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Baker D.A. Carson Collection (15 vols.)

by Carson, D. A., Beale, G. K., Woodbridge, John D.

Baker Academic, Baker 1979–2010

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Overview

Study renowned theologian D.A. Carson’s exposition, commentary, and life applications with 15 volumes of his most significant works. The resources in this collection cover a variety of topics, but they all share Carson’s clear voice and thorough biblical research. Students and seminarians will benefit from the sixth edition of his New Testament Commentary Survey, his Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and his guide to exegetical Bible study; preachers from his expositions of the Gospels and Paul’s epistles. And everyone will learn from The God Who Is There—a guide to the story of God and your place within it.

Study renowned theologian D.A. Carson’s exposition, commentary, and life applications with 15 volumes of his most significant works. The resources in this collection cover a variety of topics, but they all share Carson’s clear voice and thorough biblical research. Students and seminarians will benefit from the sixth edition of his New Testament Commentary Survey, his Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and his guide to exegetical Bible study; preachers from his expositions of the Gospels and Paul’s epistles. And everyone will learn from The God Who Is There—a guide to the story of God and your place within it.

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament was a 2008 Christianity Today Book Award winner.

Key Features

  • Includes the most significant works by renowned author D.A. Carson
  • Provides the most recent editions of Carson’s impactful volumes
  • Offers a variety of texts that all demonstrate Carson’s biblical research

Individual Titles

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

  • Editors: D.A. Carson and G.K. Beale
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 1,280

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Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to the Old Testament that may be unfamiliar or obscure. In this volume, G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team of scholars to isolate, catalog, and comment on both the obvious Old Testament quotations and the more subtle allusions found in the New Testament. The result is a comprehensive commentary on the Old Testament references that appear from Matthew through Revelation. It is a vital resource for the reference library of every student of the New Testament.

This really is a new sort of commentary! For the first time we are given a continuous exegetical reading of the way each New Testament book quotes, alludes to, and evokes the Old Testament Scriptures. This volume will be an immensely useful resource for all kinds of study of the New Testament.

Richard Bauckham, professor, New Testament studies, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

Finally a volume that surveys the use of the Old Testament in each book of the New Testament. Written by top-tier scholars with unsurpassed expertise in New Testament exegesis, these essays model sound engagement with Scripture that quotes Scripture. This excellent collection is a must-read for all who wish to understand how the New Testament writers understood and used their Bible. This long-awaited volume deserves to become a standard text that will hopefully launch a new stage of fresh work in biblical research.

Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor, New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College

Every scholar would profit by having a copy of this thorough and judicious work on his or her desk. The authors have collected for us an immense amount of material and insight in a relatively short space, and many of us will be grateful for their efforts. This commentary is a profound witness to the unity of the Testaments in the mystery of Christ.

Francis Martin, Cardinal Adam Maida Chair of Biblical Studies, Sacred Heart Seminary

Finally we have a work that examines the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament and covers the entirety of the New Testament in a single volume. Pastors, students, and scholars will profit from the careful attention to both the Old and New Testament contexts in which the citations occur, and they will be enriched by the theological depth represented in this important book.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor, New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

More than a generation ago, C.H. Dodd and a few other scholars began sowing the seeds of a new and fruitful approach to reading Scripture, by studying the New Testament writers’ use of Old Testament texts. The present commentary thus represents the harvest of decades of research into the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. By carefully observing various factors, ranging from the textual to the theological, each contributor shows how the New Testament writers were not only careful readers of the Old Testament but also profound theologians themselves. The scholars on this superb team assembled by Beale and Carson distill many new and remarkable insights for exegesis and theology, all of which serve to demonstrate the explanatory power of this approach for the present and the future. This landmark volume should prove to be an invaluable resource for both the church and the academy—for pastors, teachers, and students alike, whether Protestant or Catholic—and for anyone wanting to go deeper into the heart of sacred Scripture. Indeed, Beale and Carson are to be thanked and congratulated for a momentous accomplishment.

