This is D. A. Carson’s latest book:
Jesus the Son of God: A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misunderstood, and Currently Disputed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 128 pp.
This short little book is based on some lectures Carson gave earlier this year. It has three chapters:
- “Son of God” as a Christological Title
- “Son of God” in Select Passages [Hebrews 1 and John 5:16–30]
- “Jesus the Son of God” in Christian and Muslim Contexts
Carson explains in the preface (pp. 11–12),
I chose the topic about three years ago. Some work I had done while teaching the epistle to the Hebrews, especially Hebrews 1 where Jesus is said to be superior to angels because he is the Son, prompted me to think about the topic more globally. Moreover, for some time I have been thinking through the hiatus between careful exegesis and doctrinal formulations. We need both, of course, but unless the latter are finally controlled by the former, and seen to be controlled by the former, both are weakened. The “Son of God” theme has become one of several test cases in my own mind. Since choosing the topic, however, the debates concerning what a faithful translation of “Son of God” might be, especially in contexts where one’s envisioned readers are Muslims, have boiled out of the journals read by Bible translators and into the open. Continue Reading…