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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It provides clear definitions and good illustrations, and is especially adept at distinguishing and relating the various “members” of the various families of related fallacies. This inclusion merits consideration even by students who only study English translations of the Scriptures.

Thus, biblical interpretation requires the use of logic to assemble ideas and statements together into meaningful relationships to each other by which then a conclusion can be drawn.

The book was a good reminder of the care, attention-to-detail, and humility necessary to handle the Word of God rightly. It provides clear definitions and good illustrations, and is especially adept at distinguishing and relating the various Carson is a professor of the New Testament and does not give any Old Testament examples.

Exegetical Fallacies – D. A. Carson – Google Books

At some points it seemed that he was unable to criticize his own methods that this book. I do not know if he dealt with all topics properly or if he should have paid more attention falalcies certain issues. 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.


There also other times where I felt myself really wishing he would expand on fallzcies concept which he treated with only a brief perusal, however I understand this is meant to be a short and concise book. Carson’s work is a seminary-level text for which some knowledge of Greek is expected and biblical interpretation is already a habit.

Exegetical Fallacies

This fallacy is the first to arrive when one fails to properly achieve distanciation. Within this section, he returns to the issue of distanciation and discusses the problems caused when an exegete fails to properly distance his own personal theology from the exegesis of the text.

The Middle Voice— Assuming that the middle voice always connotes a reflexive action or suggests that the subject acts of itself. This book is broken up into five chapters. Jerry also writes and blogs online on www. The author even uses two examples where he has been found guilty of exegetical fallacies. This is an excellent, yet brief overview of the many different mistakes Christians and non-Christians make when interpreting the Bible.

I suppose it demonstrates the earlier fallacy he talked about where one presumes the theological position that they already believe in making an argument.

Words are not merely an isolated collection of symbols that represent a static idea. Historical reconstructions are an effort of specialists to recover information about culture, events, people, and places in an attempt to fill in gaps in understanding the ancient world.

The author succeeds in making this chapter and others very accessible to students who do not know the original languages by providing not only fxllacies in Greek and Hebrew, but also in English.

It appears that when proper contextual considerations are left out of the exegetical task, personal opinion and assumption wait ready to fill the void. Carson Dahms David Hackett Fischer deliberative discussion exegeitcal distanciation distinction Eerdmans emotional Epistle error etymology evangelical evidence example exegesis exegetical fallacies F. I do highly recommend the book for seminarians, ministers, and lay people as the awareness of these fallacies is very helpful.


Carson focusing on a topic not too often discussed.

The book exwgetical relatively easy to follow, and does not require knowledge of Greek, although it is helpful. Further it will help you to identify and possibly avoid making some mistakes in your understanding and application of the Word of God. It is filled with dry wit.

Having said that, I still it is beneficial for those specializing in the Old Testament. The interpreter who approaches a text, it is argued, already brings along a certain amount carsonn cultural, linguistic, and ethical baggage. Those who rely solely on English translations will find its usefulness minimal, though not completely absent.

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

So phileo took on the meaning of kyneo. Mar 27, Eric rated it it was amazing.