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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The book is laid out in five self-explanatory chapters: Carson is brilliant, and he masterfully explains the most common exegetical callacies related to New Testament interpretation relating to language, grammar, logic and history. Careless Appeal to Background Material— Using background information to formulate a meaning for which there is little or no substantial connection or grounds for its validity.

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Carson closes the book by reminding the reader to fallaciss the trap of despair by approaching exegesis with a combination of humility and persistence. Unwarranted Generalizations xarson Overspecifications— Simply using one particular example to extrapolate a generalization that then is applied universally. Only then can we profitably fuse our horizon of understanding with the horizon of understanding of the text—that is, only then can we begin to shape our thoughts by the thoughts of the text so that we truly understand them.

Next, Carson deals with logical fallacies.

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. Additionally at times Carson is difficult to follow, although this might be personally. He has been widely involved in preaching, teaching, and networking with churches to support the outreach of the gospel and the advancement of the kingdom.


Rather, truth has degrees of precision to it that do not invalidate it as being inaccurate simply because it could be stated with greater clarity. I really do respect the authors I’m critiquing and their works are, overall, extremely valuable. The next chapter is on logical fallacies.

Negative Inferences— Assuming that if a proposition is true, then the negative inference of that proposition must also be true. But these responses thereby shape the mental baggage the interpreter is carrying, so that exegeticsl the next round the kinds of questions addressed to the text will be slightly different, and will therefore generate a fresh series of responses-and so on, and so on.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. In the second chapter, Carson turns to addressing fallacies based upon grammatical units, morphology and construction.

An Overview of Exegetical Fallacies

The book assumes the readers will know Greek especially in his chapter on grammatical fallacies. This book is a handy summation of the major types of exegetical fallacies. Carson Limited preview – The treatments of New Testament use of the Old and the rise of Structuralism do little more than alert the reader to the existence xarson an issue, though to his credit, he directs the reader to sources for additional information regarding structuralism and the process of distinguishing figurative and literal linguistic uses.

Although some of the fallacies discussed pertain specifically to original exehetical and will therefore not be of much use for those who are not familiar with Hebrew and especially Greek, Carson discusses a sufficient number of fallacies that are just as dangerous for those who study the Bible in English as they are for those who study it in Greek and Hebrew.

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The first chapter addresses the pitfalls of improper word studies. Carson No preview available – Lastly, for presuppositional fallacies, one could argue it is a theme for the whole book – meaning distanciation. Carson is here at his exegetical best. On the other hand, the first and third chapters were very good and discussed fallacies related to words and logic respectively. Everyone tends to believe that their “doctrine” is correct, or the true doctrine.

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Semantic Anachronism— Reading a more recent meaning of a word back into earlier literature. However, the analogy the author proposed was just as inappropriate possibly worsejust exegeetical the other direction.

In one form or another, each fallacy points to an erroneous assumption that ignores an established law of language. It does not necessarily follow that just because a proposition is true that the negative inference of such a proposition is also true. This inclusion merits consideration even by students who only study English translations of the Scriptures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will keep it at the ready on my bookshelf. This failure manifests itself when fallaciee exegete ignores what the greater context is as well as when he ignores the limitations of that context. The book was certainly good, but I was not part of the target audience. Historical reconstructions are an effort of specialists to recover information exegetocal culture, events, people, and places in an attempt to fill in gaps in understanding the ancient world.

Overall well written and interesting.

exegteical For word studies, I was particularly intrigued by the notion that the Greek “agape” does not, in and of itse A brilliant little book that I will have to return to again. Introduction to Exegetical Fallacies.