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The Select Works of D. A. Carson (7 vols.)

by Carson, D. A.

Baker, Baker Academic 1979–2010

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Theologian and professor D. A. Carson has, in numerous books, impacted, challenged, and educated Christian readers. In this seven-volume collection, he analyzes key New Testament passages, provides an apologia for the Christian faith, refutes common misperceptions of the King James translation, and presents a manual to New Testament Greek accents. The Select Works of D. A. Carson includes expositions of Matthew 5–10, John 14–17, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians 10–13. Carson reveals the many lessons we can learn and apply from Scripture, Jesus’ teaching, and Paul’s experience and wisdom.

With Logos Bible Software, Scripture passages appear on mouse-over, and all cross-references link to the other resources in your digital library, making this collection powerful and easy to access—a cornerstone reference for scholarly work or personal Bible study. Perform comprehensive searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for instance, every mention of “leadership” or “Matthew 7:12.”

Looking for more of D. A. Carson’s works? Check out the D. A. Carson Collection (4 vols.).

Key Features

  • Includes expositions of four New Testament passages
  • Provides a defense of the Christian faith
  • Analyzes New Testament Greek accents
  • Addresses misconceptions about the King James translation

Individual Titles

The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144

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It’s common today to see the image of the cross adorning churches, dangling from necklaces, and gleaming from lapels. Yet that image, so sanitized for us today, was grotesque and abhorrent to those living in the first century—a symbol of evil, torture, and shame. It’s this realistic and horrifying view of the cross that should call us to Christian ministry and compel us to share the Good News of Christ’s triumph over death.

Through his exposition of 1 Corinthians, D. A. Carson presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and ministering to God’s people. He confronts factionalism, servant-leadership, shaping “world” Christians, and the source of knowledge in order to help Christian leaders learn principles for dynamic, cross-centered worship.

The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus: An Exposition of John 14–17

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 207

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In The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus, D. A. Carson offers a penetrating exposition of John 14–17—the finale of Jesus’ teaching. These short studies touch on many of the great themes of the Christian faith, held together by the experience of the cross that loomed over Christ and his disciples at Gethsemane.

Here is scholarship at its best, a clear, well-reasoned, understandable account.

Evangelical Times

. . . highly recommended for its homiletical and expositional values. The preacher who likes to prepare expository sermons will find invaluable guidelines in exegesis, illustrations, and inspirational poetry.

Seminary Review

The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240

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Most people—most Christians, even—don’t have a basic working knowledge of the Bible. How can we understand the story of God—and our part in it—when we’re not familiar with it? In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes you through the story of Scripture to help you know what you believe and why you believe it.

Don Carson’s The God Who Is There is a unique and important volume in many ways. It is neither a traditional systematic theology nor a Bible survey. It unpacks the whole biblical storyline through the lens of God’s character and actions. As a ministry tool, it can be used for evangelism, since it so thoroughly lays out the doctrine of God, as Paul does on Mars Hill in Acts 17. And yet it also does what the catechisms of the Reformation churches did: give Christians a grounding in basic biblical beliefs and behavior.

Timothy Keller, pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, NY

This is a much-needed book. D. A. Carson is one of the few biblical scholars who are gifted to write simply and in a way that captivates. We live in a time when people quickly reject or accept the Bible without even knowing its contents. Carson does a masterful job of explaining the Scriptures so that a person who has never even opened the Bible can understand it. At the same time, those who grew up under its teaching will find valuable and obvious truths that will lead them to greater worship and appreciation of the God we serve.

—Francis Chan, pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Simi Valley, CA

What a wonderful resource! I love how Carson pulls together—in such an inviting way—God’s story from his Word! This book is a treasure for those who want to know what the Bible says as well as those of us who have read it, taught it, and lived it for years.

—Crawford W. Loritts Jr., senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, GA

I am constantly on the lookout for good books for thoughtful students about issues of faith. The pickings are usually slim. D. A. Carson’s The God Who Is There offers a helpful resource I can heartily recommend. It is challenging yet respectful, thought-provoking yet accessible, faithful to the historic Christian faith yet relevant to our ever-changing world. I hope many students and faculty will give it serious consideration.

—Randy Newman, staff member, Campus Crusade for Christ

If you’ve ever wanted to hear God’s story, then this book is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to come face-to-face with the God who made, loves, and rescues you, then this book is for you. And if you’ve never picked up the Bible or wandered into a Christian church, then this book is especially for you.

