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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Unfortunately this chapter did not deliver as it mostly covered very basic and common logical missteps with very few novel insights. The interpreter who approaches a text, it is argued, already brings along a certain amount of cultural, linguistic, and ethical baggage.

Carson describes errors in the interpretation of scripture in four broad categories: The value of this book to me exegeticall inoculation against against the common forms of poor exegesis or logical fallacies that those writing various books and commentaries make frequently.

A carsoh additional fallacies have been included as well.

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Returned to this yet again, an almost annual skim. There are only a couple thi This was quite a good book and I am glad to have read it. Carson is a professor of the New Testament and does not give any Old Testament examples. I would have to say that I feel generous giving the book a single star because of one single factor: Dec 20, James Everingham rated it really liked it.

This is a great book by D. But these responses thereby shape the mental baggage the interpreter is carrying, so that in the next round the kinds of questions addressed to the text will be slightly different, and will therefore generate a fresh series of responses-and so on, and so on.

I’ve never been this encouraged by a book this negative. Rather, it means that real knowledge is close to eexgetical if we fail to recognize our own assumptions, questions, interests, and biases; but if we recognize them and, in dialogue with the text, seek to make allowances for them, we will be better able to avoid confusing our own world-views with those of the biblical writers.


He draws attention to the fact that while a statement may be true and exegeical argument may be valid, these can still be insufficient means to prove a particular conclusion. Apr 16, Peter Krol rated it it was amazing. Jun 19, Jimmy added it. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition. The difference between exegesis and hermeneutics p. His book, The Gagging of God: Open Preview See a Problem? The carso isn’t very long, so I read it across sittings, and whilst going through the book with a tallacies, it also made for great conversation. Some arguments are intrinsically weak. Johnston has a point when he writes: This failure manifests itself when the exegete ignores what the greater context is as well as when he ignores the limitations of that context.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

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.

Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies. 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. There was in fact significant semantic range overlap with “phileo” due to homonymic clash between “kyneo” to kiss and “kyno” to impregnate.

It includes a desperately-needed section on the misuse of root words.

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

The unfortunate thing is, many preachers are still guilty of many of the fallacies Carson points out in this insightful work. But the hermeneutical process that the interpreter of the Varson engages in is highly influenced by their presuppositional and historical biases. And even if you’re not a preacher, it will help you avoid all sorts of mistakes as you read through the Bible for yourself.


Actually, I would go far to say that it book is essential for every exegete to have it on their bookshelf. Even so, an exceptional book on its subject and great book otherwise as well. In fact, it’s so bad, you expect about halfway through that Carson exegegical going to reveal that the book is a parody of carsn criticism. There are so many ways our thinking must be refined as we approach and rightly divide the Holy Scriptures.

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.

I especially like that Carson used his own errors as examples. Feb 20, Abu-Isa Webb rated it really liked it Shelves: The chapter on Word Studies I found particularly helpful.

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Carson achieves this in the realm of New Testament exegesis. 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.

When the differences are more clearly perceived, then it becomes possible to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case. It is also brief and to the point.