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Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of D. A. Carson on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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“Don Carson is one of the most productive and capable evangelical scholars in the English-speaking world, and this volume by former students and teaching colleagues reflects the breadth of his interests and especially his concern for the development of biblical studies in a global context. Alongside fresh personal contributions to New Testament study, there are informative surveys of developments in New Testament studies in Africa and Asia, as well as in North America and Europe. This solid volume thus offers not only a worthy tribute to its honoree but also valuable assessments of the state of New Testament scholarship worldwide.”
—I. Howard Marshall, Professor Emeritus, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
“D. A. Carson is the Renaissance man of North American evangelicalism. He is a biblical scholar of the highest caliber, a preacher and evangelist of renown, and a theologian of unswerving commitment to the gospel. His teaching ministry has spanned the globe; in fact, I’ve heard his sermon on Matthew 27 on three different continents and found it equally stirring each time. This book is a snapshot of issues in the international New Testament scene as it stands today. This erudite collection of essays is rightly dedicated to one who has committed his life to serving the global church.”
—Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry
“This lively book of essays represents a fitting tribute to the life of Don Carson, one of the liveliest and most learned biblical scholars of our time. It will only suit its honoree, however, if it leads its varied readers to the Scriptures he has studied for so long, increasing devotion and fidelity to the gospel they proclaim. I pray that God will make this so for Jesus’ sake.”
—Douglas A. Sweeney, Professor of Church History, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“This is a remarkable series of studies in honor of a remarkable man. Carson’s influence has been extraordinary, and this book explores a number of his particular interests with great skill.”
—Simon Gathercole, Senior Lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge; author, Where Is Boasting? and The Preexistent Son
About the Author
Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is a prolific author, distinguished evangelical scholar, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. His books include The Heresy of Orthodoxy, God, Marriage, and Family, The Final Days of Jesus (with Justin Taylor), and God's Design for Man and Woman (with Margaret Köstenberger). Dr. Köstenberger and his wife have four children.
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I love to be encouraged; encourage others; and see others encouraged as well. In this collection of essays honoring D.A. Carson (on the occasion of his 65th birthday) I hope that he is encouraged by his Colleagues in honoring perhaps the premier evangelical New Testament scholar in this past generation. I am reminded of the author to the Hebrews words of encouragement to faithful workers like Carson, "For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do (Hebrews 6:10)." Thank you scholars for paying tribute to such a wonderful gift to the church - at 65 - I hope he lives many more fruitful years so as to continue disseminating outstanding Biblical Theology that benefits the Church and helps strengthen students of the Bible to make a difference in our culture for the glory of Christ.
This book is into three sections that cover the breadth of Carson's areas of expertise as a prolific writer and speaker:
Part 1: New Testament Studies and Ancillary Disciplines
1) Greek Linguistics and Lexicography by Stanley E. Porter
2) Hermeneutics and Theological Interpretation by Grant Osborne
3) The Church: A Summary and Reflection by Mark Dever
4) Evangelical Self-Identity and the Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy by John D. Woodbridge
Part 2: Special Topics in New Testament Studies
5) Lifting up the Son of Man and God's Love for the World: John 3:16 in its Historical, Literary, and Theological Contexts by Andreas J. Kostenberger
6) Justification in Galatians by Douglas J. Moo
7) God as the Speaking: "Theology" in the Letter to the Hebrews by Peter T.Read more ›
My first introduction to Carson's writings was through his work, "Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14". I appreciated his honest and fair treatment of the text. He is an "open but cautious" guy regarding the charismatic gifts, and that's saying quite a bit considering his background. He had much to offer for both sides of the argument. I knew right away that Carson was a credible scholar who was irenic in tone and was concerned about the Gospel above all and promoting as much unity as possible around the Gospel. Carson's recent involvement with the Gospel Coalition evidences the heart of a statesman for the Gospel who is able to speak to a broad spectrum within Evangelicalism.
Now, to the book. I actually think the book is a bit pricey in that it will primarily appeal to those who have a heightened interest in NT studies, who will likely only be drawn to a handful of the essays within the book. That being said, the essays are worthwhile to those who have interest in the disciplines dealt with. I was particularly drawn to the following essays:
Hermeneutics and Theological Interpretation by Grant Osborne
Evangelical Self-Identity and the Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy by John D. Woodbridge
Lifting Up the Son of Man and God's Love for the World: John 3:16 in Its Historical, Literary, and Theological Contexts by Andreas J. Kostenberger
Justification in Galatians by Douglas J.Read more ›
The essays by Carson's friends and colleagues are of course well written, but almost completely academic and in most cases will probably appeal only to seminary students and those who have at least a rudimentary understanding of hermenuetics and Greek. The chapter on Baptism, for instance, contains several Bible verses written in the original Greek.
Andreas Kostenberger, one of the editors of the book, elaborates on the headiness of the book in his excellent tribute to his friend in the appendix (one of the best, if not the best chapter in the book), when he at one point mentions Carson's "massive erudition."
The book also has a few words that most of us average readers will undoubtedly struggle with.. "monosemous," "contrapuntalism," and "solipsistic," to name just a few.
The chapters on New Testament studies around the globe are all excellent though, and the one about Africa is perhaps the best.
Just be forewarned, this is not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination.
But kudos to Crossway for publishing a great tribute to one of the most respected scholars of our time, who in turn helps us understand the times.