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Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus

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How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible firmly establishes the historicity of these events and doesn't leave their meanings ambiguous or open to interpretation. Even so, there is an irony and surprising strangeness to the cross. Carson shows that this strange irony has deep implications for our l ...more
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Published February 28th 2010 by Crossway Books (first published February 19th 2010)
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John Gardner
Jul 08, 2010 John Gardner rated it it was amazing
Based on a series of lectures D.A. Carson delivered at Seattle's Mars Hill Church in 2008, this book investigates five aspects of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection that are particularly scandalous. After all, the message of the cross is an offense ( Galatians 5:11 ). It is a stumbling block ( 1 Corinthians 1:23 ). It is folly to the weak and perishing... but it is also the power of God for those who are being saved ( 1 Corinthians 1:18 ). Too often we glaze over the real meaning of the cross ...more
D.A. Carson is a master Bible scholar, but able to put things so clearly and succinctly for laypeople. I love how he points out the literary use of irony in Matthew. His exegesis of Romans 3:21-26 is worth the price of the book, and his treatment of the story of Lazarus is phenomenal. This book is a treasure, a combination of exegesis and rich devotional thoughts. A must read!
David Rathel
Jan 12, 2012 David Rathel rated it really liked it
D.A. Carson is one of my favorite theologians. This is a collection of his sermons on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Carson spends a significant amount of time detailing the doctrine of penal substitution.
An interesting and refreshing reminder of the heart of the Gospel and what Christ has done for us.
Jan 27, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
D.A. Carson can preach.

I was introduced to this preaching when he spoke at my church’s Bible conference a few years back on the person of Jesus Christ. I was blown away by Dr. Carson’s intellect, his ability to point out things in scripture I’d never seen before, his passion for Christ, and the witty, entertaining way in which he was able to do all of this. He simply made the Bible come alive to me in way I’d never experienced before.

His new book, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus,
May 11, 2010 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians, anyone asking questions about Christ
Recommended to Daniel by: T4G
Shelves: theology, gospel
Overall Carson takes us from understanding who Christ is, the importance of His atoning work on the cross, His triumph over Satan, His triumph over death and even His triumph over doubt. Each chapter is firmly grounded in Scripture and Carson does a good job of letting the reader know how it affects their life today. Carson doesn’t shy away from saying things that the intelligentsia of modern (liberal/emergent) Christianity think as scandalous or idiotic. Carson quotes a former atheistic philoso ...more
May 17, 2011 Sally rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Carson is a great writer who explains ideas in a thorough, engaging, and interesting way. This book attempts to 'unpack' five Bible sections related to Christ's death and resurrection: Matthew 27, the crucifixion; Romans 3:21-26, Christ's atoning sacrifice; Revelation 12, Satan's rage against the Lamb; John 11, Lazarus' resurrection; and John 20, Thomas' response to the risen Christ. I would recommend this book specifically for the detailed explanation of Revelation 12's apocalyp ...more
Michele Morin
Jan 25, 2016 Michele Morin rated it it was amazing
One Weekend in Jerusalem
Ash Wednesday is following hard on the heels of Groundhog’s Day this year, and while retailers are throwing heart and soul into Valentine’s Day, I find that my heart is more prepared to celebrate Easter if I spend some time during the Lenten season reading about the two historical events that are central to Christianity: the cross and the empty tomb. What happened? What does it all mean?

This year, I have found Scandalous in which D.A.Carson isolates five theologically stu
Matt Mason
May 09, 2013 Matt Mason rated it it was amazing
In chapter after chapter Carson turns the gospel diamond before the reader. A wonderful read in the truest sense of the word.
Sue Warren
Jul 11, 2016 Sue Warren rated it it was amazing
There are things we all know - we are born and we will die - they are a given. It is the in between parts and the forever after that we don't know. Many in this sound byte world of the 21st century will live minute to minute and not bother to think much beyond that - this book is not for them. This book is for those who are searching for answers to the messy business of living, or, having found answers, seek to challenge and verify those answers by putting flesh on the bones of understanding. if ...more
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Mar 24, 2015 Sonny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christology
"Scandalous" is based on a series of lectures that D.A. Carson gave in 2008 on the centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Carson describes it as a “modest attempt. . . to provide an introductory explanation of the cross and resurrection.” He does this “by unpacking what some of the early witnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection wrote.” The book is broken into five chapters that examine five biblical passages. In chapter 1 (The Ironies of the Cross), Carson utilizes Matt 27:2 ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it
I love D.A. Carson. I love his penetrating analysis of Scripture and the polite emotion that bubbles through his intellectualism when he writes something that touches his passion for God. I was thoroughly pleased to read this collection of five speeches that he delivered at Mars Hill Church. I don't know if I have ever listened to the audio recordings of the original talks, but Dr. Carson does a great job in this book of adapting them for the written medium (lots of parenthetical citations, for ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it
D.A. Carson’s Scandalous surprised me with how enjoyable it was to read and how encouraging it was to my soul. Carson is a name that is synonymous with scholarship in the world of modern Evangelicalism. A well-known professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the author of numerous books and biblical commentaries, Carson is someone that most evangelicals should read.


As a pastor, I have worked through a few of Carson’s books. Generally, I found them to be lofty in their lang
Jul 09, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:

“Nothing is more central to the Bible than Jesus’ death and resurrection,” writes D.A. Carson in the preface to Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. “The entire Bible pivots on one weekend in Jerusalem about two thousand years ago.”

Based on his lecture series A Day with Dr. Don from 2008, Scandalous is Carson’s “modest attempt . . . to provide an introductory explanation of the cross and resurrection,” as he looks at what five pass
David P. Hoover
Mar 16, 2016 David P. Hoover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is utterly credible!

