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Author D.A. Carson
Narrator John Haag
Runtime 6.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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Release Date April 19, 2010
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D.A. Carson, one of today's most notable Bible scholars, introduces the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross. How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus?

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D.A. Carson, one of today's most notable Bible scholars, introduces the irony, scandal, and greatness of the work done on the cross. 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 lives as he examines the history and theology of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. Scandalous is the latest addition to the Re:Lit series, which highlights important theological truths in accessible and applicable ways. Both amateur theologians and general readers will appreciate how Carson deftly preserves weighty theology while simultaneously noting the broader themes of Jesus' death and resurrection. Through exposition of five primary passages of Scripture, Carson helps us to more fully understand and appreciate the scandal of the cross.

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Eloquent and interesting
"Scandalous" by D.A. Carson discusses different perspectives of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The narrator, John Haag, was pleasant to listen to, though at times seemed a bit mechanical.  He did, however, narrate at a good pace.
Though the subjects have resurrection in common, I felt like the book was a bit disjointed and jumpy. However, they were each interesting in it's own way. Carson talks about the life, death, and resurrection Jesus, Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life, and how Thomas doubted Jesus. Carson eloquently discusses each of these topics, almost poetically. I like the rhythm of his discussion of the Resurrection at the beginning of the book.
I especially learned from the discussion of Lazarus' rising from the dead.  There were Jewish customs and superstitions that I wasn't aware of that really brought a better understanding to the story.
Overall, I believe Carson did a good presentation on the resurrection well. All the reasons and aspects of resurrection were interesting. Although I agreed with everything in “Scandalous” and I learned from it, I feel that this audiobook is better suited for pastors or serious theologians. Perhaps, I would've enjoyed reading “Scandalous” rather than hearing it.
I received this audiobook free from, and this review was written as part of christianaudio Reviewers Program.
Review by / (Posted on 3/5/2011)
Bringing new insight to the scandal of the cross...
Scandalous is a book by one of my favorite authors and speakers, D.A. Carson. I own this book in print and I also just finished listening to it via Christian Audio.

I really enjoyed this book. I feel that D.A. Carson always brings to essential elements to the table that work together at drawing me into the topics that he is discussing. The first element is his deeper understanding of scripture. Now, I want you to know that I use the word "deeper" purposely. You see, it isn't that he has a deep understanding of scripture, it is that he has an understanding of scripture that is always a step deeper than where I am at, and it is always driving me deeper into the Word.

The book itself is about the truly scandalous nature of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. The two chapters that had the most impact on me were the first chapter, dealing with the deep ironies of the cross as told in the book of Matthew. The other chapter that I really enjoyed was the chapter dealing with the scandalous actions of Christ in association with the death and resurrection of Lazarus.

It was an excellent book and I really enjoyed the audio version. The voice talent even reminded me a little of D.A. Carson's speaking style.
Review by / (Posted on 12/16/2010)
SCANDALOUS: The Cross and Resurrection of...
SCANDALOUS: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. Carson

Doesn’t the title of this book grab your attention? It grabbed mine.

If someone had asked about the scandal of the cross, before listening to this, I believe that I could give a sufficient answer as to its scandal. How the resurrection was a scandal I was not so sure about. Author D.A. Carson opened my mind to far more than I could even think about for both the cross and the resurrection.

Each of the main five chapters had been taken from five different messages given at a conference. Each could stand alone, but there were two ties, the theme of the scandalous and scriptural eyewitness accounts.

The scriptural exposition of eye witness accounts bring out each of the scandals. The accounts stretch from before the cross to the resurrection. In each of the five accounts, Carson, in a unique way presents what appears, at times, to be an unrelated idea (sometimes from Scripture, sometimes from modern accounts). These unrelated ideas are actually introductions for the specifics of the scandal within each passage in question.

The reader, John Haag, did a fine job capturing the essence with his excellent and well executed phrasing. Your mind will be engaged and fascinated.

As a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program, I have no problem recommending this book. I listened to it twice. The second brought out so much more.

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Review by / (Posted on 10/16/2010)
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