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Sermon on the Mount: An Evangelical Exposition of Matthew 5–7
Based on solid scholarship yet easy to read, Jesus Sermon on the Mount combines two books by renowned author D. A. Carson in one: his popular The Sermon on the Mount, which has been in print for over twenty years, and When Jesus Confronts the World. Carson offers a thorough explanation of the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 510.
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Paperback, 157 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Baker Publishing Group
(first published 1978)
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Aug 19, 2014 David rated it really liked it · review of another edition
In six short chapters, originally preached as sermons, Carson takes his readers on a survey of the main themes of the Sermon of the Mount in Matthew 5–7. While there is not the space for as much detail as would be found in an expositional commentary, this work complements that approach with more practical application than would be typically included in such a commentary. Indeed, Carson frequently pulls no punches when dealing with the state of the church today, but does so in a gently irenic and ...more
Jul 17, 2020 Jon rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
A great little commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. I read it as part of my devotions over the last six months and have benefited immensely from it. It’s not a long book but packed with dense and practical exegesis and application.
I used this for my bachelors thesis. Of all the commentaries I read, this one stood out as thorough, clear and precise. Carson treats the Word of God with reverence, and is clearly a man who knows the Lord and spends time in prayer, while at the same time being an excellent scholar.
Carson is always good. This is a good combination of preaching/teaching based on solid scholarship (he has a very good full-length commentary on Matthew in the Expositors Bible Commentary series) and with just the right level of historical/cultural background for the audience who will be using this study (it is not technical). This would make a good Bible study guide and is useful for preachers, so long as it is used with more technical commentaries as well. One complaint is that Carson is often ...more
Read this as we preached through the Sermon on the Mount. Found it helpful and reliable week by week, especially on basic questions of exegesis. Would have liked more focus on understanding Jesus on his own terms before referring to the epistles for guidance -- but that's probably just my current hobbyhorse. Enjoyed the two more theological appendices, though I was glad they weren't in the main text as I referred to it week by week.
Carson is excellent. I actually have a slightly different volume that includes two sections, the second being an exposition of Matthew 8-10. (the title of my volume is "Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World." Regardless, this is Carson at his best -- using his sharp exegetical eye and pastor's tongue in perfect harmony. Perhaps the best section of the book is on Kingdom Perspectives.
This book did more to transform my understanding of what exactly Christ did through the Sermon on the Mount, than any other book I've read on the subject. Then, as I studied the Bible - OT and NT - following this book, I saw and understood that Jesus had done dramatically MORE than I'd ever realized before. I cannot attempt to summarize that here - you have to read it for yourself and search the Scriptures as you go. One of the most life-changing and liberating books I've ever read.
I didn't read this cover to cover. I used it as a supplement to a sermon series and small group questions that our church did, so I just read the sections, and ended up skipping the sections that I missed church. Anyhow, I loved what I did read. Carson is a good commentator for the layperson. Not too over your head and not too dumbed down. Very good.
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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