—Sam Chan, lecturer in theology, preaching, and ethics, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Australia

This may well prove to be one of the finest and most influential books D. A. Carson has written. A comprehensive apologia for the Christian faith, it is rooted in engaging exposition of major biblical texts, tracing the chronological story of God’s gospel grace with rich theological insight. Skillfully related to the objections and issues raised by twenty-first-century culture, it will inspire and equip any Christian who desires to communicate Christ more effectively and can confidently be given to any inquirer seeking to discover the heart of biblical faith. It is the best book of its kind I have read for many years.

David J. Jackman, former president, Proclamation Trust

Greek Accents: A Student’s Manual

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 158

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Here is everything you need to know about New Testament Greek accents—a subject often slighted or ignored by introductory grammars. Those “grammars which deal with accents scatter their information throughout their pages,” writes the author, “and some of that information I soon discovered to be correct for Attic Greek, but incorrect for the Greek of the New Testament.” Along with a step-by-step presentation of the rules of accenting, illustrated by examples, this manual provides practice exercises and an answer key to aid comprehension.

For students who do want to learn accents, this book is a must. It is clearly organized and written, thorough, pedagogically sound, and free of misprints.

Review and Expositor

Supplies the need for major study explaining how accents work. . . . Puts much information together in such a well-packaged form.

Bibliotheca Sacra

[Provides] all the things you ever wanted to know about New Testament Greek accents. . . . Students will find themselves with a more complete knowledge of the original language of the New Testament.

ADRIS Newsletter

Everything is beautifully clear and the many paradigms and examples should make it excellent for learning. . . . The learner is not likely to be left at a loss at any point.

Expository Times

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5–10

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 304

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“I am deeply convinced that the church of Christ needs to study the Sermon on the Mount again and again,” writes D. A. Carson. In his popular explanation of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5–10, this renowned author clearly presents the inescapable demands on the believer to live a pure and dedicated life.

As Carson covers the Sermon on the Mount and the events that follow, he blends good writing, thoughtful exposition, and consistent respect for the authority of Jesus’ words. Bible teachers in church and parachurch groups, thoughtful Christians who want more than a surface-level devotional, and pastors who preach on Matthew 5–10 will find rich insights and practical applications in this book. Two included appendixes summarize the various critical approaches to and theological interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount. These appendixes will help readers view Carson’s interpretation with a more balanced vision and deeper understanding.

The King James Version Debate: A Plea for Realism

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 128

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“The King James Version is superior to all modern English translations of the Bible”—so say many popular books and pamphlets. The King James Version Debate is the first book-length refutation of this point of view written for both pastors and laymen. The author concisely explains the science of textual criticism, since the main premise advanced by KJV proponents is the superiority of the Greek text on which it is based.

After showing the problems with this premise, the author refutes the common propositions that:

  • The KJV is the most accurate translation
  • It is the most durable
  • Its use of the Old English forms (e.g., “thou”) makes it the most reverent
  • It honors Christ more than do other versions
  • It is the most easily memorized
  • It is the most suitable for public reading

Concluding the book is an appendix in which, on a more technical level, the author answers W. N. Pickering’s The Identity of the New Testament Text, the most formidable defense of the priority of the Byzantine text yet published in our day.

A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10–13

  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 192

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How do some of the Apostle Paul’s most passionate words help us understand our lives as Christians today? According to Bible scholar D. A. Carson, 2 Corinthians 10-13 clearly reveals Paul’s heart and mind. It contains such well-known passages as Paul’s description of his thorn in the flesh, as well as an intense chronicle of his specific sufferings. This section of Scripture also models Paul’s style of spiritual leadership and warns of false leadership in the church—something of crucial importance to anyone with an influential role in the body of believers.

Carson unpacks Paul’s call for us to embrace discipline and obedience and his thoughts on the nature of spiritual boasting. Through Paul we explore the struggles, opportunities, and intentions of a Christian under fire, journeying with him as he seeks to guide the Corinthian church and speak to us as well.

Product Details

  • Title: The Select Works of D. A. Carson
  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 1,373

About D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is a respected professor, author, and speaker. He is currently a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has been teaching since 1978. Carson earned an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. He lectures in academic and church settings around the world.

Carson has written over 50 books, including his popular The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism and Exegetical Fallacies. He has also written commentaries in both The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series and the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.