Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd Edition. by: D. A. Carson D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is emeritus professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical. “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. This book offers updated explanations of the sins of interpretation to teach sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices.

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It involves phrases, sentences, discourse, genre, style; it demands a feel for not only syntagmatic word studies those that relate words to other words but also paradigmatic word studies those that ponder exetetical this word is used instead of that word.

Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. The author succeeds in making this chapter and others very accessible to students who do not know the original languages by providing not only examples in Greek and Hebrew, but also in English.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

Paperbackpages. While a scholarly topic it is relatively easy to read. He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition.

Jul 29, Daniel Mount rated it really liked it Shelves: The author even uses two examples where he has been found guilty of exegetical fallacies. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The basic premise in word studies is that words are fluid entities that are affected by their surroundings. The two largest groups of fallacies Carson treats are those concerning individual words and logical errors.


Exegetical Fallacies

Carson lays out well-thought out examples of each fallacy and notes the importance of being self-critical in investigating the Biblical text.

Carson’s work is a seminary-level text for which some knowledge of Greek is expected and biblical interpretation is already a habit. This fallacy is the first to arrive when one fails to properly achieve distanciation. I really do respect the authors I’m critiquing and crson works are, ffallacies, extremely valuable. 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.

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

Speculative reconstructions cannot overturn exegrtical evidence of history and cannot be used as an authoritative means for interpretation. Thus, the target audience was for those with seminary degrees who at least believe are competent in New Testament Greek.

The Middle Voice— Assuming that the middle voice always connotes a reflexive action or suggests that the subject acts of itself. How do we interpret it?

Words are not merely an isolated collection of symbols that represent a static idea. 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. Even the questions the interpreter tries to ask or fails to ask of the text reflect the limitations imposed by that baggage; they will in some measure shape the kind of “responses” that can come back from the text and the interpreter’s understanding of them.


Such absolute relativism is not only unnecessary, but also self-contradictory; for the authors of such views expect us to understand the meaning of their articles!

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

In other words, no distinction is made between language and the way people think. Carson No preview available – Carson No preview available – It provides clear definitions and good illustrations, and is especially adept at distinguishing and relating the various “members” of the exegetival families of related fallacies.

Apr 16, Peter Krol rated it it was amazing. My favorite chapters were on logical fallacies and historical and presuppositional fallacies.

Semantic Anachronism— Reading a more recent meaning of a word back into earlier literature. He has been at Trinity since I found this rather amusing, since the author exegetidal leagues beyond me and someone I respect hugely.

rallacies But Exegetical Fallacies has to be a humbling read for even the most well-trained, because so many of the scholars Carson is critiquing are career professionals in biblical study.