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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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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. Wrong understanding of the principles of language, errors in understanding word definitions and usage, the proper governance of context, or grammar lead to incorrect conclusions about meaning. I’ve lost count of aa students I know who were amazed that when they learned how to study the text, they suddenly realized they’d misunderstood or wrongly believed a meaning of a particular text all these years.

For word studies, I was particularly intrigued by the notion that the Greek “agape” does not, in and of itse A brilliant little book that I will have to return to again. May 26, Brice Bigham rated it it was amazing.

Immensely useful, and mildly amusing at points.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

Aug 22, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: The reason why word studies are riddled with fallacies is because it is simple to obtain fragments of information from various references sources about words e. When the differences are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with eegetical sensitivity than would otherwise be the case.

Want to Read saving…. Most of the errors he discusses get pages each, so the book can become a long list of other people’s mistakes. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies Grand Rapids: 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.


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. Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies 5.

Carson Snippet view – A critical interpretation of Scripture is one that has adequate justification—lexical, grammatical, cultural, theological, historical, geographical, or other justification.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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 that this short volume expertly helps people of all folds to sidestep. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In general, logic deals with propositions, deductions, and inferences, and how evidence and reasoning are used to formulate meaning from suggested relationships between two or more objects or ideas.

In this review, we will look at each chapter individually. Carson is here at his exegetical best.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The first chapter addresses the pitfalls of improper word studies. 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. Some of my highlights. In this chapter, the author warns against purely emotional appeals, failure to recognize distinctions, and several other logical fallacies.

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

Below is a list of exegetical fallacies that deal with presuppositions and carsom reconstructions. It provides clear definitions and good illustrations, and is especially adept at distinguishing and relating the various This book is written for preachers and Bible study leaders.

He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. Unwarranted Associative Jumps— Allowing a word or phrase to trigger an associated idea, concept, or experience that bears no explicit relation to the text but is then used to interpret the text. This chapter was probably the least helpful given the lack of Greek that I have had. The book is relatively easy to follow, and does exegetifal require knowledge of Greek, although it is helpful.



Below are listed several exegetical fallacies that deal with the improper use of logic. This book offers updated explanations of the sins of exeggetical to teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices.

To argue that the Bible is authoritative, but to be unable to come to anything like agreement on what it says even with those who share an evangelical commitmentis self-defeating. Problems Relating to the Semitic Background of the Greek New Testament— Imposing an overly close correlation between a Semitic word and Greek equivalent without consulting the Hellenistic context of its usage.

This was made depressingly clear to me in a recent book I read about a former pasto 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.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

Or perceiving the time reference of the conditional statement to be in relation to the speaker rather than in reference to the protasis. InterVarsity, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Abstract —Biblical interpretation is susceptible to false premises in the process of exegesis by violating laws of language and logic, and maintaining faulty presuppositions.

Less listing, more grouping, and more links and flows would make the book easier to read. See Carson, Exegetical Fxllacies Set up a giveaway.

Every person who interacts with the biblical text brings along a certain amount of preunderstanding.