he has to say, you cannot argue that his exegesis of the New Testament is dedicated, well-reasoned, and impeccably researched. Right now, I am working on a talk regarding the Nativity of Jesus Christ for a series of Firesides in December and I read this to get a lot of the history and background on the Matthew and Luke gospels back fresh in my mind.

I have several thoughts which will turn into blog posts under the religion and Christianity tags in the near future, so I won’t go into them here. Suffice it to say that Fr Brown is an authority and his works are milestones in scholarly and catholic thought. The commentaries here are a part of the Yale Anchor Bible series and worthy of that acclaim. Not suitable for an introductory look into the New Testament, they are nevertheless definitive works.

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