Understanding the Times:
New Testament Studies in the 21st Century

Andreas J. Köstenberger,

Robert W. Yarbrough


First Chronicles speaks of “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” In our rapidly changing, postmodern culture, we desperately need Christian leaders who understand the times and can guide us in our work as the body of Christ. D. A. Carson is such a man. Renowned as a gifted speaker, writer, theologian, and pastor, Carson has written extensively and persuasively on a wide range of topics, particularly in the field of New Testament studies. He has taught for over thirty years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has influenced many students, a large number of whom have become pastors or scholars themselves.

In appreciation of Carson’s lifework, editors Andreas J. Köstenberger and Robert Yarbrough have assembled a team of his former students and colleagues to produce this volume of essays on contemporary New Testament studies. The book explores New Testament studies as they relate to special topics and ancillary disciplines, and it surveys the state of New Testament scholarship around the world. Readers will benefit not only from the example of Carson, as one who understands our times, but also from the high quality of essays produced for this volume.


Andreas J. Köstenberger

Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the theologian in residence at Fellowship Raleigh, a cofounder of Biblical Foundations, and the author, editor, or translator of over sixty books. He served as professor at various institutions for 29 years and as editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society for 22 years. He and his wife, Marny, have four grown children and live in North Carolina.


Robert W. Yarbrough

Bob Yarbrough (PhD University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was previously professor of New Testament and department chair at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or coauthor of several books and is active in pastoral training in Africa.


Don Carson is one of the most productive and capable evangelical scholars in the English-speaking world, and this volume by former students and teaching colleagues reflects the breadth of his interests and especially his concern for the development of biblical studies in a global context. Alongside fresh personal contributions to New Testament study, there are informative surveys of developments in New Testament studies in Africa and Asia, as well as in North America and Europe. This solid volume thus offers not only a worthy tribute to its honoree but also valuable assessments of the state of New Testament scholarship worldwide.

I. Howard Marshall, Professor Emeritus, University of Aberdeen

D. A. Carson is the Renaissance man of North American evangelicalism. He is a biblical scholar of the highest caliber, a preacher and evangelist of renown, and a theologian of unswerving commitment to the gospel. His teaching ministry has spanned the globe; in fact, I’ve heard his sermon on Matthew 27 on three different continents and found it equally stirring each time. This book is a snapshot of issues in the international New Testament scene as it stands today. This erudite collection of essays is rightly dedicated to one who has committed his life to serving the global church.

Michael F. Bird, Academic Dean and Lecturer in New Testament, Ridley College

This lively book of essays represents a fitting tribute to the life of Don Carson, one of the liveliest and most learned biblical scholars of our time. It will only suit its honoree, however, if it leads its varied readers to the Scriptures he has studied for so long, increasing devotion and fidelity to the gospel they proclaim. I pray that God will make this so for Jesus’ sake.

Douglas A. Sweeney, Dean and Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

This is a remarkable series of studies in honor of a remarkable man. Carson’s influence has been extraordinary, and this book explores a number of his particular interests with great skill.

Simon Gathercole, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of Cambridge