Over twenty years ago, D. A. Carson published his volume entitled Exegeti- cal Fallacies (Grand Rapids: Baker, ). In it he covers the areas of word-study. This book offers updated explanations of the sins of interpretation to teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices. “In short, this is an amateur’s collection of exegetical fallacies” (p). In this book, D.A. Carson seeks to reveal the numerous Exegetical Fallacies that occur from.

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This book describes and categorizes many fallacies found in Biblical exegesis. Truth is propositional, and we need to know how to handle those propositions correctly. One could subtitle exegtical work, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This inclusion merits consideration even by students who only study English translations x the Scriptures. As Reflected in the Use of the Concluding Reflections Chapters one and two really focus on word-study and grammar fallacies as they pertain to the New Testament Greek.

Thus, biblical interpretation requires the use of logic to assemble ideas and statements together into meaningful relationships to each other by which then a conclusion can be drawn.

Exegetical Fallacies

EF is a small text, but not necessarily an easy one. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Purely Emotive Appeals— Assuming that emotional appeals based on sincerity and conviction can supplant the role of reason and logic. Carson lays out well-thought out examples of each fallacy and notes the importance of being self-critical in investigating the Biblical text. About the Author D. Open Preview See a Problem? Abstract —Biblical interpretation is susceptible to false premises in the process of exegesis by violating laws of language and logic, and maintaining faulty presuppositions.

I’d love to use this text in a hermeneutics class, but since I’m trying to teach students to be lovers of the Word of God and not to be pompous, self-important, condescending jerks, I’ll have to look for another text. With those qualifiers out of the way, this is an incredibly useful volume that should improve any preacher from any theological background.

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But Exegetical Fallacies has to be a humbling read for even the most well-trained, because so many of the scholars Carson is critiquing are career professionals in biblical study. Carson does a lovely job of presenting solid explanations and brief examples that are often helpful and rarely confusing.

This chapter was a good reminder of Greek grammar and common exegetical mistake at the level of tenses, voice, etc. Exegetical Fallacies by D. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: Whatever the problems raised by the new hermeneutic, we have learned much from these developments. Less listing, more grouping, and more links and flows would make the book easier to read.

To ask other readers questions about Exegetical Fallaciesplease sign up. E faloacies is concerned with actually interpreting the text, whereas hermeneutics is concerned with the nature of the interpretative process.

Fallacy of Semantic Anachronism — reading the modern meaning back into its ancient usage 2 Timothy 2: Carson’s work is a seminary-level text for which some knowledge of Greek is expected and biblical interpretation is already a habit.

Some of it was beyond my ability to understand well, but I’ll return to this book over and over as I learn. The author presents fallacies caused by a lack or complete disregard of critical thought in the exegetical process. I do not know if he dealt with all topics properly or if he should have paid more attention to certain issues.

Jun 12, Kenneth Trax rated it it was amazing. And maybe even in more places. As Carson writes p. In years to come, this book will be an easy tool for me to refer back to whenever I want to double check that I’m not making the sorts of logical errors in text interpretation faklacies this short volume expertly helps people of all folds to sidestep.


For grammatical fallacies, I was struck by the commentary on the aorist tense. But these responses thereby shape the mental baggage the interpreter is carrying, so that in the next round the kinds of questions addressed exegeticap the text will be slightly different, and will therefore generate a fresh series of responses-and so on, and so on. Root Fallacy— Determining the meaning of a word based solely or primarily on its etymology.

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Aug 22, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall I am quite impressed and would recommend it. This does not mean real knowledge is impossible. Other editions – View all Exegetical Fallacies D. Carson describes the fallacies of the fourth chapter as presuppositional and historical.

The Article— Interpreting the meaning and use of the Greek article in terms of the English article. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. In His chapter on presuppositional and historical fallacies, Carson explains how our own frame of reference can influence how we read the Bible, and how to read the Bible correctly, understanding what it means from the author’s perspective.

This book offers updated explanations of the sins of interpretation to teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices. This is a good tool to remind those not seminary trained of some of the common pitfalls we Evangelical interpreters fall into. The book was certainly good, but I was not part of the target audience. The author addresses the fallacies based upon grammatical units, morphology, and construction.

Alas, his orrery of errors tends in this direction as well. Start reading Exegetical Fallacies on your Kindle in under a minute.