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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I can now read more skeptically various commentaries and Sunday school lessons that I look to for insight. Alas, his orrery of errors tends in this direction as well. Carson covers all the various areas of fallacies ranging from Word-Study, Grammatical, Logical, Presuppositional, and Historical fallacies.

The Non Sequitur — Assuming that a statement or conclusion logically flows from a previous statement without proper cause or connection. Thus, a “hermeneutical circle” is set up.

For logical fallacies, there were many great examples. Mar 14, Guillaume Bourin rated it really liked it. In the third chapter, Carson tackles the problem of faulty logic. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Root fallacy — the meaning of a word is NOT necessarily bound up in its structure. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Nov 26, Lindsey falkacies it liked it.

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How many times have you heard a paster wax on about John 1: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Unwarranted Generalizations and Overspecifications— Simply using one particular example to extrapolate a generalization that then is applied universally. Carson is a respected exegete and has written or edited more than forty-five books, including commentaries on books of the Bible, the Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of John, and books on prayer and suffering.

The Middle Voice— Assuming that the middle voice always connotes a reflexive action or suggests that the subject acts of itself. In this chapter, the author warns against purely emotional appeals, failure to recognize distinctions, and several other logical fallacies.


A worthy read for anyone serious about exegesis, you will very likely find yourself guilty of at least one or two of the fallacies in this book. Carson’s work is a seminary-level text for which some knowledge of Greek is expected and biblical interpretation is already a habit. So phileo took on the meaning of kyneo. Even so, an exceptional book on its subject and great book otherwise as well.

Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. Be willing to press through and gloss over the areas you feel you have no category for and you will benefit from pulling exfgetical gold out of other areas. Young preachers and teachers do well to read this book annually.

Exegetical Fallacies

Then we may unwittingly transfer the authority of Scripture to our traditional interpretations and invest them with a false, even an idolatrous, degree of certainty. Carson also does not simply point out the errors of others, he points out some of his own errors that he has made in teachi This book is a must-read for any Bible teacher, Pastor, or anyone handling God’s word in any way.

The book was certainly good, but I was not part of the target audience. For grammatical fallacies, I was struck by the commentary on the aorist tense. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

Only 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. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Irrelevant Argumentation— Posing an argument not relevant to the subject under discussion in order to discredit or bolster a particular position or to promote personal credibility or engender distrust in the opponent.

Concluding Reflections Chapters one and two really focus on word-study and grammar fallacies as they pertain to the New Testament Greek. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The real excitement though and I think a must-read for anyone really is the Introduction.


But it’s still worth reading through Carson’s examples to get overviews of the categories, especially in the final categories not involving word studies and grammar in the original languages.

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This is a good book for those who engage in exegesis of the Bible. Carson No preview available – Additionally at times Carson exegetifal difficult to follow, although this might be personally. Lists with This Book. When the differences [between your horizon and aa horizon of the text] are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case.

He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. Don’t have a Kindle? And even if you’re not a preacher, it will help you avoid all sorts of mistakes as you read through the Bible for yourself.

A few times during my read, I had to look up the meaning of a word or re-read a paragraph that went entirely over dallacies head; for the most part, though, Exegetical Fallacies was an easy and light read, surprisingly fast-paced and enjoyable. It involves phrases, sentences, discourse, genre, style; it demands a feel for not only syntagmatic word studies those that relate words to other words but also paradigmatic word studies those that ponder why this word is used instead of that word.

Rather, truth has degrees of precision to it that do not invalidate it as being inaccurate simply because it could be stated with greater clarity. Write a customer review. How do we read history? Mar 25, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves:

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