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In part 1, Carson selects essays written on such themes as how to interpret the Bible, recent developments in the doctrine of Scripture, unity and diversity in the New Testament, and redaction criticism. Presenting a theologically balanced and confessional perspective, Carson defines the terms of a number of debates, critiques interpretive methods and theories, and suggests positive guidelines for future action.
Part 2 presents critical reviews of nine books dealing with the inspiration and authority of Scripture. Though substantial in content, Carson's detailed reviews will foster careful thought and perspective in those who are relatively new to the debates surrounding biblical inspiration and authority.
This volume is a diverse collection that will prove to be a helpful resource to both seasoned pastors and scholars and those who are just starting serious study of the Bible.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2010
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D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
jeffkentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Scholarly.September 4, 2016jeffkentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4His essays can be difficult to follow (at least for me) but this book is definitely worth a few dollars. The book reviews are really good, and the essays have a lot of good insight.
Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Carson delivers yet again.July 29, 2012Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Carson, a man with an obvious heart for the Lord, shows his aptitude when dealing with more scholarly topics in this book. The layout is such that one doesn't have to read the book from start to finish. You are free to skip back and forth.
I especially appreciated his overview essay on redaction criticism. He takes a very balanced approach and asks all the right questions. He doesn't fail to interact with the most influential materials from across the theological spectrum.
You will not be disappointed.
Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5The foremost evangelical NT scholar weighs inMay 28, 2011Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleSolomon said "there is nothing new under the sun". In theology, however, this often appears not to be the case. With the preponderance of scholars today divided up into numerous different biblical disciplines, a constant barrage of books and controversies threatened to inundate us in a tidal wave of "new" ideas and opinions. Against such a barrage, we need seasoned, Christian scholars who can navigate through this sea of scholarly opinion without losing their bearings on the north star of Christian orthodox truth.
D.A. Carson is just such a scholar. Over thirty plus years of ministry, Carson has plotted a faithful course and in the process has given the Church an abundance of incredibly helpful books and articles along the way. He's also had a hand in training many Christian ministers of the gospel to cling to the Word of God in today's dark world. As I read through a recent compilation of many of Carson's writings on Scripture, I was amazed at how relevant his treatment of the doctrine in the controversies of 20 years ago was to today. Maybe Solomon was right after all!
In "Collected Writings on Scripture", recently published by Crossway, Andrew Naselli has compiled some of D.A. Carson's most helpful articles, essays and book reviews on the subject of Scripture. Most of these writings are chapters in a book somewhere or an article in a journal from 20 years ago elsewhere. Naselli has helpfully collected them in one volume, and after working my way through the book, I agree this was a wise decision.
Carson has the ability to cut through the fog and get to the heart of a controversy, while at the same time staying dispassionate and irenic. His clear reason and forceful logic require even those being critiqued to agree that he has correctly captured their viewpoint even as he finds some fault with it. For the reader, Carson takes one on a journey across the last thirty years and indeed over the past two thousand. He surveys new developments in the doctrine of Scripture and compares them to church history and Scripture itself. Some of the essays or reviews are more technical and focus on a particular author or controversy, but Carson takes pains to show how what is at stake in an individual work applies to the broader picture. Along the way, a robust doctrine of Scripture is hammered out on the anvil of controversy and I found that my confidence and trust in the orthodox doctrines of verbal inspiration and inerrancy were strengthened.
Carson doesn't just preach to the choir. He chastens the church for the diminishing role of the authority of Scriptures. He doesn't hesitate to use the work of others, either. Whether it's a jewel of a quote from Calvin, or a painstaking new explanation of the New Testament witness to inerrancy by Grudem, Carson is both aware of the contribution of others and applies it winsomely to the current discussion.
Carson's ability to dissect a book and both appreciate its good points and show its weaknesses is nothing short of amazing. A few of the chapters deal with three books on Scripture at once. Seeing Carson interact with these books strengthened my critical eye and informed me of Carson's perspective at the same time. I was particularly helped by his discussion of Peter Enns's book "Inspiration and Incarnation". Carson is disturbed by Enns seeming goal of overthrowing the confidence in Scripture that many of his readers have: "Wow. So are we explaining how evangelical faith accommodates biblical scholarship, or are we asserting that a Copernican revolution must take place within evangelical faith so as to accommodate biblical scholarship?" (pg. 367). He goes on to show that while incarnation can be a helpful analogy for understanding Scripture, Enns fails to explain what view of incarnation he has, how exactly Jesus' humanity equates to Scripture's humanness (if Scripture has errors does that mean Jesus had sin??), and how he uses the analogy. Carson concludes, rather, that "`Incarnation' is merely a rhetorically positive word to approve Enns's argument" (pg. 269).
Carson's review of Enns's book leads to my one disappointment with this collection. Carson deals a lot with hermeneutics in dealing with Peter Enns's claims. Carson concludes concerning the apostles that their "hermeneutic... overlaps with that of the Jews, is distinguishable from it, and at certain points is much more in line with the actual shape of Scripture: it rests on the unpacking of the Bible's storyline." (pg. 282). It is here that I wish Carson would elaborate. I was hoping this collection would include Carson's thoughts on hermeneutics along with inspiration and canonization. I'm not sure if Carson has given us an extended treatment of hermeneutics, so that might be why it is excluded. Still, what is included is superb and furthers my belief that Carson's scholarship is one of the incredible blessings God has given the Church today.
This book is not for everyone. Some familiarity with current controversies over inerrancy and Scripture is required. Students and pastors alike will be blessed and challenged by reading this book. And even if it is a stretch for you, you should benefit. I know I did. I recommend the book highly.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Crossway Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
StephenChattanooga, TnAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book for Any TheologianDecember 16, 2010StephenChattanooga, TnAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5D.A. Carson is one of my favorite authors and speakers, so if this book review sound a bit biased it's probably because it is. Crossway isn't paying me money to give a good book review, I'm just reviewing as I read. I'm also going to say that D.A. Carson is one of the most brilliant theologians of our day and age and this book shows it.
This book is a collection of essays and book reviews Carson has written during his career. The book begins with essays on the Bible and answering the questions "What is the Bible?" and "How do we interpret it?" It then moves to "Recent Developments in the Doctrines of Scripture" The next essay is "Unity and Diversity in the New Testament." This essay was one of my favorites because Carson really shows his love for the diverse church. He shows there are some fundamental portions on the doctrine of scripture that all Christians need to affirm, but that we need not say one person is not a brother solely because they don't agree with us completely.
The fourth essay is "Redaction Criticism": On the Legitimacy and Illegitimacy of a Literary Tool" in which Carson critiques some of the more modern tools of interpreting scripture. The final essay answers the questions whether or not the "Doctrine of Claritas Scripturae is still relevant today." In summary, the doctrine of Claritas Scripturae answers the question whether or not scripture is clear and understandable.
The second section are book reviews that Carson has done throughout the years. I would love to say more, but I have said too much already. This book was challenging for me, but also freeing considering how much of the doctrine of scripture is being questioned. This is a must read for any theologian studying the doctrine of the Bible.