Tag: D. A. Carson (page 1 of 2)
D.A. Carson is an excellent New Testament scholar and a gift to the church. The work he has done for the church is significant, including editing the Pillar series of commentaries and the New Studies in Biblical Theology series, as well as a vast number of great books. If only he would release more commentaries himself, though he is slated to provide titles for Galatians, Revelation, Hebrews and the Johannine Epistles. Carson also co-edited Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament with Greg Beale. All this to say, we should be interested when a lecture series by Carson on the book of Hebrews is released online! And that’s exactly what happened.
The Gospel of John plays a large role in the church’s understanding of the Trinity, but symptomatic of the increasing specialisation within scholarship is an unfortunate separation of exegesis from systematic theology. We are left with Biblical studies neglecting to take the next step from study of the Biblical text to further theological reflection and synthesis. Köstenberger and Swan’s hope to set an example of how the two can be rejoined in their work Father, Son and Spirit by providing a study that, “summarises and synthesises what John has to say about God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit” (p20).
The other day I was discussing Paul’s letter to the Romans with fellow CCBCY teacher Randy McCracken (who teaches OT and Romans here), and the merits (or lack thereof) of the New Perspective on Paul came up. His comments were insightful and encouraged me to brush up on the issues again. I found two great resources (albeit not new) that I’d recommend.
What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the “Son of God”? And why does the title matter? Maybe you have pondered these things, and it has never quite made sense. You wouldn’t be alone, the question is a common one; and especially with current controversies over how the title should be translated in Muslim contexts, a voice of sanity is needed. D. A. Carson is such a voice, and intends for his book Jesus the Son of God to “foster clear thinking” (p12) on these issues.
I’ve begun reading D. A. Carson’s small commentary on the Sermon on the Mount to go along with my morning reading through Matthew.