Book Review: Understanding the Times edited by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Robert W. Yarbrough

An Excellent Tribute to D.A. Carson by His Colleagues:

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 his Colleagues in honoring perhaps the premier evangelical New Testament scholar in this past generation encourage him. I am reminded of the author to the Hebrews word 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. O’Brien

8)    The Language of Baptism: The Meaning of Baptizo in the New Testament by Eckhard J. Schnabel

Part 3: New Testament Studies around the World

9)    New Testament Studies in Africa by Robert W. Yarbrough

10) New Testament Studies in North America by Craig L. Blomberg

11) New Testament Studies in Asia by David W. Pao

12) New Testament Studies in Europe by Robert W. Yarbrough

Appendix: D.A. Carson: His Life and Work to Date

Selected Writings of D.A. Carson

I think this is an excellent collection of essays. I enjoyed all the essays immensely – especially the ones in Part 2 and the Appendix written by Kostenberger. I particularly enjoyed the tribute as not only a testament to the great scholar that Carson is, but also to his integrity and character as a godly man who happens to have a great mind, but also a shepherd’s heart for nurturing the flock for whom our loving Savior died. I think that any one who loves D.A. Carson’s work will love him even more after reading this book. I am so grateful for his labors and pray that he is encouraged and others will be motivated to follow in his steps as he has followed in the steps of Christ.

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 28 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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