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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This book exeetical full of illuminating examples that illustrate the different fallacies he lists and it should help any Christian approach interpreting the Bible with more care and humility.

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It was also written And the REAL issue is that the information in the book is truly valuable, well-organized, and easy-to-follow. Thus, a “hermeneutical circle” is set up. Semantic Anachronism— Reading a more recent meaning of a word back into earlier literature. They are drawn from a wide variety of sources, from popular level writing to scholarly academic papers.

Presuppositional and Historical Fallacies 5. 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.

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

Purely Emotive Appeals— Assuming that emotional appeals based on sincerity and conviction can supplant the role of reason and logic. See 1 question about Exegetical Fallacies…. There was in fact significant semantic range overlap with “phileo” due to homonymic clash between “kyneo” to kiss and “kyno” to impregnate. This awareness will prepare them to better evaluate arguments they come across in commentaries and other exegetical resources.

When the differences are more clearly perceived, then it becomes faloacies to approach the text with greater sensitivity than would otherwise be the case. Carson presents fallacies caused by a lack or complete disregard of critical thought in the exegetical process.


Additionally at times Carson is difficult to follow, although this might be personally. First, have humility about what we actually know or can know. It is helpful in the sense that those who put in the effort to at fallaciess very least skim through it will be made aware of the complex role grammar plays in exegesis.

Wrong understanding of the principles of language, errors in understanding word definitions and usage, the proper governance of context, or grammar lead to incorrect conclusions about meaning.

The second significant chapter made this very clear, since the fallacies were concerned with Greek grammar.

The interpreter who approaches a text, it is argued, already brings along a certain amount of cultural, linguistic, and ethical baggage. Each fallacy points to an error in the way the interpreter lets their preunderstanding taint their view of the text or the way the interpreter shapes historical renderings to suit their perspective or support and agree with prior conclusions. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois.

Careon 25, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves: In His chapter on presuppositional and historical fallacies, Carson explains how our own frame of reference can influence how we read the Bible, and how to read the Bible correctly, understanding what it means from the author’s perspective. Carson achieves this in the realm of New Testament exegesis. 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.

However, the analogy the author proposed was just as inappropriate possibly worsejust in xeegetical other direction. 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 author of this book is D. Apr 16, Peter Krol rated it it was amazing.


An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

The author addresses the fallacies based upon grammatical units, morphology, and construction. Carson is a professor of the New Testament and does not give any Old Testament examples. The difference between exegesis and hermeneutics p. 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.

Carson has a B. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. One could subtitle this work, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The author makes this chapter very practical for its readers by not only providing examples in Greek and Hebrew, but also in English.

I particularly was challenged to think more carefully when it comes to the boo This is a good book for those who engage in exegesis of the Bible. As a result this book has prompted me to think more carefully of my interpretation of the Bible.


Unlike scientific experiments, historical events and people cannot be recreated. As Carson writes p. The list of carso is useful, but the arguments presented against them are not as strong as the arguments in the first four chapters.

Solid gold and good to be reminded not to dink around with the text and be aware of subtle ways to mishandle the Word in order to get it to say what I want.