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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While the work is not intended to instruct on Biblical languages per se, nevertheless the focus of the book on mistakes and fallacies is helpful as a lesson for interpreters of the Bible to be careful of avoiding common pitfalls in their exegesis. fsllacies

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Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies. The second chapter is on grammatical fallacies. The book assumes the readers will know Greek especially in his chapter on grammatical fallacies.

The Article— Interpreting the meaning and use of the Greek article in terms of the English article. Thus, a “hermeneutical circle” is set up. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. That’s about where I am in my Greek, so I appreciated all the warnings! Chapters three, four, and five I think could be useful to anyone and should probably be read by everyone who has any kind of exegetical teaching ministry in his or her church.

But this is a good thing, because if you are aware of your errors than you can correct them. This book is a handy summation of the major types of fallacied fallacies. Or seeing 3rd- class [vii] conditional statements as indicating a degree of possibility for its fulfillment or unfulfillment.

Exegetical Fallacies

I can also hold the Word of God more delicately, humbled at how hard it is to truly understand meaning through the distance of time, language, and culture. Some of my highlights. You might open it to the Index first, and be amazed at the wide range of biblical passages, authors, and topics addressed in such a short book.


Exegetical Fallacies by D. The Influence of the Principles of Orality on the 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. The author makes this chapter very practical for its readers by not only providing examples in Greek and Hebrew, but also in English.

Within this section, he returns to the issue of distanciation and discusses the problems caused when an exegete fails to properly distance his own personal theology from the exegesis of the text. The pride he describes leads exegetes to judgmental attitudes and blindness to their own errors, but despair cripples them with fear and with the heavy burden of responsibly handling the Scriptures.

In other words, no distinction is made between language and the way people think. This failure manifests itself when the exegete ignores what the greater context is as well as when he ignores the limitations of that context. Even if one only manages to tackle the word-study fallacies, he has covered the most common faults in reasoning he is likely to encounter.

Semantic Obsolescence— Assigning meaning to a word that it used to have in earlier times but is no longer found within the semantic range at the time of composition.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

Some arguments are intrinsically weak. Preview — Exegetical Fallacies by D. Words are not merely an isolated collection of symbols that represent a static idea. This book is full of illuminating examples that illustrate the different fallacies he lists and it should help any Christian approach interpreting the Bible with more care and humility.


See all reviews. The unfortunate thing is, many preachers are still guilty of many of the fallacies Carson points out in this insightful work.

Davis No preview available – Equivocal Argumentation— Overreaching the implications of an argument beyond what it proves so as to make the argument seem exegerical or decisive on some level.

Jul 17, Ben rated it it was amazing. Thus, the target audience was for those with seminary degrees who at least believe are competent in New Testament Greek. Paperbackpages. Although some of the fallacies discussed pertain specifically to original languages and will therefore not be of much use for those who are not familiar with Hebrew and especially Greek, Carson discusses a sufficient number of fallacies that are just as dangerous for those who study the Bible in English as they are for those who study it in Greek and Hebrew.

Where another’s disagrees, he must be wrong. The author tells us that this is one of the most common of mistakes and that we all will most likely make this mistake. exegetica

Carson is clearly an exegete of uncommon skill, especially in his grasp of the general rules of linguistics and logic. This is a great book by D. Carson No preview available – I would recommend exegetixal for anyone who wants to learn how to read the Word correctly with the interpretation that was meant by God, not man. That being said, it is a valuable reference—especially for readers who know a little Greek vocabulary, grammar and syntax.