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Exegetical Fallacies has ratings and reviews. Chase said: For what this book sets out to be, it’s fantastic. As a quick overview of the most co. **The following outline is largely adapted from D. A. Carson, Exegetical Fallacies (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, ).[i]. Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd Edition. by: D. A. Carson D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical.

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Paperbackpages. Should be required reading in seminaries.

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. It serves as a plumb line for students of the Scriptures by helping them judge the quality of their work.

Exegetical Fallacies

I have neither formal training nor do I know Greek. The Non Sequitur — Assuming that a statement or conclusion logically flows from a previous statement without proper cause or connection.

Carson is here at his exegetical best. The Article— Interpreting the meaning and use of the Greek article in terms of the English article.

At its worst, this despair prevents one from even attempting exegesis for fear of doing it wrong. The book is laid out in five self-explanatory chapters: In this review, we will look at each chapter individually.

Carson’s work is a seminary-level text for which some knowledge of Greek is expected and biblical interpretation is already a habit. Open Preview See a Problem?


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Carson is brilliant, and he masterfully explains the most common exegetical errors related to New Testament interpretation relating to language, grammar, logic and history. As a quick overview of the most common word-grammar fallacies, logical fallacies, historical fallacies, etc.

Because it is not meant to teach how to exegete, it must follow instruction from other sources. Dec 20, James Everingham rated it really liked it. Carson No preview available – Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral: I believe every Christian should read this book. I really do respect the authors I’m critiquing and their works are, overall, extremely valuable. Other editions – View all Exegetical Fallacies D.

He’s no respecter of doctrinal strand when it comes to calling out faulty exegesis, and some examples and illustrations he gives are pretty comical. Be willing to press farson and gloss over the areas you feel you have no category for and you will benefit from pulling the gold out of other areas.

This chapter will prove helpful to second year Greek students in fallacise vital task of bridging the gap between morphology and context. One could subtitle this work, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Carson covers all the various areas of fallacies ranging from Word-Study, Grammatical, Logical, Presuppositional, and Historical fallacies.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

The Middle Voice— Assuming that exegetiacl middle voice always connotes a reflexive action or suggests that the subject acts of itself. See Carson, Exegetical Fallacies It appears that when proper contextual considerations are left out of the exegetical task, personal opinion and assumption wait ready to fill the void.


Negative Inferences— Assuming that if a proposition is true, then the negative inference of that proposition must also be true. Unwarranted Generalizations and Overspecifications— Simply using one particular example to extrapolate a generalization that then is applied universally.

Concerning the laws of logic, principles of argumentation, premises, and reasoning are sometimes neglected or distorted, resulting in false conclusions. Feb 22, Zack rated it really liked it.

Exegetical Fallacies – D. A. Carson – Google Books

I can now read more skeptically various commentaries and Sunday school lessons that I look to for insight. Selective and Prejudicial Use of Evidence— Appealing to certain evidence in a selective way that justifies a particular view while ignoring or dismissing all other evidence.

Some of my highlights. That being said, it is a valuable reference—especially for readers who know a little Greek vocabulary, grammar and syntax. You might open it to the Flalacies first, and be amazed at the wide range of biblical passages, authors, and topics addressed in such a short book. While a scholarly topic it is relatively easy to read.

Additionally at times Carson is difficult to follow, although this might be personally. Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies.