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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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I would have to say that I feel generous giving the book a single star because of one single factor: We all have presuppositions that we bring to the interpretation of the Bible, and rxegetical all are attempting to hear what the text is saying but we sometimes have to infer information that carsob not explicitly stated. Much like in word-study fallacies, a poor understanding of Greek and Hebrew leads to several of the exegetical fallacies that are common from Biblical teachers.

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. It is also brief and to the point. Write a customer review.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

It does not mean “dynamite”, a destructive instrument. Carson closes the book by reminding the reader to avoid the trap of despair by approaching exegesis with a combination of humility and persistence.

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. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,7. 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.

Exegetical Fallacies: D. A. Carson: : Books

When the differences are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case. The list of fallacies is useful, but the arguments presented against them are ezegetical as strong as the arguments in the first four chapters.


The author makes this chapter very practical for its readers by not only providing examples in Greek and Hebrew, but also in English. How much damage might I do by my ignorance and exegetical clumsiness? See Carson, Exegetical Fallacies It cannot be done, and it is a fallacy to think it can be. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. They are general statements of futurity usually based on hypothetical circumstances. Baker Academic, The value of this book to me is inoculation against against the common forms of poor exegesis or logical fallacies that those writing various books and commentaries make frequently.

The unfortunate thing exegeticak, many preachers are still guilty of many of the fallacies Carson points out in this insightful work. Common terms and phrases action agapao anarthrous aorist tense apodosis appeal argue argument authority believe Bible biblical Caird Christ Christian church Commentary common conclusion context Corinthians course critical D.

The author urges for additional study of linguistics to help in the protection from making numerous exegetical fallacies. But these responses thereby shape the mental baggage the interpreter is carrying, so that in the next round the kinds of questions e to the text will be slightly different, and will therefore generate a fresh series of responses-and so on, and so on.

Great, helpful read Carson is a genius and seems to truly desire to handle the Word rightly. Common terms and phrases anarthrous aorist tense aorist verb appeal argue argument arguments from silence authority believe Bible Biblical Words Caird Christ Christian church cited Commentary conclusion context copula Corinthians course critical D.

Carson draws from his years of study and teaching experiences to create a guide for serious students of Biblical exegesis. It simply refers to the action itself, a geometric point without magnitude, with no specification as to whether it is instantaneous, repeated, or some other aspect to the verb. These deal largely with a failure to take into account the greater contexts of the Bible and history. May 26, Brice Bigham rated it it was amazing.

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The heart of several of the mistakes that occur in fallcies category is that semantics and meaning is more than the meaning of words. Explore the Home Gift Guide. His book, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral: This concise text focuses on exegitical fallacies, errors in interpretation and argumentation.

Really helpful brief treatment of common fallacies. Paperbackpages. 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.

Exegetical Fallacies

Jul 29, Daniel Mount rated it really liked it Shelves: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This book is a handy summation of the major types tallacies exegetical fallacies.

He also discusses the issue of distanciation, a phenomena which is especially common among seminary students. In the third chapter, Carson tackles the problem of faulty logic.

So someone with little familiarity with that language might not profit as much from these chapters although I thi This is a great book by D. In my opinion, every person who is serious about studying the Bible should read this book.

There is a good section on logical fallacies and a few on common specific errors that people make regarding the Greek. It provides clear definitions and good illustrations, and is especially adept at distinguishing and relating the various “members” of the various families of related fallacies.