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Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5-10 Paperback – April 1, 2004
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The original Sermon on the Mount book discussed some historical, critical, and theological questions within the main text, and Carson has now separated that material into appendices, making the main body of the text more like that of the second book. Both books originated out of sermons, and therefore they are quite accessible, yet the fact that they're from one of the foremost evangelical biblical scholars today ensures that they flow out of the best biblical scholarship.
This book is an excellent place to get into this section of Matthew without the full study of a commentary and all the distractions therein. It focuses on the main theological and practical points in the text, making it useful for understanding the point of the text for the Christian life, yet it does it from someone who is a published scholar on the book of Matthew, which gives it far more backing than slimmer studies tend to have.
Yet when I started reading this book, just after reading about the first beatitude, I sensed the Spirit of the Lord within and praised the Lord for this book. Finally, after a ten year on and off study of the first of Jesus' teaching, God allowed me to find this book. This far exceeds anything I have read; it answers the questions I had of this WONDERFUL TEACHING OF THE KING OF KINGS, THE LORD OF LORDS. It is neither like a shallow pond, with its mud stirred up, which seems deep because the bottom is not within view. This false depth is typical of many scholarly works on this subject, which do not satisfy us with truth but distract our intellect with wordiness. Nor is this like many practical works, which often depend on a false piety due to a lack of the exegetical skills and effort needed to crack the tough code of this passage.
Just get it, buy it. You must understand the first teaching of Christ, since all His teaching and His great comission point back to this beginning. To serve Him and enter His kingdom, His first teaching, the beatitudes and the sermon on the mount, are HIS REQUIREMENT, SINCE THEY ARE HIS COMMANDS, HIS REQUIREMENTS OF ENTRANCE INTO HIS KINGDOM.
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Very well done. Handles the text with great respect, but does not skirt the difficult issues of interpretation.Published 13 months ago by M. Thaman
Clarity and a thorough treatment is what is expected from Mr. Carson, and he delivers. His work on this section of scripture helps to open the reader's understanding of this... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan Whiteker
Carson has a way of bringing common sense exegesis to what seems to be a familiar text. Through his lucid teaching, the S on the M becomes more nuanced. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by Josh B
It is an excellent book that use Jesus' sermon the mount to help us deal with how to handle confrontation in a proper manner.Published on February 13, 2011 by Emma J. Waddy