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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He also shows how our interpretation of history can be muddled up under the historical fallacies. The real excitement though and I think a must-read for anyone really is the Introduction.

May 09, Andrew Pendleton rated it really liked it. For example, just because the Greek dynamous power sounds like “dynamite,” doesn’t give you permission to mention dynamite from the pulpit! Johnston has a point when he writes: The second chapter is on grammatical fallacies.

Concluding Reflections Chapters one and two really focus on word-study and grammar fallacies as they pertain to the New Testament Greek. I gleaned bits about specific topics, texts, and just a greater overall appreciation for Biblical translation than I had prior to reading it.

I particularly liked the section on negative inferences. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Farson 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 Esegetical convinced most Christians in “Bible-believing” churches do not because they are not taught how to.

In this review, we will look at each chapter individually. Jun 12, Kenneth Trax rated it it was amazing. I believe every Christian should read this book. These deal largely with a failure to take into account the greater contexts of the Bible and history.

Carsoj appears that when proper contextual considerations are left out of the exegetical task, personal opinion and assumption wait ready to fill the void.


When the differences are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case. Jun 28, Frank Peters rated it liked it. Speculative reconstructions cannot overturn substantive evidence of history and cannot be used as an authoritative means for interpretation.

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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. Aug 22, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: For grammatical fallacies, I was struck by the commentary on the aorist tense. I suppose it demonstrates the earlier fallacy he talked about where one presumes the theological position that they already believe in making an argument.

I’ve read This book is a handy summation of the major types of exegetical fallacies. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

It falalcies a desperately-needed section on the misuse of root words. This book is a handy summation of the major types of exegetical fallacies. We also confirm this by looking at the Greek source [‘spoudason] which means “make haste, be diligent.

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

But I can also be more confident as Carson critiques the logical fallacies that post-modern “new” interpreters make in saying the meaning of a text cannot be known because of the personal lens I look through to see it.


The two largest groups of fallacies Carson treats are those concerning individual words and logical errors.

Fallacies of Causation— Accepting causative explanations for events to which they are not causes, either because they are inferred causes, oversimplified causes, re-ordered causes, uncorrelated causes, or imaginary causes. The author makes this chapter very practical for its readers by not only providing examples in Greek and Hebrew, but also in English.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

With those qualifiers out of the way, this is an incredibly useful volume that should improve any preacher from any theological background. Actually, I would go far to say that it book is essential for every exegete to have it on their bookshelf. Your email address will not be published. Lists with This Book. So someone with little familiarity with that language might not profit as much from these chapters exegettical I think they still might profit if nothing else in being able to detect those fallacies when they’re produced by others.

Aug 15, Chase Tremaine rated it really liked it. So phileo took on the meaning of kyneo. Unwarranted Fallaices of the Semantic Field— Limiting the semantic range of a word that ignores the full range of fallacied meanings it can have. Carson is methodical as he works his way through many different exegetical fallacies that most Christians can make and this is true sometimes even the most academic of fallcaies. Share your thoughts with other customers.

He has gathered examples of more than fifty fallacies, some commonly committed, some rare.