In reading around The Da Vinci Code and the Gospel of Judas the last few days, I’ve come across references to well-regarded NT scholar Raymond E Brown and his New York Times review of Elaine Pagel’s book The Gnostic Gospels. Had a bit of a time finding it but here it is. You’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to read it.
UPDATE: Readers, I need your help. The review mentioned above was printed on 20 January 1980. Though well worth reading, tt’s not, apparently, the review mentioned by Darrell Bock in his recent book Breaking the Da Vinci Code which he says was published by the New York Times in November 1979. I’m having a difficult time finding that particular review, even when searching for all “Raymond E Brown” or “Raymond Brown” articles in the NY Times archive before 1980. Any help, guidance, thoughts, or – even better – a url with the Nov 1979 article?