Scott Hahn, Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation, St. Vincent Seminary; professor of scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

G.K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies and professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts?, and commentaries on Revelation and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

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

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.

How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil

  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 240

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This clear and accessible treatment of key biblical themes related to human suffering and evil is written by one of the most respected evangelical biblical scholars alive today. Carson brings together a close, careful exposition of key biblical passages with helpful pastoral applications. The second edition has been updated throughout.

New Testament Commentary Survey

  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Edition: 6th
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 160

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This much-anticipated sixth edition of the New Testament Commentary Survey offers students and pastors an updated look into available resources on the New Testament. Pastors, seminarians, and theology students will eagerly welcome this invaluable tool into their biblical studies libraries. In this succinct yet thorough survey, Carson examines sets, one-volume commentaries, and New Testament introductions and theologies, before offering extensive comments on the available offerings for each New Testament book, noting intended audience, levels of difficulty, and theological perspective. He records the publisher, price, and current publication status, identifies those texts he considers overpriced, and advises readers when to delay purchase for forthcoming works. The book concludes with a useful “Best Buys” section where Carson indicates the most valuable works for each individual New Testament book.

The multiplication of commentaries and monographs on individual books of the New Testament, and the difficulty of discerning the wheat from the chaff, makes this book a valuable resource indeed—a must read for the student or pastor who is building his or her library. Don Carson’s expert guidance will save the beginning student from many bad purchases . . . Carson certainly provides all one needs to arrive at a ‘short list’ of necessary resources and to be acquainted with the potential pitfalls and strengths of most books that a student might encounter in the course of researching an exegetical paper. This book is highly recommended.

David A. DeSilva, Ashland Theological Journal

Numerous students, ministers—and, I suspect, theological teachers—will have used previous editions of this invaluable little book . . . As a reference tool, Carson’s book is a gold mine of informed judgment. It is a great strength of the book that Carson does not place value on a book because it confirms his theological position but because it helps the careful and critical reader better understand the biblical text. Yet Carson is prepared to indicate clearly where an author’s presuppositions or methods influence his or her approach to the text in a negative way. In fact, to read through this book is to get a concise introduction to trends and key players in contemporary New Testament studies . . . If you have any intention of building up a personal library on the New Testament that is full of tools which are effective in aiding you to understand the meaning of the biblical text, read Carson before you spend your money. You may not always agree with his comments but you will be helped to make more informed choices.

Themelios

This is the most useful survey of New Testament commentaries currently available.

John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly

Carson’s work is most valuable and his perceptive remarks will serve pastors and students well.

David S. Dockery, Review and Expositor

[An] eminently useful survey . . . The author has developed a running narrative approach which is refreshing and much more readable than the traditional bibliographic method . . . This work is highly recommended for both its informative value and the unique accomplishment for a bibliography, it is interesting and entertaining to read.

—Dennis M. Swanson, Master’s Seminary Journal

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.

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.

Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians

  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 128

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Basics for Believers is for Christians taking the first steps of faith as well as experienced saints reexamining spiritual foundations. Both will gain exceptional instruction and encouragement from this fresh look at the fundamental disciplines of the Christian life.

To ensure persistent progress in your journey of faith, Carson urges believers to:

  • Put the gospel first in your relationships, prayer life, career goals, and personal choices
  • Take the right perspective on the cross and let it shape your outlook on suffering, witnessing, and persevering for the faith
  • Emulate Christian leaders who model compassion, faithfulness, confidence in Christ, and heavenly mindedness.
  • Resolve never to give up the Christian walk but instead to pursue the same seven virtues Paul enjoins upon the Philippians.

This summons to “get back to the basics” lays a solid foundation for withstanding storms that beat upon the house of faith today.

