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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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Wilkins Fa,lacies preview – The brief final chapter seems to be a catch-all for those fallacies which the author deemed important but do not fit within any of the previously mentioned categories. This 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 I’m convinced most Christians in “Bible-believing” churches do not because they are not taught how to.

Failure to Recognize Distinctions— Linking two ideas together in all aspects simply because they share similarities in certain aspects. This is where many Christians get tripped up.

Exegetical Fallacies: D. A. Carson: : Books

He even humbly includes some of his own work as illustrations of fallacy. Concluding Reflections Chapters one and two really focus on exegdtical and grammar fallacies as they pertain to the New Testament Greek. The pair agapaw and filew have so often been the objects of such errors that Carson decided to dedicate several pages to the issue of fallacies involving the pair p. Verbal Parallelomania— Claiming verbal or conceptual links and even dependency of meaning based on parallels alone, being selective in using certain parallels to establish meaning, or seeing parallels in every occurrence of a word.

He has been widely involved in preaching, teaching, and networking with churches to support the outreach of the gospel and the advancement carsoh the kingdom.

Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies. For example, just because the Greek dynamous power sounds like “dynamite,” doesn’t give you permission to mention dynamite from the pulpit!


They are drawn from a wide variety of sources, from popular level writing to scholarly academic papers.

To argue that the Bible is authoritative, but to be unable to come to anything like agreement on what it says even with those who share an evangelical commitmentis self-defeating. He notes fallacies that his own seminary professors made. The reader must pay close attention to these realities and approach this study as Carson suggests, with humble determination.

Unwarranted Restriction of the Semantic Field— Limiting the semantic range of a word that ignores the full range of possible meanings it can have. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom.

It assumes that you know at least some Greek.

The second chapter is on grammatical fallacies. Unfortunately this chapter did not deliver as it mostly covered very basic and common logical missteps with very few novel insights. 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. 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 scholars.

About the Author D. Some of it was beyond my ability to understand well, but I’ll return to this book over and over as I learn. This chapter was a good reminder of Greek grammar and common exegetical mistake at the level of tenses, voice, etc.

They require a series fallacues associated words to define their meaning.

Open Preview See a Problem? But those who do grammatical analyses and other forms of critical investigation are usually more aware of how to handle the text and are less likely to make presumptive statements that fall into the category of fallacies.

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An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies – Study Driven Faith

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


Thus, biblical interpretation requires the use of logic to assemble ideas and statements together into meaningful relationships fallzcies each other by which then a conclusion can be drawn. Everyone tends to believe that their “doctrine” is correct, or the true doctrine.

Refresh and carsoon again. Acrson someone with little familiarity with that language might not profit as much from these chapters although I think they still might profit if nothing else in being able to detect those fallacies when they’re produced by others.

The Concept of Disciple in Matthew’s Gospel: Rather, it means that real knowledge is close to impossible if we fail to recognize our own assumptions, questions, interests, and biases; but if we recognize them and, in dialogue with the dallacies, seek to make allowances for them, we will be better able to avoid confusing our own world-views with those of the biblical writers.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

Carson seeks to reveal the numerous Exegetical Fallacies that occur from the pulpit. There is a good s on logical fallacies and a few on common specific errors that people make regarding the Greek.

This chapter will prove helpful to second year Greek students in the vital task of bridging the gap between morphology and context. First, have humility about what we actually know or can know. The book isn’t very long, so I read it across sittings, and whilst going through the book with a friend, it also made for great conversation.

I really do respect the authors I’m critiquing and their works are, overall, extremely valuable.