Something my wife and I have mused about is the perhaps sad fact that we can never again meet each other for the first time--never re-live and re-experience our very love story. D. A. Carson, though, writes in a way that comes close to helping me re-experience my "first-love" with my Savior. Thank you, Dr. Carson!

David P. Hoover, PhD
Dec 06, 2015 Joel rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Essays on the multiple facets of the Gospel. It is not overloaded with difficult themes, nor is it to wordy, but is still able to challenge both new and season believers. As usual, Carson is able to be profound and concise. The exegesis is solid, and the application is helpful. I recommend this book of anyone who wants to read a concise, yet deep, expositions on the multiple facets of the Gospel.
Jun 16, 2014 Kai rated it really liked it
This is one of the easiest theology books that I have read. Carson writes in such an engaging manner without sacrificing depth in biblical content. They say a good writer is well-read. Carson is known to devour books but there is something quite special in his writing at how he integrates his readings and knowledge into his writing in such a delicious manner like a great chef. He is the Jamie Oliver of theological writing, he makes you want to eat your salad because of his passion and presentati ...more
Jeff Gabriel
Aug 25, 2014 Jeff Gabriel rated it liked it
Not bad for a set of lectures turned to print. His hermeneutics are good as ever, walking through several important passages carefully and with some interesting insights. He also provides plenty of story telling to keep you interested - this part probably owing more to the lectures than the writing.

I give it a mediocre 3 stars because while it was never bad it wasn't a very forceful set of points either.
I really didn't enjoy listening to this at all. Although there are some interesting bits, overall I’ve found this very dull. From the title I was expecting it to be more dynamic and truly scandalous, but it certainly did not come across that way to me, sadly. Although I have never come across anything by D. A. Carson before, I have read and heard similar theology on this subject, so it wasn’t anything new. The narration is very clear and easy to understand, and is very dramatic in parts. So no p ...more
Matthew Bandy
Jan 15, 2016 Matthew Bandy rated it it was amazing
The more I read Carson's books the more I enjoy his writing. This was definitely a fantastic read by one of the preeminent theologians in the world. He really brings to Life some of the most prominent scriptures in a new and clear way. I would highly recommend this book.
Feb 26, 2012 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
This a great resource to read along side your bible. There was two scriptures that was brought up and their implications that was revealing to me. The scripture where Jesus wept for Lazarus and Doubting Thomas. Those were great examples that the bible is more than just reading but digging deep into the history of the time and its implications. What is more is the implications that it has for us today. It is scandalous because a Cruicified Gospel does not attract the crowd but demands to be justi ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
This is the year I've discovered the writing of Christian author, D.A. Carson. His books are best read slowly and carefully. He writes each
of his books (that I have read) on a particular portion of Scripture. This book dealt with several portions on the Cross and Resurrection.
His approach is well thought out but not dogmatic. It's more "consider this." One of my favorite things in this book was his stating a truth of life that I'd never heard stated before. We so often replay conversations after
Jun 22, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I read this book straight after John Stotts The Cross of Christ and I am so pleased I did. This book summerised the other beautifully and with such an easier reading style. A great book about the truths of the cross and resurrection, recommended for the new believer and old alike.
Hélio Sales
Jan 26, 2015 Hélio Sales rated it it was amazing
Um excelente livro para entender vários aspectos importantes do que a Cruz de Cristo realmente significa.
Nathan Moore
May 27, 2014 Nathan Moore rated it really liked it
I normally don't like lectures that have been adapted for print. I think in this work, Carson may have even adapted a lecture for a sermon and then back to print for this book. Nonetheless, this is DA Carson who stands as a primary example for this generation of evangelical-pastoral scholarship. I so appreciate these sermons and particularly found chapter 3 "The Strange Triumph of the Slaughtered Lamb" helpful. This is the most readable Carson I know of and these chapters give readers a glimpse ...more
Gary Paulson
Apr 08, 2014 Gary Paulson rated it it was amazing
3/29 - My Easter 2014 reading.\
3/31 - After finishing chapter 1 via audiobook, there were so many portions I wanted to highlight or re-read that I am seriously considering buying the book to read.
Sep 03, 2012 Henry rated it it was amazing
The Gospel of Jesus Christ rests on two pillars, the Cross and the Resurrection, each of which would be meaningless without the other. The meaning that Christians attach to these events is foolishness to the world and hence it is scandalous to believe them and build your life on them, unless they are true, which they are. D.A.Carson (one of the great evangelical Bible scholars today) believes that and unpacks their meaning in a helpful way. Christians can never study the Gospel too thoroughly. T ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
typical Carson--well formed arguments and perfect logical structure
great historical context for the scandalous contrasts of Jesus coming into the world and how that would strike initial audience
powerful applications of those contrasts for today's audience
loved the exposition of Rom 3 and the historical background of the raising of lazarus John 11.
finished each chapter with a poem.
lost me in his chapter on 1026 days and amillenial explanations. whole section felt disjointed from the rest of the b
Dec 29, 2014 Joey rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Really very good!
Cory Shumate
Got this book for Christmas. In this latest addition to the Re:Lit series (which I love), Carson looks at the cross and resurrection of Christ in a startlingly fresh way. He examines ambiguous passages like Lazarus' resurrection and Thomas' doubting, and provides insightful exegesis and intensely practical application. Poetry. Exegesis. Prayer. Pastoral Advice. Couldn't ask for much more from Carson. He even lets down his academic front to show his more witty side!
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D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Cana ...more
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