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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In most of the cases mentioned below, the error in logic is committed by trying to force meaning upon a fallackes by incorrect associations, deductions, or conclusions that neglect logical consistency in the available information data.

I would have to say that Exegetocal feel generous giving the book a single star because of one single factor: Exebetical the work is not intended to instruct on Biblical languages per se, nevertheless the focus of the book on mistakes and fallacies is helpful as a lesson for interpreters of the Bible to be careful of avoiding common pitfalls in their exegesis.

Needless to say, the arguments can be endless. The author addresses the fallacies based upon grammatical units, morphology, and construction. In one form or another, each fallacy points to an erroneous assumption that ignores an established law of language.

Mar 27, Eric rated it it was amazing. Second is to do the best you can using historical sources p. Such cagson relativism is not only unnecessary, but also self-contradictory; for the authors of such views expect us to understand the meaning of their articles!

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is a valuable discussion, for he recognizes both the necessity and the danger of distanciation in relation to exegesis and spiritual life.

The book assumes the readers will know Greek especially in his chapter on grammatical fallacies. The book is a hodgepodge, with some topics given lengthy treatment and others only mentioned or glossed over.

Carson covers all the various areas of fallaccies ranging from Word-Study, Grammatical, Logical, Presuppositional, and Historical fallacies. When the differences [between your horizon and 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.


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. Carson describes the fallacies of the fa,lacies chapter as presuppositional and historical. Some of it was beyond my ability to understand well, but I’ll return to this book over and over as I learn. 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.

I especially like that Ccarson used his own errors as examples. Some minor alterations have been made for improvement of clarity or intelligibility.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

Carson’s work is a seminary-level text for which some knowledge of Greek is expected and biblical interpretation is already a exeegetical. The first two chapters of this book are fascinating with many very specific linguistic fallacies that dog biblical exegetes of all stripes, carso while I found ample information to be applied outside this narrow niche, I looked forward to the third chapter, dealing specifically with logical fallacies, as I hoped there would be even more there to apply to other ways of thinking.

Even though it is punctiliar, it does not necessarily mean exgetical is a completed action. While a scholarly topic it is relatively easy to read. For what this book sets out to be, it’s fantastic. He also shows how our interpretation of history can be muddled up under the historical fallacies.

In fact, it’s so bad, you expect about halfway through that Carson is going to reveal that the book is a parody of exegetical criticism. It is also brief and to the point. Thus, a “hermeneutical circle” is set up. Overall well written and interesting. Carson achieves this in the realm of New Testament exegesis. The Influence of the Principles of Orality on the For logical fallacies, there were many great examples.

Careless Appeal to Exeetical Material— Using background information to formulate a carsln for which there is little or no substantial connection or grounds for its validity. This awareness will prepare them to better evaluate arguments they come across in commentaries and other exegetical resources. We must rather discern what our prejudices are and make allowances for them; and meanwhile we should learn all the historical theology we can.


So phileo took on the meaning of kyneo. Negative Inferences— Assuming that if a proposition is true, then the negative inference of that proposition must also be true. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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Without these processes we would be severely limited in our capacity to interpret the Bible at all. Below are listed several exegetical fallacies that deal with the improper use of logic.

Because traditions are reshaped as they are passed on, after a while we may drift catson from God’s Word fallacied still insisting all our theological opinions are ‘biblical’ and therefore true. It really is an insidious problem, particularly in our current, politically correct culture.

Semantic Obsolescence— Assigning meaning to a word that it used to have in earlier times but is no longer found within the semantic range at the time of composition. In years to come, this book will be an easy tool for me to refer back to whenever I want to double check that I’m exegetiical making the sorts of logical errors in text interpretation that this short volume expertly helps people of all folds to sidestep.

Falladies Restriction of the Semantic Field— Limiting the semantic range of a word that ignores the full range of possible meanings it can have.

It warns us of the fallacies we are so easily prone to commit especially when exegegical are trying to safe-guard a pet doctrineand it serves to help us better detect such fallacies in others. His book, The Gagging of God: I have neither formal training nor do I know Greek.

In the second chapter, Carson turns to addressing fallacies based upon grammatical units, morphology and construction.

Baker Academic, My library Help Advanced Book Search. A critical interpretation of Scripture is one that has adequate justification—lexical, grammatical, cultural, theological, historical, geographical, or other justification.

Jul 17, Ben rated it it was amazing. Published March 1st by Baker Academic first published November 30th