Exegetical Fallacies

  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Edition: Second
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 160

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Serious exegesis of the Scriptures is one of the most worthwhile practices any Christian can undertake. But it is not without its dangers. In Exegetical Fallacies, Carson helps readers discern improper interpretation techniques, and explains sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices. With its accessible style and plain language, Exegetical Fallacies will be an edifying contribution to any Bible study.

This book . . . is a must for teachers, pastors, and serious Bible students.

Thomas Schreiner, professor of New Testament interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The reader who does not confuse the Bible’s inerrancy with his own interpretations will receive valuable guidance from the book. Carson has furnished a pithy and practical manual of many of those mistake to which all of us who deal with the text in earnest fall prey.

Robert Yarbrough, chair of the New Testament department, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

. . . well written, easy to read, and thought-provoking. It is highly recommended to all who truly desire to handle accurately the world of truth (2 Tim. 2:15)

—Jeff Guimont, Grace Theological Journal

Written by an evangelical for evangelicals, this practical treatise is worthy of wider circulation among preachers of others persuasions.

—Casimir Bernas, Religious Studies Review

Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14

  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Edition: Second
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 230

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In Showing the Spirit, Carson speaks to one of evangelism’s most troublesome issues: spiritual gifts. The book expounds the crucial passage, 1 Corinthians 12–14. Partisans on both sides of charismatic issues are challenged by the unbiased consideration of nuances in the Greek text found in 1 Corinthians.

Carson interacts with some other Christian doctrines, as well as with findings of linguists, social anthropologists, and historians. The concluding chapter integrates material from other portions of Scripture—especially the book of Acts—so that the author’s conclusions reflect all of the biblical evidence. “We must even-handedly attempt to weigh all the relevant evidence,” Carson writes, “even while we insist that the authority of Scripture must prevail.”

An excellent book which could do much to bring together charismatics and noncharismatics in a common understanding and experience of the Spirit.

I. Howard Marshall, honorary research professor, New Testament, University of Aberdeen

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

A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers

  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 232

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God doesn’t demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules. God only wants his people to know him more intimately. The apostle Paul found that spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father. A Call to Spiritual Reformation investigates the epistles to see what lessons Paul taught in his “school of prayer.” Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.

[This book] provides a . . . pointed argument that the greatest need for churches today is not education, evangelism, or programs, but a deeper knowledge of God. It contributes to filling that need by assisting those who read it to a fuller life of prayer.

Review and Expositor

The reader is guided, gently yet persuasively, towards a reformation in personal dealings with God. This excellent and timely book can be heartily commended.

The Banner of Truth

Scripture and Truth

  • Editors: D.A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 448

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In what sense is the Bible the Word of God for Christians today? How should we think of the truthfulness of the Bible?

Scripture and Truth seeks to answer these key questions. It synthesizes, as have few other works, the apologetic reasons for an evangelical defense of biblical inerrancy. From a biblical, historical, or theological perspective each essay examines a challenge to belief in the integrity and reliability of Scripture. What emerges from these essays is a full-orbed restatement of this evangelical doctrine.

First published in 1983, Scripture and Truth will continue to strengthen the faith of many of God’s people in his reliable and truthful Word.

Here is a book which is more than a mere defense of biblical inerrancy; it seeks also to explore the implications of such a view of the way in which we approach and handle Scripture.

—Peter Misselbrook, Evangelical Times

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.

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

Product Details

  • Title: Baker D.A. Carson Collection
  • Author: D.A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 15
  • Pages: 4,251

About D.A. Carson

D.A. Carson (1946– ) is a respected professor, author, and speaker. He is currently research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he has been teaching since 1978 and the president of The Gospel Coalition.

Carson earned a BSc from McGill University, an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. He has served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church and served as the first dean of the seminary of Northwest Baptist Theological College, now known as Northwest Baptist Seminary. Carson lectures in academic and church settings around the world.

Carson has written, also under the name Donald Arthur Carson, over 50 books. In 1997, he received an Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion book award for his book The Gagging of God: Christianity Confront Pluralism.