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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’ve read a good many scholars who could have used a lesson or two in humility and gentility, but I’ve never read another book that could match this for arrogance and condescension. And the REAL issue is that the information in the book is truly valuable, well-organized, and easy-to-follow. Baker BooksMar 1, – Religion – pages. Every person who interacts with the biblical text brings along a certain amount of preunderstanding.

When the differences [between your horizon fallaciez the horizon of the text] are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case.

He’s no respecter of doctrinal strand when it comes to exwgetical out faulty exegesis, and some carsom and illustrations he gives are pretty comical. For logical fallacies, there were many great examples.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

The author urges for additional study of linguistics to help in the protection from making numerous exegetical fallacies. Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral: The chapter on Word Studies I found particularly helpful. With those qualifiers out of the way, this is an incredibly useful volume that should improve any preacher from any theological background. Mar 25, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves: Exegesis concludes by saying, This passage means such and such”; hermeneutics ends by saying, ‘This interpretative process is constituted by the following techniques and preunderstandings.


Brief, practical, and helpful. The book was certainly good, but I was not part of the target audience. Unwarranted Adoption of an Expanded Semantic Field Illegitimate Totality Transfer — Incorporating a broader scope of meaning for a word in a particular context that is greater than the context allows. The fact remains that among those who believe the canonical sixty-six books are nothing less than the Word of God written there is a disturbing array of mutually incompatible theological opinions.

Or perceiving the time reference of the conditional statement to be in relation to the speaker rather than in reference to the protasis. 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.

Exegetical Fallacies – D. A. Carson – Google Books

Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies. He even humbly includes some of his own work as illustrations of fallacy. These fallacies also run over into other books as well, such as textbooks, history books, even simple narratives or stories.

I gleaned bits about specific topics, texts, and just a greater overall appreciation for Biblical translation than I had prior to reading it. Trivia About Exegetical Fallacies.

In other words, no distinction is made between language and the way people think. For what this book sets out to be, it’s fantastic. It is incumbent on the reader to be self aware of the biases he or she brings when reading historical materials. Apr 16, Justin Tapp rated it really liked it Shelves: The whole book was fascinating and sobering.

Improperly Handled Syllogisms— Pairing multiple statements of logic syllogisms together in such a way as to infer connections between the pairings that do not exist.


Exegetical Fallacies

Alas, his orrery of errors tends in this direction as well. In Elizabethan English it means to “make haste, be diligent”.

As Reflected in the Use of the Preview — Exegetical Fallacies by D. A Handbook for Students and Pastors 3rd Edition.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Equivocal Argumentation— Overreaching the implications of an argument beyond what it proves so as to make the argument seem conclusive or decisive on some level.

A critical interpretation of Scripture is one that has adequate justification—lexical, grammatical, cultural, exegstical, historical, geographical, or other justification. I found this rather amusing, since the author is leagues beyond me and someone I respect hugely.

Carson examines word-study fallacies in chapter one, grammatical fallacies in chapter two, logical fallacies in chapter three, presuppositional and historical fallacies in chapter four, before offering some concluding reflections in chapter five.

And, more often than not, the error is in ignoring the context and investing undue authority in the words themselves. Then we may unwittingly transfer the authority of Scripture to our traditional interpretations and invest them with a false, even an idolatrous, degree of certainty.

Some minor alterations have been made for improvement of clarity or intelligibility. It is here where the sobering remarks most prominently affect the reader’s heart and make him examine himself or herself more carefully when doing the task of exegesis or just the task of trying to understand God’s Word, period.