Jesus the Son of God Paperback
A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misunderstood, and Currently Disputed
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Jesus the Son of God
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Millions of Christians recite these words from the Apostles' Creed week by week - but what does it mean to confess Jesus as God's only Son? What does it mean to say that the God of the Bible has a Son? It cannot possibly mean exactly the same thing as when a human parent says, 'Yes, I have a son.'
Moreover, in various places in Scripture we learn that Adam is God's son, Israel is God's son, king Solomon is God's son, the Israelites are sons of God, the peacemakers shall be called sons of God, and angels can be referred to as God's sons. So in what way is Jesus' sonship like, or unlike, any of these? Why should we think of him as God's only Son?
With clarity and insight, Don Carson addresses these questions, and shows what bearing study of Jesus as the Son of God has on the way Christians should think about Jesus, their evangelism and worship. He also engages with current debates regarding translation of the title, especially in Muslim contexts.
Jesus the Son of God by D. A. Carson was published by IVP in November 2012 and is our 25343rd best seller. The ISBN for Jesus the Son of God is 9781844745999.
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In what sense is Jesus the Son of God?
Week after week Christians assert that Jesus is the only Son of God, but unless one believes in a physical God-being, this title can in no way imply a DNA-type relationship between God and "His Son". It's an important question and not only because we shouldn't routinely say things in church as statements of belief without some understanding of what we're asserting. For the non-Christian observer, the title "Son of God" is at best perplexing and at worst can make the Christian faith sound faintly bizarre.
D A Carson's succinct and readable book begins with a detailed explanation of all the different ways in which sonship is described in scripture and especially to Jesus. This section alone makes the book worthwhile. Carson then continues with a detailed exploration of two passages – Hebrews 1 and John 5:26-30 – through which he lays the foundations for a Trinitarian uunderstanding of Jesus. The third chapter then embarks on potentially difficult territory – how our understanding of the title "Son of God" should be communicated in a multi-faith world and especially in the sensitive arena of Christian-Muslim relations. Here Carson emphasises the importance of understanding the diversity of contexts in which the term is used and the need for Bible translators to draw out such nuances and avoid simplistic translations that are neither wholly accurate nor sensitive.
D A Carson is not an especially well-known theologian in Britain but deserves to be much more widely appreciated. Carson's writing is accessible without sacrificing depth and this short book deals with a complex topic in a way that is helpful and relevant to lay and ordained Christians. The useful scriptural index at the rear of the book will greatly aid ministers and others in their sermon preparation.
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"No christological designation is as essential as ‘Son of God’; none is more important. This study makes that impressively clear by sound and careful exegesis and theological reflection in the face of misunderstandings and disputes, past and current. Once again, D. A. Carson serves the church well." - Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
"I know what it is to reject Jesus as the ‘Son of God.’ As a former Muslim, nothing baffled and, quite frankly, angered me more than hearing Christians call Jesus ‘the Son of God.’ I thought such persons were blasphemers worthy of condemnation. But now, nothing gives me more joy than to know that Jesus is indeed the Son of God and that the title ‘Son of God’ carries far more truth and wonder than I could have imagined. So I welcome this volume from D. A. Carson with all the enthusiasm and joy of one who once denied the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. With his customarily clear, warm, careful, and balanced manner, Carson gives us a fresh exploration of a precious truth that so many Christians take for granted and so many Muslims misunderstand. If you want to know Jesus and the Bible better, this surely is one aid that will not disappoint." - Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman; author, What Is a Healthy Church Member?
"What does it mean for us to confess that Jesus is the Son of God? D. A. Carson tackles this question in Jesus the Son of God. In this little book he lays a firm foundation to help the church understand ‘Son of God’ with reference to Jesus. After considering uses of ‘Son of God’ in Scripture, both in general and when applied to Jesus, Carson models the way systematic theology should be based on solid biblical exegesis. Carson is especially concerned to bring his study to bear on the controverted issue in missiological circles concerning how to present Jesus as Son of God in Christian and Muslim contexts. Here he critically, but kindly, calls for rethinking new translations that have replaced references to God the Father and Jesus as his Son to make them more acceptable to Muslims." - Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Seminary
Details for Jesus the Son of God
|Author / Artist||D. A. Carson|
|Publisher||IVP (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||128|
|Page last updated||16th November 2017|