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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Carson does a lovely job of presenting solid caeson and brief examples that are often helpful and rarely confusing.

He explains how Greek is a very flexible language and that assumptions based on a little Greek knowledge could actually be very incorrect!

He has been at Trinity since Carson seeks to reveal the numerous Exegetical Fallacies that occur from the pulpit. Actually, I would go far to say that it book is essential for every exegete to fallaciea it on their bookshelf.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Historical reconstructions are an effort of specialists to recover information about culture, events, people, and places in an attempt to fill in gaps in understanding the ancient world. Jul 04, Andrew Bondurant rated it really liked it. Root fallacy — the meaning of a word is NOT necessarily bound up in its structure.

Carson draws from his years of study and teaching experiences to create a guide for serious students of Biblical exegesis. Apr 16, Peter Krol rated it it was amazing.

For example, just because the Greek dynamous power sounds like “dynamite,” doesn’t give you permission to mention dynamite from the pulpit! Excellent summary of mistakes one should be aware for pastors, teachers and laymen.

So someone with little familiarity with that language might not profit as much from these chapters although I think they still might profit if nothing else in being able to detect those fallacies when they’re produced by others. Overall well written and interesting.


In Elizabethan English it means to “make haste, be diligent”. Consider English “understand” which has nothing to do with “under” or “standing”. Carson No preview available – Carson Dahms David Hackett Fischer deliberative discussion disjunction distanciation distinction Eerdmans emotional Epistle error etymology evangelical evidence example exegesis exegetical fallacies F.

Baker Academic; 2 edition March 1, Language: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It is here where the sobering remarks most prominently affect the reader’s heart and make him examine himself or herself more carefully when doing the task of exegesis or just the task of trying to understand God’s Word, period. Carson is methodical as he works his way through many different exegetical fallacies that most Christians can make and this is true sometimes even the most academic of scholars.

This book is written for preachers and Bible study leaders. I do not know if he dealt with all topics properly or if he should have paid more attention to certain issues. Grammatical fallacies are less frequent than word- study fallacies mainly because less people are involved in grammatical analysis of the Greek New Testament than in other forms of investigation that do require the intense study of linguistics.

This is an excellent, yet brief overview of the many different mistakes Christians and non-Christians make when interpreting the Bible.

This does not mean real knowledge is impossible. However, the author makes another call for additional knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and Greek to remedy these mistakes.

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Exegetical Fallacies

Preview — Exegetical Fallacies by D. The real excitement though and I think a must-read for anyone really is the Introduction. For what this book sets out to be, it’s fantastic. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,7.

Thus, the target audience was for those with seminary degrees who at least believe are competent in New Testament Greek. But the hermeneutical process that the interpreter of the Bible engages in is highly influenced by their presuppositional and historical biases.

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An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

This concise text focuses on exegitical fallacies, errors in interpretation and argumentation. The real excitement though and I think a must-read for anyone really is the Introduction. Falalcies then can we profitably fuse our horizon of understanding with the horizon of understanding of the text—that is, only then can we begin to shape our thoughts by the thoughts of the text so that we truly understand them.

The book is laid out in five self-explanatory chapters: Probably everyone who reads this will find an illustration to disagree with. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. It does not necessarily follow that just because a proposition is true that the exeegetical inference of such a proposition is also true.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

For grammatical fallacies, I was struck by the commentary on the aorist tense. But those who do grammatical analyses and other forms of critical investigation are usually more aware of how to handle the text and are less likely to make presumptive statements that fall into the category of fallacies. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Fallacy of Semantic Anachronism — reading the modern meaning back into its ancient usage 2 Timothy 2: They are drawn from a wide variety of sources, from popular level writing to scholarly academic papers.

I didn’t learn to read my Bible until late in life, and I’m convinced most Christians in “Bible-believing” churches do not because they are not taught how to.

Exegetical Fallacies by D. Carson describes the fallacies of the fourth chapter as presuppositional and historical. It is filled with dry wit.